It's a sign of the times and Stephenville Public Library Director Mary Meredith said her library is keeping up.

"The library now offers the innovative Freading eBook Service," Meredith stated in a press release. "The service will allow the library to increase the size and diversity of its collection while allowing our readers to access books from their devices."

Stephenville Public Library registered card holders receive a select number of downloads for books from the library's website each week at no cost. According to Meredith, the library will cover the cost of the downloads as part of the program.

"I'm an avid eBooks reader and thought a program like Freading would be great for the library," she said. "I started looking into the various programs and found Freading. I can't wait to hear what our readers think of it."

Freading, which was introduced to readers in Stephenville in November, has apps available for iPad and iPhone, as well as Android tablets and phones. Meredith said the service provides access through Kindle Fire, the Nook devices and Kobo devices.

"We're so excited to offer an eBook service like Freading," Meredith said. "We think it will be incredibly popular with our patrons and we look forward to continuing to bring books to our readers with the latest technology."

If you aren't already a library card holder, Meredith said her staff is signing new members up every day at the library on Columbia Street in downtown Stephenville. She said potential new card holders need only to come by the library to sign up, then the eBooks can be accessed from any device connected to the Internet.