Digital Bookmobile Tour shines spotlight on technology, literacy
The Digital Bookmobile National Tour (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will showcase the free e-book download service from South Dakota Titles to Go at Rawlins Municipal Library in Pierre on Friday, June 21, and at Watertown Regional Library in Watertown on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at each location.
At these free events, readers of all ages will learn how to download e-books from the library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. A gadget gallery—featuring Kindle®, iPod® touch, Android™ tablet, NOOK™, Sony® Reader™, BlackBerry®, Windows® Phone and more—will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the library’s download service.
Library card holders from member libraries can also check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting http://southdakota.lib.overdrive.com/. See if your library is a member by clicking the Participating Libraries tab.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for folks in the area to come learn about the ‘South Dakota Titles to Go’ program and experience all the new e-books and resources available through their local public library,” said State Librarian Daria Bossman. “Seventy-seven percent of South Dakotans now have access to new popular fiction and nonfiction through this public library program. We are also using this occasion to celebrate the 100th birthday of the South Dakota State Library. Come join us in celebrating public library services to local communities spanning a century of progress.”
The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. This 74-foot community outreach vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore Titles to Go’s download service. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection, use supported mobile devices and sample e-books, audiobooks, music and video.
Patrons can take advantage of the download service 24/7 when they visit member libraries’ websites. From there, they can browse the growing collection of bestselling, new release and classic titles and check out a digital title with a valid member library card. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to supported mobile devices. Many audio titles can also be burned to audio CD. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. There are never late fees or damaged items.
The Digital Bookmobile is a service of Titles to Go and is operated by OverDrive, Inc. To check out and download digital books and more, visit http://southdakota.lib.overdrive.com.