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eBooks and More with Your Kindle, Nook or iPad

Did you know that in addition to the vast collection of physical books and CDs, the Harris County Public Library has books, audiobooks and music available online?  If you have not yet checked out an item using your new (or maybe not-so-new) gadget, the library staff at Spring Branch-Memorial will be offering a help session on Friday, January 31st, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.  The workshop will cover downloading materials onto your Kindle, Nook or iPad.

Device dayBring your devices, bring your questions, bring your desire to learn!

This program is intended for adults.

For more information, stop by the Information Desk or call 713-464-1633.
 

eBooks on your Digital Device

Are you wondering whether to buy a Kindle or an iPad so you can read electronic books from the library? Are you having trouble downleading library books to your Nook? Come to the EBooks on your Digital Device class this Wednesday, October 16, from 2-4 p.m. in the Computer Lab, room R-216 and get your problems solved by our inimitable electronic books guru, librarian Cathy Clark.

eReader Round Up is This Friday - TGIF Programs!

TGIF Programs looks forward to hosting "eReader Round Up" this Friday morning at 10:30 AM. If you have an Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, an Apple product, or another device, please bring it with you to the program. We will be sharing tips and tricks for connecting to and downloading eMedia via the HCPL Digital Media Catalog powered by Overdrive. 

Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of Freeman Library. Please contact the Reference Desk at (281) 488-1906 or visit us on the Second Floor for more information.     

Nook Update: 3 YA Nooks Now Available for Checkout!

I'm here with an update on our Nook checkout pilot program here at Northwest.  We're still working out some kinks with our three adult-oriented Nooks.  However, our three YA-oriented Nooks are now officially available for checkout!  These YA Nooks are preloaded with 30 YA titles, including most of the titles on this year's Lone Star Reading List, as well as several other popular YA titles.  The complete list is as follows:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
Steve Jobs: the Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
Planet Tad by Tim Carvell
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Reached by Ally Condie
Outlaw by Stephen Davies
Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore
Legend by Marie Lu
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

All three of these Nooks are available to be checked out today, so come on by and pick one up!  More details on the Nook circulation program here.

Nooks for Checkout?

Exciting news, everyone!  In the next couple of weeks here at Northwest, we will be launching a pilot program in which we will begin circulating Nook Simple Touches to interested patrons. 

In total we will have six Nooks in circulation - three of which will be YA-oriented, preloaded with popular YA titles and most of the titles from the 2013 Lone Star Reading List, and three of which will be adult-oriented, preloaded with highly requested and other popular adult fiction and non-fiction titles.

The Nooks will check out for two weeks at a time, with one renewal allowed if there are no other patrons on the waitlist to check one out.  To check out a Nook, you must present us with your library card at the desk, have had the card for at least 30 days, be at least 12 years of age, be in good standing, and fill out a form in which you agree to abide by the Nook Circulation Policy.

It may be a couple of weeks before the program starts up, but in the meantime feel free to stop by and reserve one.  We'll have a sign-up sheet at the front desk.  We're looking forward to it, and we hope that you are as well!

Nook-Kindle-Ipad Day

Kindle, Nook, IpadBring your Nook, Kindle or Ipad and learn to download free library ebooks to your device.  When: Friday, January 25, 2:00pm.  Suggested age: Adult.

 

 

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Help for new owners of Electronic Reading Devices

Electronic reading and listening devices are big on Santa’s list these days. If you received one or thought you’d like to buy one with gift money you received, we have classes here this month to help you discover and  learn to download electronic library books. All classes will take place in the computer lab on the second floor, Room L 216.


Nook Session: This Saturday, January 5, from 2-4 pm the class will focus on how to use a Nook.

Overview Class: Next Wednesday, January 9th, 2-4 pm, we’ll be offering an overview class in using iPads, Kindles, and Nooks (and lesser-known devices.)

iPad Session: Saturday, January 12th, 2-4 pm. The class will focus on using the Apple iPad and its library apps.

Kindle Session: Saturday, January 19, 2-4 pm, as you guessed, is for Kindle users.

Tech Tutors: On Monday and Tuesday, January 14th and 15th, two of our techie library staff will be available in the main floor of the library, at the circular table just inside the entrance, to answer your random questions. Bring your device with you and get past that problem you haven't been able to solve!

Need Help with the Kindle, Nook, or iPad Santa Brought? eReader FAQs and Support Are a Click Away.

Santa and eReader a la Vanna White

So Santa left you an eReader or tablet under the tree this year and you’re really excited because nothing sounds better to you right now than escaping the holiday hullaballoo into a good book, but you’ve never owned one that came with a user’s manual before.

Whether you just have general questions about downloading free eBooks and eAudiobooks from Harris County Public Library’s Digital Media Catalog, or need step-by-step instructions in plain English, we have you covered with online FAQs and support, and if you would prefer a little face-to-face help, HCPL staff at all 26 branches can provide it.

eBook FAQs & Support:
What do I need to do to start downloading Overdrive eBooks
Android products
Apple products
Kindle and Kindle Fire
Nook and Nook Tablet
Sony Reader

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! 

eBook/eReader Workshops

books in a computerAttend an eBook/eReader workshop where you can get hands-on assistance searching the digital media catalog, downloading eBooks,and transferring the digital files to your computer or mobile device. Workshops are free, there is no registration, and sessions are available in the day and evening.

View the schedule at eBook/eReader Workshops.

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