The Glendale and Pasadena central libraries on Thursday were not places to seek peace and quiet as city officials unveiled a new digital lending technology — the 3M Cloud.
In Glendale, an ice cream and cookie truck attracted dozens of people in the late afternoon as librarians sought to give as many library cards to people as they could.
Using the “cloud,” patrons can download ebooks to their computers, iPads, iPhones, Androids and ereaders with their library card's PIN, checking out up to five books at a time for up to two weeks with the ability to read them without the Internet. The book disappears from the digital reader when it's due.
Glendale resident Jeremiah Comey, 68, downloaded his first ebook, “Freakonomics,” on his iPad.
“It's great,” he said. “It's time consuming going from your house to here. Why couldn't they have invented this four years ago?”
Mayor Frank Quintero offered a proclamation to 3M representatives — eight of whom had flown in from St. Paul, Minn., to assist to new users.