For Christmas, I gave my sister a Kindle Fire (thank you Cyber Monday sale!), something she had talked about buying for over a year. She teaches first and second grade at Rural Center Elementary—a small school south of Abilene, KS. Her busy schedule does not always allow her to get to the library unless she is visiting our parents in Hays, KS. So as excited as she was to have a Kindle Fire, she was even more excited to learn that both the Hays and Abilene Public Libraries are part of the Sunflower eLibrary, which is powered by OverDrive.
Join us from March 3rd through 9th as we celebrate Read an eBook Week (yes, there is and actual event for that!). Visit OverDrive to browse through our available eBook titles. If you don't own a reader, the Smithville Branch has several Sony eReaders available for checkout, and our staff is always willing to help get you started.
While the eBook revolution has redefined readership, it has also redefined the concept of the bookmobile, as MCPL customers will see when the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile makes two stops at MCPL later this month.
I am pleased to report the new Nexus 7 and Mid-Continent Public Library work well together. I installed MCPL's Android app and it allows me to access the Library's website, check out and renew books, and place items on hold. Online Resources are also accessible. Additionally, I installed and used OverDrive, the app used to access eBooks and audiobooks, with no problems.
The first bookmobile in the United States was the brainchild of Mary Titcomb, the librarian for the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, in 1905. Ms. Titcomb believed that the entire county should have access to library books, and with the help of Joshua Thomas and the Library Wagon, she made it happen! (For more about the Library Wagon, visit www.whilbr.org/bookmobile/index.aspx.)