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Grants provide free e-readers

Published: Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 12:44 p.m. CST

DeKALB – Patrons and small business owners are in for a treat: the DeKalb Public Library received 12 Kindle e-readers, one tablet and a collection of business books to add to its circulating collection.

The Kindles were given to the library as part of the Eliminating the Digital Divide Grant. The tablet and business books were awarded as part of the Business and Libraries project. Both grants were given by the Illinois State Library.

The 12 Kindles are in addition to two Kindles and one Nook already in circulation. These specific Kindles are a great tool for those who are visually impaired, as they have a text-to-speech capability and also include audio menus.

The tablet is available to any small business owner in the DeKalb area, while the business books are for the entire DeKalb community.

The object of the Business and Libraries project is economic development across the state.  All of these items have a three-week borrowing period and can be checked out at the adult services circulation desk.

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