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Arizona State Library launches ‘Reading Arizona’ ebook platform

The Arizona State Library has launched an ebook platform featuring over 500 books about the state of Arizona, reports the Ahwatukee Foothills News. The ‘Reading Arizona’ platform is powered by Biblioboard and is available on iOS, Android and Kindle tablets. The collection offers a range of genres, including thrillers, historical fiction, ‘haunted tour guides’ and academic biographies. Titles may be borrowed within the state simultaneously by multiple readers and there is no enforced return date. The platform was launched at the Arizona Library Association Conference in November and is funded by a Library Services and Technology grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Botswana libraries Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is extending its philanthropy program to Botswana’s libraries, reports Biztech Africa. The foundation will fund free internet access in national libraries as part of a four-year program rolled out by the country’s National Library Services Department. Botswana’s public library system consists of 24 branch libraries, 4 community libraries and 69 village reading rooms. When fully implemented, a total of 78 public libraries will be equipped with computers and internet access.


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