In the digital age local libraries remain popular

MORE than 300 people took part in Shoalhaven Libraries’ Tech Savvy Seniors Program in the last six months of 2013.

Participants undertook a variety of online topics, with the program to continue for the first six months of this year.

In its quarterly progress report, Shoalhaven Council said eBooks and eAudiobooks continue to grow in popularity.

Local libraries recorded nearly 8000 loans in the last six months, with the library eReaders also remaining popular items to borrow, with customers able to borrow them blank or preloaded. 

Shoalhaven Libraries reported a successful Book Week with more than 2000 students visiting the library to participate and a further 1500 students visited by the travelling Book Week roadshow. 

For its travelling roadshow, Shoalhaven Libraries won a highly commended in the 2013 NSW Public Libraries Marketing Awards. 

The Home Library Service has upgraded 10 of its navigators, which are used for borrowers who are sight-impaired. 

The new navigators are easier to use and have increased memory so more audiobooks are able to be loaded on them at any one time. 

Tech Tuesdays also remain popular, particularly with the older members of the community. 

On these days customers are able to get assistance with any technology queries or problems that they may have.