Monday, October 3, 2016

"Going Digital with OverDrive" | @ the Library Article

Have you heard about Overdrive and Hoopla yet?  Abilene Public Library is proud to offer you free downloadable eBooks and audiobooks available via our website.  Just as you can check out a physical book as a current resident of Abilene or Taylor County with a valid library card, you can also download a free eBook for two weeks at a time.  A link and general how-to information can be found at our website.

For hands-on help, we're offering a new class during the month of October every Friday morning from 9AM to 11AM at the Mockingbird Branch.  "OverDrive for eBooks" are one-on-one sessions geared towards those needing basic hands-on help in navigating our website.  We'll help you successfully download eBooks, audiobooks, music or movies to one of the three primary eReading devices.  Kindles, iPads or tablets.  For more information on these free classes, phone the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323.

Your Abilene Public Library also has a wonderful collection of books to help you navigate the finer points of an eDevice.  Each book covers the settings, menu options and formats for your device with helpful step-by-step pictures.  Additional how-to content within each manual includes purchasing apps, accessing the web, playing digital music, and streaming video as well.

If you have a Kindle, you might want to look at Kindle Fire Geekery, by Guy Hart-Davis, Kindle Touch for Dummies by Leslie Nicoll, or My Kindle Fire HD by Jim Cheshire.  For Nooks, try The Nook Book: An Unofficial Guide by Patrick Kanouse, Nook HD for Dummies by Corry Sandler or Nook HD the Missing Manual by Preston Gralla.

If you have an iPad, we have My iPad 2 by Gary Rozenweig, iPad in Easy Steps by Drew Proyan, or iPad for Seniors by Nancy Muir.  For other tablets, look at Samsung Galaxy Tab for Seniors by Visual Steps or Samsung Galaxy Tab for Dummies by Dan Gookin.  Other resources include Android Phones and Tablets by Guy Hart-Davis, Android Tablets for Dummiesby Dan Gookin or perhaps My Windows 10 Tablet by Jim Cheshire.

Again, our new class during the month of October will be every Friday morning from 9AM to 11AM at the Mockingbird Branch.  OverDrive for eBooks are one-on-one sessions geared towards those needing basic hands-on help with their electronic devices.  All libraries also offers Book-A-Librarian sessions for one-on-one help with devices and a number of other topics.

In any case, please give us a call at 325-437-7323 if you have questions.  We are happy to offer this service, and hope you will take advantage of our classes, books, and other resources.

Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Branch Manager of the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library

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