SIKESTON, Mo. -- Two Scott County libraries have received state grants to better assist patrons with their e-reader devices.
The Sikeston Public Library received a federal e-reader Exploration Grant for $1,871, while the Chaffee Public Library received the same type of grant for $1,480.
Ron Eifert, assistant director of the Sikeston Public Library, said he was happy to hear the library was awarded the state grant.
"It's a no-match grant, which means 100 percent of the funds are from the state to let us purchase e-readers to do training sessions for our patrons in the library," Eifert said.
Eifert said e-reader trainings for patrons will likely begin the second or third week of August
"We're going to tailor to those who've never touched an e-reader before and want to see what all the fuss is about," Eifert said.
Another goal is to offer advanced training for people who've used them before or for those looking to make a switch from one type of e-reader to another, Eifert said.
Sikeston Public Library on May 31 began offering e-books and downloadable audiobooks through a consortium of 57 Missouri libraries called MoLib2Go.
"People are so enthusiastic about it and so glad we've made that jump," Eifert said. "People have had access issues but no problems with downloading and getting books to their devices."
Chaffee's funds will be used to purchase four to six devices, according to a staff member. The library staff will also receive training from Eifert later this month.
Having e-readers on-hand at the library will also help staff better assist patrons who have questions about their own e-readers, Eifert said. And it will also help those looking to purchase an e-reader decide which device they might like.