Library on wheels sharing digital books
The Digital Bookmobile is a 74-feet long, 18-wheel tractor-trailer that boasts a “gadget gallery.” It is a high-tech update of the traditional Bookmobile that has served communities for decades.
The Digital Bookmobile outreach vehicle will be at the Yuma County Main Library, 2951 S. 21st Drive, from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 on March 6.
On March 7, the mobile information center, which is housed in an 18-wheel tractor-trailer, will be at the Yuma County Library Foothills Branch, 13226 East South Frontage Road, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Both events are free to the public.
Inside the Bookmobile's gadget gallery, visitors can learn how to download eBooks, audiobooks and more to their smarthphones, tablets or other digital devices.
There will be iPads, iPhones, Android phones, and eBook readers such as the Kindle available to demonstrate the process of downloading eBooks and audio books offered from the Yuma County Library District.
“I think people will be really excited about the gadget gallery because you can come in and actually handle a Kindle or a Nook and get a feel for them and ask what the difference is and decide what is going to be right for you,” said Sarah Wisdom, community relations manager for the Yuma County Library District.
To be eligible to download the eBooks and audio books onto their own devices, users must have a valid library card on file with the library district.
“All you need is a library card and you can access the ebooks and eaudio books through the library's website and download them at no charge,” Wisdom said. “If people don't already have a library card, just bring a photo ID with your current address on it so you can get a library card and access the collection.”
Those with library cards can download several different titles at a time. The library district has recently updated its digital services to allow each person to choose how long they want to check out a title.
“Some people read or listen faster than others,” Wisdom said. “That is kind of a nice feature. You can choose your lending period and some files you can also return early so you can go back and check out more things. We are trying to make it user friendly and as accessible as possible.”
The best part about the digital service is that there are no late fees, Wisdom added.
“You check out the eBook and the audio book on your mobile device, and when your due date comes around the file just expires. All you have to do is delete it because the file won't work anymore.”
The new service also allows Yuma residents to check out books even when the library campuses are closed.
“That is kind of nice for hours when we aren't open,” Wisdom said. “You can go to the website and still be able to check items out.”
For more information log onto http://www.digitalbookmobile.com.