A Pantheon of printed fare, The Free Library of Philadelphia is becoming a go-to spot for the digitally illiterate looking to master that new piece of technology they found under the Christmas tree this week.
Trained librarians, called "gadget gurus" are offering Apple-like one-on-one training sessions at the Free Library’s Central Branch at 19th and Vine Streets in Logan Square during select hours throughout the rest of the year.
Said gurus can help with downloading applications, books and music, explain the features of new smartphones, tablets and e-readers and more, according to the library system. They will also show those who come for help how to access the Free Library’s digital media collections.
The system has been expanding its non-print collection offering those with a library card. That digital collection features more than 80,000 e-books, 9,000 audio books and streaming music. The Free Library also touts that it’s the largest provider of free WiFi in the city – with access at 54 branches across Philadelphia.
As for the holiday gadget help, appointments are necessary, but the assistance is only being offered during certain times over the next few days. Here’s the info:
- Monday, December 30 -- 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 31 -- 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Thursday, January 2 -- 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Friday, January 3 -- 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.