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Tech Tutors - Saturdays!

TutorDo you have questions about how to obtain FREE library eBooks? Come any Saturday and talk to our eBook experts, Chris and Gwendolyn. Bring your device and we will help you set it up and show you how to use our collection! Times for one-on-one tutoring are 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM! If you don't own a device and just want to see how they work, come on in and we'll show you that, too! 

HCPL Invites eBook Readers to Participate in a National Survey to Help Libraries Plan for the Future

Angled photo of eReader by Andrew Mason via Flickr Creative CommonsBecause of the rise of the internet and the growing popularity of downloadable content, public libraries are evolving at a pace never before seen. Harris County Public Library has never shied away from new technologies--we see them as opportunities to enhance existing library services and to expand into new service areas. But like all organizations that want to thrive in a changing technological landscape, we must continually reassess our mission and our goals. To help us do that, and ultimately allow us to provide better service to our customers, HCPL invites those of you who check out ebooks to complete a brief survey designed by a nationally-respected research firm.

Tech Tutor Sessions, All Summer Long!

Beginning next Saturday, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, our Tech Tutors will be offering weekly one-on-one sessions from 10 am to noon.

Drop by the library any Saturday through August with your digital device and we'll walk you through the process of checking items out from our Digital Media Catalog onto your device.

Sessions start when we open at 10 am and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.  Hope to see you there!

Downloading the OverDrive App to your Android Device

The OverDrive App is now available for Android products!  You can download it free of charge through Google Play, the new Android Marketplace, on your smartphone or tablet.  

An exception to this rule is with the Kindle Fire.  The App Store on the Fire is run through the Amazon marketplace, which is a subset of the Android marketplace that, unfortunately, does not at present carry the OverDrive App.  However, there is a fairly simple way around this.

Amazon's default settings of the Kindle Fire make it so that you cannot download third-party (i.e. non-Amazon) apps.  To their credit, they make it fairly easy to turn this setting off.  The first step in getting the OverDrive app to your Kindle Fire is to tap the gear at the top of your screen to go into the device's settings.  Next, select the far right option that reads "More..."  Scroll down and tap where it says "Device".  Towards the bottom of the screen, tap where it says "Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources".  Naturally, a warning about the security of your Kindle pops up.  Select OK.  You should now be allowed to install third-party applications to your Fire.

The next step is to open the web browser on your device and to head to Overdrive.com.  

Learn to Use Your E-Reader!

Thinking of buying an e-reader or already own one and not sure of how to use it?  The South Houston Branch Library will be hosting a workshop Thursday, March 29 from 2-4 pm where you can learn how to use our digital media catalog and download e-books for free using our wireless network.  Bring your own e-reader or you can compare between the Nook, Kindle or iPad that the branch will have on display.

 

 

 

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How to Browse HCPL's Most Recently Added eBooks

Did you know that we've added 692 titles to our Digital Media Catalog in the past 30 days?  If you are already familiar with our Digital Media Catalog, browsing for recently added titles is relatively painless.  What follows is a step-by-step tutorial on how to do so.

First, head to HCPL's website, hcpl.net

Of course, if you are using an iPad, you can bypass this step by using the Overdrive app.  

e-Reader class @ North Channel

Do you have a Kindle, Nook, iPad or other e-reader?  Did you know you can download free books from the library with your devices?  Come to our "Learn About Out eBooks and eReaders" classes on Wednesday, March 21st and March 28th at 6 pm.  You can bring your device or we will have a Kindle, Nook and iPad available for you to test out.  Registration is required.  You can call the library to register at 281-457-1631.

Read an eBook Week

eBook WeekNext week, March 4 -10, is Read an eBook Week! The popularity of eReader devices like the Kindle and Nook, and tablet computers like the iPad and Galaxy is explosive. The percentage of people who own one of these devices has more than doubled since last November. To celebrate, we will host a library eBook demonstration next Thursday, March 8 from 2:15 to 3:45. Due to the great diversity among these devices, the aim of this workshop is to demonstrate the download process. One-on-one, hands-on trainings can be scheduled for another time.

Kindle Workshop

Kindle WorkshopThis Saturday, February 18, we will hold a Kindle workshop. Whether you use a classic Kindle, Kindle Touch, or Kindle Fire, join us in our computer lab from 2 to 4 PM for this troubleshooting and information sharing session. Learn how to download library books, as well as manage the items on your Amazon Kindle account. Attendance is limited to 20 people, so arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to the program to ensure your seat. Hope to see you there! 

Read an eBook! Week is March 4th-10th!

Have you been meaning to try reading one of those eBooks everyone's been talking about on your iPad?  Do you read books regularly on your eReader, but you're tired of coughing up all of the dough to do so?  Do you have a brand new reader and no idea where to start? 

Let us help!

In celebration of Read an eBook Week, which runs this year from March 4th-10th, on Saturday, March 10th,  the Northwest Library will have two of our Tech Tutors on hand, offering one-on-one sessions all day (10am to 5pm), advising you on how to check eBooks out from our Digital Media Catalog to your digital device.

Bring your own device in, or learn with one of ours.  And don't fret:  with the recent addition of over 500 new titles, there's surely something in our Digital Media Catalog for everyone.

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