Watertown Free Public Library now Offers a Look Into the Town’s History for Free to Patrons Through BiblioBoard®

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The Watertown Free Public Library (WFPL) now offers free access to BiblioBoard to all patrons.

“BiblioBoard gives the Watertown Free Public Library a competitive edge by capturing the attention of patrons in a fast-moving digital world,”said Mitchell Davis, Biblioboard's Chief Business Officer.

The Watertown Free Public Library(WFPL) now offers free access to BiblioBoard to all patrons. BiblioBoard is an easy-to-use platform that allows the WFPL to offer the library’s localized content to patrons digitally, via an intuitive interface similar to the experience many people have on a daily basis using other consumer products. To start, the WFPL has created digital exhibits showcasing high school yearbooks.

Mitchell Davis, founder and Chief Business Officer of BiblioLabs, believes this is a great opportunity for the Watertown Free Public Library to enhance patrons’ reading and learning experience. “BiblioBoard gives the Watertown Free Public Library a competitive edge by capturing the attention of patrons in a fast-moving digital world.”

The current collection features Watertown High School’s yearbook, The Annual, in its entirety from various years between 1925 and 1958. Patrons can enjoy exploring the antique books in a digital format and possibly find themselves or loved ones in the pages. Highlights from The Annual include everything from photos of the high school’s marching band in a 1955 parade to advertisements from beloved local businesses such as one for a prom dress from Mary Burns’ formal boutique for only $19.95.

Collections including local history files from Watertown are in the works as well. The library encourages patrons to “learn how things have changed over time and what has stayed the same” in the town through these digital exhibits. The WFPL plans on diversifying their content by adding more collections of photos and documents from their local history files. “We have so many things we’ll continue to digitize such as annual reports, photographs, newspapers and much more. We’re hoping to also add self-published books by local authors such as Hugh Howey,” adds library representative Sara Wiedeman.

Users can access BiblioBoard through the library’s website (watertownlib.org) or synch with the device of their choice, including the iPad®, iPad® mini, Kindle Fire®, Galaxy ®, Nexus® and more.

About Watertown Public Library
The Watertown Free Public Library provides access to a wide variety of popular materials, resources, services and programs that fulfill the informational, cultural and recreational needs of Watertown and surrounding communities. The WFPL works to create an environment that attracts and welcomes users of all ages and abilities.

About BiblioBoard®
BiblioBoard is the PatronsFirst mobile library. The folks behind BiblioBoard are a powerful team based in Charleston, SC. They aim to transform access to information by providing a world-class user experience that thrills library patrons and is profitable for publishers. BiblioBoard is moving library content delivery into the future in a sustainable way. BiblioBoard, used by nearly 2,000 libraries and in three statewide eBook projects, reaches 15 million patrons. BiblioLabs is also a proud member of the Charleston Digital Corridor. To learn more, visit http://www.biblioboard.com.

Media Contact
For more information, contact:
Sara Wiedeman
Public Relations Specialist
swiedeman(at)watertown-ma(dot)gov
Watertown Free Public Library

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