Friday, May 31, 2013


Anyone challenged with new technology can breathe a sigh of relief because some help is on the way at the next Open Access Session at the Royalton Hartland Community Library. It will be held on Monday, June 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Open Access refers to instruction time on a computer, iPad, eReader or Smart Phone with a trainer. Area residents are invited to the upcoming session at the library at 9 Vernon Street in Middleport, to learn how to use just about any of the new devices out today.

You can also learn how to download the free e-books from the NIOGA library system’s online service called Overdrive, and learn how to use Freegal, the free music download service. Freegal offers patrons up to three free songs each week and features songs from tens-of-thousands of popular artists. The songs can be played on many devices and downloading them is a snap, especially after learning how to it at the upcoming Open Access Session. Downloaded songs are yours to keep after downloading them from Freegal.

Residents can stop by and meet with an e-mobile trainer from the NIOGA Library System, who will be at the library to answer questions and show how to use just about any electronic device on an individual, walk-in basis. Bring your own electronic devices like the Kindle, Nook, iPad, flash drive or other computer equipment (including your charging cords) and ask questions about them or about Overdrive and Freegal. You will be able to download items right at the session so you will know how to do it on your own. There will also be computers and some devices provided by NIOGA at the session.

According to Rose Bernard, Library Director, “We were so delighted at the great participation at our last Open Access Session. This session has been scheduled in the afternoon and early evening to be convenient for most people and there is no fee for this helpful session.”

“There are no silly questions at these Open Access Session. Please come and ask all questions you have,” says Bernard. "That is what the June 3 Open Access session is for.”

The Royalton Hartland Community Library periodically offers sessions like Open Access and residents are encouraged to check the library’s website at for program information or you can call the library at 735-3281.