In this week’s O’Fallon Weekly column, Adult Services Manager Renny McBride shares some tips for those hoping Santa will bring them a new electronic device. “For tablets and smartphones, you can download Overdrive or the Cloud Library,” Renny said. EBooks can be downloaded onto a Kindle using Overdrive.
Unfamiliar with Overdrive or the Cloud Library? Renny said both of these services offer a wide variety of titles including new books, classics, nonfiction, teen, and children’s books in both ebook and audio. The biggest difference is that the Cloud Library doesn’t work with Kindles.
“Both are easy to use once you are familiar with the process,” she said. “We have tutorials available on our website then click on eBooks & More.” Naturally, the library staff are available to help. You can also schedule an appointment with Renny by calling 618-632-3783, ext. 1.
These eBook services allow patrons to read or listen to samples, and create wish lists to remind you of books you want to read. When you place holds on items, you will be notified when they are available to download.
“Overdrive is very functional and will also create a reading history for you to keep track of what you have read and downloaded,” Renny stated. Although the Cloud Library doesn’t have as much functionality, she said, it has the advantage of being easy to use and a lot of titles.
Renny enjoys reading her Kindle at night but she listens to audiobooks – currently Stephen King’s Finders Keepers through her iPhone during her commute to and from work. “If any patron has questions on using Overdrive, I’m your staff person!” Renny said.
In fact, Renny will host a walk-in session eResources and Tablet Workshop on January 11, 4-5:30 PM, in the Library meeting room. “So if you find that Santa’s present is confusing to you, bring it to the library and we will help get it set up for you!”
In other news, parents and caregivers should be aware that starting in January, the days and times for Book Babies and Toddler Tales will change:
Wednesdays: Book Babies meets at 9:15 AM, and Toddler Tales meets at 10:15 AM.
Fridays: Toddler Tales meets at 9:15 AM, and Book Babies meets at 10:15 AM.
To register or for more information visit our website.
Renny also extends “warm wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season to all O’Fallon residents and to all of our patrons. Stay warm and be sure to stock up on materials while we are closed December 24 and 25.”
In addition, we send a bit shout-out to the O’Fallon Weekly for being a terrific supporter of the O’Fallon Public Library throughout these last two years! Check out the next issue on newsstands or online each Wednesday.
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