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Forest Hills Library to Start Lending Free Google Tablets This Week

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | October 21, 2014 12:47pm
 The Forest Hills branch of Queens Library will begin lending free tablets to its readers this week.
The Forest Hills branch of Queens Library will begin lending free tablets to its readers this week.
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QUEENS — The Forest Hills branch of the Queens Library will begin lending free Google tablets to its readers this week, the library said.

The branch, at 108-19 71st Ave., will have the tablets available starting Wednesday.

First-time borrowers will have to sign an agreement and present a photo ID, in addition to a Queens library card.

Readers will be able to keep the tablet for up to four months, the library said.

“The reason we did it that way is because we wanted students to be able to have it for the whole semester,” said Joanne King, a spokeswoman for the library.

Next week, the Flushing branch, located at 41-17 Main St., will also start lending the tablets.

Eventually, they will be available in all Queens Library branches.

Last year, Google donated 5,000 tablets to the Queens Library to help readers in the Hurricane Sandy-affected areas.

This summer, the institution expanded the program to the Central Library in Jamaica.

The tablets have pre-loaded content, including health resources and information for job seekers. They also contain e-books and e-magazines for reading offline, the library said.