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Free YA Audiobooks from SYNC

sync posterGet two free audiobook downloads every week this summer from SYNC. That's right, FREE! Today is the last day to download the first two titles, WARP: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Once downloadeddded the audiobooks are yours to keep forever.iobooks are yours io thed 

From SYNC:  "SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title–each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session each summer.

Titles are delivered through the OverDrive Media Console.  You can prepare for the program by downloading the software to your desktop and whichever device you anticipate listening on."

HCPL’s Digital Media Catalog Now Offering Streaming Video!

now streaming videoThere is more exciting news from our OverDrive Digital Media Catalog to go along with last week’s announcement of the improved search features. Now, you can stream the videos you check out straight to your device whether it be a smartphone, tablet or laptop. All you need is a Harris County Public Library card and an internet connection.

Everything You Want and Nothing You Don't

better searches graphicImproved Searchability and Content Filtering for HCPL’s OverDrive Digital Media Catalog

Now users of Harris County Public Library’s Digital Media Catalog can choose to see only the titles they want to see specified by maturity levels. In other words, if you’re a grown up and feel like you are past the Green Eggs and Ham stage in your reading life, you can filter out everything but titles cataloged for adults.

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.
 

OverDrive App Update on iOS Mobile Devices

Please be aware of an OverDrive app update on Tuesday, May 28, that will affect ALL Apple iOS devices running the OverDrive app. After downloading the OverDrive app update the associated Adobe ID will deauthrorize on any iOS mobile device running the app. 

Reauthorize your Adobe ID:
To reauthorize, please follow the steps below after downloading the update:

Tech Tutors: Your Cure for the New OverDrive Blues

We tried to warn you, but now that period has passed, and the new OverDrive is here!  Just when you thought you had this whole eBook checkout thing figured out, they go and change the whole appearance and the whole checkout process on you.  As frustrating as the initial process was for some of you, I'm sure this little shakeup has many of you threatening to go back to reading exclusively print books again.

But for those of you who are frustrated and confused who refuse to give up eHope, our eBook superheroes, the Tech Tutors, are here to help reorient you.  Every Saturday in February from 10 am to noon, our Tech Tutors will be on hand for the sole purpose of helping you check eBooks out from our Digital Media Catalog onto your digital device. 

And let me share a little secret with you: if you're interested in this service but unable to make it during that time window, I'm told that at least one of our Tech Tutors can be found lurking around the library at virtually any time that the library is open to the public.  In other words, we can help you figure out eBook checkout any time you step foot into the library.  Just pack up your device and stop by!

The OverDrives, They Are A-Changin'

Just when you thought you had figured out exactly how to check eBooks out to your Digital Device from our Digital Media Catalog, our primary eBook distributor, OverDrive has gone and changed things on us. 

In the next few weeks, you will find that the OverDrive interface has had a bit of a makeover - one that they purport will make the eBook checkout process easier, but one that may also, on first encounter, cause the anxiety of figuring this whole eBook thing out to return.

But do not worry, for HCPL is here to help!  The first place to go for help with this "Next Generation" of OverDrive is with this handy guide provided by our very helpful digital media support staff, fully equipped with this informative video provided by OverDrive.

Here at Northwest, we'll also be holding our Tech Tutors sessions every Saturday during January and February from 10 am to noon.  Bring in your device, and we'll help guide you through the eBook checkout process, hopefully in the least confusing way.  We're here to help!

KinderMorgan Foundation grant for Juvenile Overdrive

KinderMorgan Foundation granted FOLK – Friends of the Library-Kingwood $5,000.00 to purchase downloadable digital media children’s books, targeting the pre-school/kindergarten through fifth grade ages.  These included eBooks and eAudio materials.  A few of the titles in eBook format include Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.  Newly added eAudio titles include

Common Question - - Answered.

With holiday travel on the horizon, I am getting more and more digital book questions. One of the primary questions is "What device do I need to get to be able to use the library's Overdrive Collection?". You just need a computer to be able to use the collection, but to make your eBooks and audio and video files portable you will have to get an electronic device! The library's collection is compatible with several electronic devices; including but not limited to iPads, iPhones, iPods, Sony Readers, Nooks, various mp3 players like Coby and Creative devices, etc... For full details, visit Overdrive or contact the library.

A Library Without Walls

Are you looking for that next best seller to listen to on a long car ride but don't have time to visit the library and check out our collection of DVDs?  Why not check out our Digital Media Catalog?  We have hundred of audio books, music, electronic books, movies, and more you can download from the comfort of your own home.  Best of all, this Tuesday at 7 PM, we will be hosting a class on how to do just that here at the library.  Learn how to find, download, and transfer digital audio and e-books from our databases.  Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are required. Seating for this and all computer classes is extremely limited.  Click here to register for this and other classes offered by the library.

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