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Old 09-15-2013, 10:22 AM   #16
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Is the library open to International applications for a library card?
You have to pick up the card in person and as I understand, you check the ebooks out at the library, not online. The whole point I guess is to get people, especially children into the library.
I that area of the city, 75% of people do not have internet in their home.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:38 AM   #17
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I was looking at their library policies and procedures and it seems items can be checked out online:

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Although it seems the library is only open to those who are residents of Bexar County or who pay property taxes there.
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They had a segment about this library on the evening news yesterday, and yes, they mentioned it was for residents of Bexar County. They also showed that they have hundreds of e-book readers with covers that are loaned out for/with the downloaded books. They're rigged so that they go blank if they're not returned. They didn't explain any further.
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Well, they're already flirting with scienceless textbooks so why not push the envelope a little further?
I could tell both of you a few more things that've happened down here, but this isn't the right board and I don't want the thread getting moved. Suffice it to say that religion lost control over education a couple of centuries ago, for very good reason.
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Difficult to find an actual picture of the place, but this story has one of the lines of computers. I want to see one of the other side.
http://www.news4sanantonio.com/news/...ary-3637.shtml

I still haven't found any info on the brand of the 600 e-readers. My husband was told by someone that they might be Nooks. Just a rumor though as I can't find any concrete info on that in the stories. They said they increased the number of e-readers to 600 because of demand.

Here they have a slide show of pictures.
http://tpr.org/post/bexar-county-bib...s-live-weekend

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I still haven't found any info on the brand of the 600 e-readers. My husband was told by someone that they might be Nooks. Just a rumor though as I can't find any concrete info on that in the stories. They said they increased the number of e-readers to 600 because of demand.
The e-readers I saw on the TV news segment yesterday looked like Nooks to me.
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Texas also wants us to consider a Canadian as a candidate for president.
Any self respecting Canadian would demand to be called Prime Minister

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This seems exactly backwards to me. This is a poor area, and most residents don't have internet access. They need books they can see, the ability to sit in a chair and read a book WITHOUT SOMEONE LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER. In the story, Mr. Pena said he liked electronic books because he didn't have to worry about losing or damaging them. What about the electronic reader? If you want to have a bookless library, start in an area where everyone has internet access and can explore what the net has to offer.

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This seems exactly backwards to me. This is a poor area, and most residents don't have internet access.
To look at it from another direction: checking out an ereader makes perfect sense for people who don't have private transport. Schlepping home a bag full of paper books on a bus or by foot, as well as carrying your groceries, is really hard.
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This seems exactly backwards to me. This is a poor area, and most residents don't have internet access. They need books they can see, the ability to sit in a chair and read a book WITHOUT SOMEONE LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER. In the story, Mr. Pena said he liked electronic books because he didn't have to worry about losing or damaging them. What about the electronic reader? If you want to have a bookless library, start in an area where everyone has internet access and can explore what the net has to offer.
Is that how it is in "poor areas" of Chicago? There is plenty of broadband coverage in the south part of San Antonio. To access ebook files you wouldn't even need broadband, though, dial-up would work fine. I doubt that you could find a welfare mother without 250 channels of U-verse and as much broadband as they want, to go along with their "Obama" Wireless Phone.

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Is that how it is in "poor areas" of Chicago? There is plenty of broadband coverage in the south part of San Antonio. To access ebook files you wouldn't even need broadband, though, dial-up would work fine. I doubt that you could find a welfare mother without 250 channels of U-verse and as much broadband as they want, to go along with their "Obama" Wireless Phone.

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I kind of agree without the negative connotations. Most really poor people I know do have wireless and cable. And a cellphone.

I don't find myself begrudging them that especially as they must do without a lot in life. Most of them that do have it also seem to feed and cloth their children which I am in favour of as well.

And if they are seeking to get ahead, hard to do these days without a phone and internet and often internet and cable are the only forms of entertainment they have.

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I doubt that you could find a welfare mother without 250 channels of U-verse and as much broadband as they want, to go along with their Wireless Phone.
What's wrong with that? The schools are starting to assume a majority of the students have smartphones, and the teachers are actually having the kids use their mobile broadband access in class for school purposes.

For example, putting a QR code to a teacher's blog post that includes links to research materials they wouldn't otherwise have access to, or letting students check their grades online. Considering the school can't afford a netbook or iPad for each student and the kids are much rougher on school equipment than something they have an investment in, it both saves the district money and helps their education.

As for having 250 channels, a lot of the time cable is bundled with an apartment. You get it whether you want it or not. So please don't try to shame people for something they have no control over. And please don't try killing a good thing because of your personal opinions on how welfare welfare should work and who should qualify. I work with these kids on an almost daily basis, and I see how access to technology is helping their education.
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So, you also would disagree with "Sydney's Mom" who posted: "This is a poor area, and most residents don't have internet access." As I happen to live in San Antonio, I know how wrong such a statement is. As to the difference between the liberal and conservative view of the welfare state, such discussions are not allowed here (at least not the conservative side).

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In that particular area where the library has been placed many do not have internet. That was also stated in one of the articles. I think they said its as high as 75%. Again, in that area, not all of San Antonio.
Heck, even in the area I live, I know many that don't have internet, for various reasons.

These people now have access to computers and internet and can be part of modern life in that way. There were a lot of older folks apparently too that showed up to get the hang of going online.

If it wasn't such a drive for me, I would check this one out. But I hate driving here.
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