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APRIL 5, 2013
MCPL launching Digital Classics Book Club
See classic literature in a new light by getting some Tolkien on your tablet, some digital Dickens or a little Kafka on your Kindle, with the Marathon County Public Library’s new Digital Classics Book Club.
Each month, the group picks a new classic available free and without wait through the library’s Overdrive system here and here. Instead of a monthly gathering, members post their thoughts on MCPL’s Goodreads page (also free) as the pages turn. Need a hand getting started? Call or stop by the Wausau Headquarters' reference desk any time.
The club begins in May with "Babbitt," Sinclair Lewis' scathing critique of the American Dream, told through the eyes of his disillusioned protagonist, George F. Babbitt.
(Still prefer books in print? You're still welcome in the classics club, and we have other clubs at each MCPL location. Or, talk to us about starting your own!)
Finally, owners of NOOK Color, NOOK HD and NOOK Tablet are able to download e-books and audio books directly onto their e-readers using the free OverDrive Media Console app!
This app bypasses the need to first download these files onto a computer and upload them to an e-reader using a USB cord, making these e-readers an ideal stand-alone solutions for accessing library books on the go.
This app may be found by searching for "OverDrive Media Console" in the NOOK Store from these devices. Once it is installed, open the app and choose the "Get Books" option. Next, choose your library ("Marathon County Public Library" or "Wisconsin Public Library Consortium") and input your 14-digit library barcode number. When appropirate, the app will ask for your Adobe ID. (If you don't have one yet, you will be given the option to create one.) After that, you will be free to browse and download e-books and audiobooks as you please!
The OverDrive app also is available for accessing library materials on many Android and Apple iOS-based smart phones and tablets. For a complete list of compatible devices, visit www.overdrive.com/resources/drc.
To read more about using your library card to access e-books and audio books, visit www.mcpl.us/overdrive.
Did you receive a new E-Reader this holiday season? Don't forget about the thousands of free e-books available from the Library!
Not sure how to get started? Visit www.mcpl.us/overdrive for step-by-step instructions, or make an appointment for a free help session with a Library staff member! Walk-ins are especially encouraged at our Wausau Headquarters, Reference Desk (2nd floor), Monday-Thursday, 1:00-4:00 PM, and Monday-Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 PM. For other times and locations, please contact us ahead of time. (See below for what to bring.)
We can also provide limited assistance via phone or email.
-------------------------------------------------------------------- Coming to the Library for E-Reader Assistance?
Kindle -- Bring your Kindle and its included charging cord. Establishing an account with Amazon.com beforehand is helpful, but not required.
Nook (...and most other e-readers) -- Bring your Nook (or other e-reader), its included charging cord, and your laptop (if you have one.) We cannot fully demonstrate the process using your device with library computers, but we can show you approximately what you will need to do at home.
Smartphones / Mobile Devices -- Bring your device. Downloading and installing the OverDrive Media Console from your device's App Store is helpful, but not required.
Downloadable Digital Media--FREE from Your Library
Have you discovered the digital audio books, videos, and music that you can download and listen to or watch for FREE with your library card? Check out the large collection of digital audio books, and the newer collections of downloadable video and music.
Pump up your exercise program with a Yoga video, and brush up on your Spanish by listening to Instant Immersion Spanish while you exercise. Then relax and listen to a Mozart concerto, all for free with your valid library card..