OverDrive App Comes to Nook
Borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the library just got a whole lot easier for users of the NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™. Last week, Barnes & Noble added the OverDrive Media Console app to the NOOK Apps storefront. This NOOK app enables users to wirelessly borrow eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library.
All NOOK devices, including NOOK 1st Edition, NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, have always enabled users to read eBooks borrowed from libraries and schools, but the process required sideloading the files from a computer using Adobe Digital Editions and a USB cable. Now users of NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color can borrow eBooks and audiobooks wirelessly using the OverDrive app.
Users can visit the NOOK Apps storefront to install the free OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app. The app enables users to locate a library or school nearby, browse or search their eBook and MP3 audiobook collection and, after entering a valid library card or school ID, check out and download the title for a lending period of one to three weeks (depending on the library or school’s policies). At the end of the lending period, the title simply expires.
The version of OMC available in the NOOK Apps storefront is OMC for Android v2.5, so any instructions found on library help pages related to OMC for Android will apply to the NOOK app. While the app is free, users will need a valid NOOK account in order to download the app.
New at the Library!
What’s Playaway View:
-Includes a head-phone jack and speakers
-Pre-loaded content; no internet or downloads needed
Durable and Scratch-Resistant
-Made with kids in mind
Multiple Videos with hours of content
Check out the new View!
Education meets entertainment with the first all-in-one video player, exclusive to the Oscar Grady Library! Playaway View is pre-loaded with multiple videos, so your kids can view great content wherever they are.
New, great titles have now been added to the library’s collection. Check one out today!
Library eBooks are Now Available for Kindle
Oscar Grady Public Library is excited to announce that its eBook collection is now compatible with the world’s bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon® Kindle. Patrons can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more. To get started, visit www.oscargradylibrary.org
The Oscar Grady Public Library also offers eBooks and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as a Smartphone, MP3 player, and eBook reader like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.
Kindle users can browse the Library’s collection of bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card, and select “Get for Kindle” to deliver eBooks to their Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app.
The Oscar Grady Public Library partners with OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com), a global leader in eBook distribution for libraries and schools, to offer this service.
The Oscar Grady Library now provides new services, new technology and new resources to the Saukville community. Requested by our patrons, the following services are now available by visiting the Library.
Expanded New Release Section
Check out what’s new! The Library has more new releases than ever before and we’ve expanded our New Release section to showcase it. Come in to the library to see what’s new in books, DVDs, audiobooks, music and more!
Notary Public Services
The Oscar Grady Public Library now has an official Notary Public on staff available during most business hours and some evenings and Saturdays. A Notary Public is authorized to officially witness a signature, take acknowledgments, administer an oath or affirmation, or take verification upon oath or affirmation. Please call the library to make an appointment or to answer any questions.
A public fax machine is now available at the Library. This public fax machine was obtained based on your input and suggestions as a service you would like to see offered by the library. The charge is $1.50 per page and can be paid using your credit card right from the machine.
Payment by Credit Card
The Library now gives the option of paying your Oscar Grady fines via credit card, privately, via our website. Please log on to our home page for payment options and details.
Know the instant your library request has come in! Patrons can now choose to be alerted by text message for notification of holds and item requests. This new service is available now and can be chosen as notification in addition to email or as a stand-alone form of communication from the Library. Choose text alerts as an option the next time you visit the front desk.
The Library is now on Facebook. Find us through the home page of our website or by logging in to your account on Facebook; “Like” us to receive weekly information, library news, press releases, and updates.
Two eReaders have been purchased for patron use, The Barnes & Noble Nook and the Sony Reader, and are available for in-house, hands-on use. Come in to the Library to learn how to use this new format and discover how to check ebooks out with your library card directly to your own device right from our website!
Did you get a new eReader over the holidays? Or perhaps you are considering purchasing an eReader for yourself or a friend? Many of our patrons have come in to the library seeking information on the new eReader format; which device should they purchase, how can they get the most out of their purchase and will using an eReader mean they will need to purchase all of their reading materials, rather than checking them out from the library for free? While I won’t recommend an eReader specifically, I can tell you that some of the new eReaders out there on the market today are compatible with OverDrive, an online database accessible right from our library’s web site which allows patrons to check ebooks out to their personal devices for free. Not all eReaders are compatible; only some products allow eReaders to coexist with public libraries in harmony; these devices are the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, the Sony eReader, and Apple iPod devices.
For example, if you are a reader of popular authors such as James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, Nora Roberts, Michael Connelly or Ken Follett; OverDrive hosts all of these authors’ titles available for checkout. If you prefer nonfiction titles, OverDrive also hosts titles such as the well-reviewed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Into Thin Air by John Krakauer, and Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. Classic literature such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Murder on the Orient Express, and Wuthering Heights are available through OverDrive as well as thousands of other ebooks.
Some of my personal favorites, titles that I have downloaded to my own device from OverDrive, include The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin, Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, Fallen by Lauren Kate, Looking For Alaska by John Green, 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up: a Frommer’s Travel Guide, and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
OverDrive allows patrons to browse, download and checkout ebooks from the Oscar Grady Public Library directly to their device for a two week loan period. Thousands of titles are currently available and hundreds of additional titles are being purchased for the database each month; the titles available on OverDrive include the New York Times Bestsellers, books written by our library’s most popular authors, classic literature, cookbooks, travel guides and more.
OverDrive is available directly from our website; to check out a title, all you need is your library card; there are no overdue fees or charges and after two weeks the title is automatically deleted from your device; or as my device politely tells me “your book has been re-shelved”.
Welcome to the new website of the Oscar Grady Public Library. This new web format was designed with our patrons in mind to provide an interactive way for our community to use the library’s remote services and to stay informed of events, special programming and new happenings.
Please use this website as a place to leave comments and feedback, suggest new ideas and tell us which services are important to you as a library user.
I am currently in my fourth month as the new Director of the Oscar Grady Public Library. Since my employment began here, I can’t say enough positive things about this community and the library’s staff. I consider the staff here at the Oscar Grady Public Library an excellent resource for our services and for our patrons. Their years of library experience and positive interaction with the residents of this community make them a very valuable asset to this building and the high level of library service we are able to provide.
In addition, I have received such a warm, friendly welcome from the community and our patrons. I am impressed with the high level of pride and enthusiasm I’ve witnessed in Saukville and I am excited to be part of it. I am looking forward to growing this library to meet the needs of the community and getting to know its residents. The next time you are in the library, please stop in to my office and introduce yourself. I would love the opportunity to meet you and to hear your comments and suggestions.
Jen Gerber, Library Director