Carver Memorial Library in Searsport will hold a digital library open house from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The evening will include demonstrations, hands-on access to many new online services, and informal questions and answers with library staff.

Staff will demonstrate downloading audio books and eBooks from the Maine InfoNet Download Library, which offers free loans of thousands of popular titles in a variety of digital formats. Several eBook readers will be available to try and compare.

Participants will also be able to explore a wide variety of resources available from Maine Public Library Information Commons: employment services, in cooperation with the Maine Department of Labor; small business start-up and legal information; reliable health information; access to e-government services; and digital literacy training.

Also available is Learning Express, a high-quality collection of more than 700 learning centers and test-preparation aids at every level, from elementary school to college and beyond.

Staff will show off features of the library’s new online catalog that allow users to check their records, make requests and more. New notebook and desktop computers acquired through the Information Commons project will be available for use as well.

The library will hold a series of small-group mini-workshops beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21. These one-hour sessions will examine the library’s digital services in greater detail, and offer more hands-on time.

A schedule is available on the library’s web site at, or by calling the library. Registration is required for the mini-workshops, by phone or by email at