The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

September 3, 2013

Jackson Township joins library


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MERCER — Mercer Area Public Library has expanded its service area to include Jackson Township.

Effective immediately, all Jackson Township residents will have free access to not only the library at 110 E. Venango St. and its online services, but to all other Pennsylvania public libraries.

Previously, township residents had to pay a $20 a year for library services.

Jackson Township residents can now visit the library and get a free library card in order to check out books and other materials from the library and from its digital collection of free ebooks and audiobooks. The digital collection can be downloaded to Kindles, Nooks, iPads and other tablets as well as smart phones, iPods and many other digital devices.

Residents will also have access to Mango Languages, an online language learning system that offers more than 40 foreign languages courses and 14 English as a Second Language courses, available exclusively for library patrons. With Mango Mobile, now available for Android and iPhone, patrons can learn while on the go.

Students and adults may benefit from the many online reference resources the library offers such as Ask Here PA, Power Library and Gale Virtual Reference Library, for students who require verifiable sources for research papers. If patrons are looking for materials that Mercer library doesn’t have, they will now be able to request Interlibrary Loan services, a state-sponsored service that is not available to paying card holders.

Jackson Township patrons will be able to use the Access Pennsylvania state library system, which enables them to get a library card from any other library in the state. They can then borrow books and download digital content from other libraries, in addition to Mercer.