Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October is Library Month

October is Library Month and this year’s theme is, Your Library: Your world: Opening Doors to the Future. This year the Canadian Library Association and libraries across the country are “emphasizing their role in introducing new ideas, new stories and new ways into the world around us through traditional and emerging technologies”.

One example of merging technologies found in today’s libraries is access to a service called Overdrive. Overdrive offers downloadable audio books and is available free to all library card holders. Overdrive is available on the library’s website www.scrlibrary.mb.ca. The type of device each book can be played on is indicated in the Overdrive catalogue. These cover a wide range including a PC, Mac, Windows Media Audio, Ipod, MP3 or ebook reader. Once the titles are downloaded, patrons have them for 2 weeks at which time they are removed from the device. However, many titles may be burned onto CD – great for anyone going on a long trip.

Overdrive has a large catalogue of titles that includes children’s books, young adult, fiction, nonfiction and many classics.

If there is a title you’ve always wanted to read but just never got to – check the overdrive catalogue.

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