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Light sabers, Darth Vader and City Council launch new Tempe e-book collection this Saturday

Darth Vader gets a library card

Post Date:12/17/2013

Contact: Tempe Public Library
Telephone: 480 350-5500


With a local Darth Vader, a light saber battle and free glo sticks for the kids, the Tempe Public Library will launch its new e-book collection on Saturday morning.

The library has offered e-books for years and they are extremely popular.  This is a new collection especially for Tempe Public Library cardholders.

The festivities will be part of Winter Extraordinaire this Saturday, Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m. About 300 children and their parents are expected to attend the seasonal celebration that includes storytelling, craft-making and cookie decorating.

The first 300 children to attend Winter Extraordinaire will receive glo bracelets. At 10:30 a.m., Mayor Mark Mitchell and Councilmember Kolby Granville will enter the Storytime Castle in the Tempe Public Library to officially check out the first e-book. Will our Tempe Darth Vader let them or will he try to take all the new books for himself? Find out this Saturday. Bring a camera and the kids. 

About the e-books
While the library has offered e-books for years, it has purchased access to a new 3,000 e-book collection based on the requests and usage habits of Tempe Public Library patrons. The collection is larger than most libraries of Tempe's size would offer. Each year, the number of offerings in the collection will grow. Anyone with a valid Tempe Public Library card can use the collection at no cost from any location with Internet service.  

There was a 54 percent increase in the use of electronic books, movies and music at the library last year. More than 11,000 books and audiobooks were downloaded last year. The popularity of Kindles, Nooks, iPads and other e-readers is fueling the demand.  

Everyone is welcome to attend. The celebration is free.

About the Tempe Public Library
The Tempe Public Library receives more than 750,000 visitors each year and has one of the country’s largest children’s programs. Beyond storytime and book clubs, the library offers a relaxing café, computer classes, classes for using e-readers, author visits and a variety of programs relevant to your life. Discover more about the Tempe Public Library at or visit at 3500 S. Rural Road.


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