Wellington Public Library update for April 2012

I am happy to announce that the Wellington Public Library has expanded its services with audiobooks, eBooks, music and video, available to download from the library’s website. Library card holders can check out and download digital media any time, anywhere by visiting wellington.colibraries.org. Look for the “OverDrive” button.

This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with a valid library card. Users may browse the library’s website, check out and download the title. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices including a PC, Mac, iPod, Sony Reader, Nook, Kindle and many other mobile devices.

Users will need to install free software to enjoy their selections. For audiobooks, music and video, they need OverDrive Media Console; to read eBooks, it’s Adobe Digital Editions. Some audio titles can also be burned to CDs to listen to on-the-go. For a list of compatible devices go to www.overdrive.com/resources/drc. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees!

By Gene Ann Trant,

The library is a member of the Across Colorado Digital Consortium which makes it possible for small libraries to offer eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital music and some downloadable videos to their patrons. There are more than 20 member libraries in the consortium. Membership gives the library access to more than 4,550 titles in the collection.

The library has available instruction sheets on downloading media to your specific device. There are also instructions on the OverDrive website. If you have questions, just call or come by the library. We will be glad to help you get started with downloading your digital media.

National Library Week and other activities
First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association. Wellington Public Library is joining other libraries across the country in celebrating National Library Week, April 8 through 14. Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. This is a good time to check out the resources available at your library. There are tools to help you search for a new job, resources to help your kids with their homework and, of course, books to expand your horizons. And it’s all free at your library.

The next meeting of the book discussion group is April 5 at 7 p.m. at the library. We are discussing “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. “The Hunger Games” is the very popular young-adult futuristic novel set in a world where the United States as we know it has collapsed. The movie version of the novel was released in late March. If you would like to discuss “The Hunger Games,” please join us on April 5 at 7 p.m.

Summer Reading for 2012 will be starting soon. The theme for 2012 is Dream Big. In mid-May, check either at the library or online for Summer Reading registration information. Registration will again be available online.

April preschool story and craft times are on April 10 and 24 at 11 a.m. at the library. Bring the kids and grandkids and join in the fun. This is a great time to share stories and crafts with your preschooler.

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