Learn More about Library on the Go

Want to know more about Library on the Go and how it works?  We’re having an informational class on Saturday, July 10 at 10:00 a.m.  Call the library to sign up!!

Library on the Go is the library’s new service that allows you to check out and download audiobooks, ebooks, music, and movies for your mp3 player, ebook reader, smartphone, and other devices.

Library on the Go

Download Audiobooks, eBooks, Music, and Video Anytime, Anywhere

Enjoy popular titles from the comfort of home

Chatham Area Public Library is proud to offer you best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video available 24/7 from Library on the Go, http://libraryonthego.org.  You can browse the collection, check out with your library card, and download to PC, Mac, and many mobile devices.

To get started, you will need to install free software. For audiobooks, music, and video, you will need OverDrive Media Console. To read eBooks, you’ll need Adobe Digital Editions. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod, Sony Reader, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!  Download the necessary free software and find out which devices are compatible at http://overdrive.com/ (look for the “Quick Links” section).

With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more.

This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your Chatham Area Public Library card. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more, visit http://libraryonthego.org.

Toyota owners…

Are you wondering whether the recent recall affects your car?  The Chatham Area Public Library subscribes to a database called Auto Repair Reference Center that provides an easy way to find out.  Finding whether your car has been recalled is simple–once you are logged into the database, just click on the year of your vehicle, the make, the model, and then “Service Bulletins and Recalls.”   From there, you will be able to see a list of all the service bulletins and recalls that pertain to your car in particular.  (This works for every car brand, not just Toyota!)

Chatham patrons, call the Library with your library card number to obtain the user name and password to access this database from home.

Gingerbread House

If you have been in to the library recently, you have seen how beautifully the building has been decorated for the holiday season.  One of our favorite decorations, however, is the gingerbread house that was made by our very talented staff member, Noel (pictured here at our staff Christmas party).

Noel said the house took about twenty hours to make over the course of more than a week.  She estimated that the house contains three batches of gingerbread cookie dough, two boxes of crackers for the roof, and about nine pounds of powdered sugar.  She said that she doesn’t like to buy too much candy or other special ingredients for decorating the house.  Most of the decorations are made from homemade frosting and other things from around the house–she saves Halloween candy every year to use for decorations, and reports that the trees are made from waffle cones.

Noel said that she learned how to make gingerbread houses from reading books on the subject.  Although it is fairly advanced, Noel said that The Gingerbread Architect: Recipes and Blueprints for Twelve Classic American Homes by Susan Matheson and Lauren Chattman is a very good book about making gingerbread houses.

Instant Message the Library

You may have noticed the Meebo widget in the sidebar here on the blog.  Any time the Meebo widget indicates that the Chatham Library is online, you can instantly communicate with a friendly member of the library staff.  (And yes, it really is a real person who works at your library.)

If you don’t see the Meebo widget, try updating your Flash player.

In the near future the Meebo chat interface will be available on the library’s main website as well, but for now it’s only available through the blog.

You don’t have to have a Meebo account or sign up for anything.  Just type your question into the box right here on the blog’s sidebar.

Ask us any question you’d ask in person at or on the phone with the library.  We’ll tell you our hours, whether we have a particular movie or book, request an item for you…whatever you’d like.

Whet your appetite for instant information.  We’re here to help.

Online Tools for Readers

Have you ever had this experience? You’re browsing the stacks in the library. A title jumps out at you, and you pull the book down from the shelf. You read the inside flap of the dust jacket, or the synopsis on the back of the book. You flick through a few pages, decide the novel looks promising, and stick it under your arm as you head for the checkout desk.

At home that night, you prop your feet up, crack the book open, and start reading. As you read the first page, you think it seems awfully familiar. After ten pages, you know the book reminds you powerfully of…something. Has it been made into a movie? Did you read a review? Did a friend tell you about it? At the twenty-five page mark, it suddenly dawns on you: you’ve read this book before. Well–I guess it’s back to the library tomorrow.

Is there any way to avoid this dilemma in which we so often find ourselves? To protect your privacy, the library doesn’t keep a list of the books you’ve checked out. And many people have a notebook to keep track of what they have read, or books they’d like to read. Or, if you’re like me, you have a million little scraps of paper you’ve scribbled titles on, and they constantly clog up your desk drawers and clutter the bottoms of your bags.  But these techniques can be inefficient or hard to maintain.  And if you lose your notebook, you can feel like you’re totally lost.

As with so many other aspects of our daily lives, there are several online tools that you might be able to use to make your literary life easier, more organized, or even more social. Websites like Good Reads, Shelfari, We Read, and aNobii (and there are several others to choose from) enable you to keep lists of books you have read or want to read, see what others (like your friends or even people you don’t know who use the site and have reading tastes akin to your own) are reading, find books similar to ones you love, read other people’s reviews, form online book clubs, and lots more, depending on which tool you end up choosing. Some authors even use these websites to promote new books or introduce new readers to their work.

The sites are free to use and easy to sign up for–just plug in your email address and a password, and you’re ready to go.  Another benefit is that your lists will then be accessible to you from anywhere you can get online…no more getting to the library only to realize you’ve left your list of titles or authors to look for at home.  Give book-focused social networking a try. It just might revolutionize the way you read.

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