At Hamilton-Wenham Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 23, patrons can learn how to use four kinds of e-readers and tablets and the applications that allow them to download databases and books from the library.

There are a large number of digital devices people can read on these days, but finding one that suits you can be confusing.

To give patrons a close look at several types of devices, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is hosting an e-reader and tablet petting zoo on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

“It’s a basic overview of the devices,” said Rita Gavelis, a technology trainer and consultant to libraries and schools. “The four big ones would be an iPad, a Nook, a Kindle and a Nexus Android tablet. I’ll demonstrate how they work and what they do.”

The program is sponsored through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and is intended to provide information that is free from sales pitches.

Gavelis, who also works at the public library in Burlington, will demonstrate how to download applications that let people use library services.

“There are a number of apps that allow you to access library databases right from a tablet, as well as check out audiobooks and e-books directly onto tablets and read them at home or while you’re riding on a train,” she said.

For instance, Gale, an educational publisher, offers databases for students doing research who need to look up an article or journal.

The program is especially appropriate for people who may have gotten a new device for the holidays and aren’t sure how to use it or change its settings.

Gavelis isn’t sure how many tablets or readers she will be able to bring and encourages patrons to bring a device if they own one.

For more information, call Hamilton-Wenham Public Library at 978-468-5577 or visit www.hwlibrary.org.

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