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KDL Top Ten — eAudiobooks

Friday, May 30th, 2014

June is Audiobook Month! Help us celebrate — check out eAudiobooks from KDL’s Downloadable eBook site! Here are 10 of the most popular eAudiobooks right now at KDL:

Top Ten eAudiobooks 05-30-2014


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Updated eBook Site

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Those of you who use KDL’s eBook site may have noticed that things look a little different now! OverDrive has updated the layout of our site with the following new features:

  • The layout of the homepage has been updated to feature smaller, more mobile-friendly images:

     

    OverDrive Homepage

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  • This layout update also reduces user clicks by adding the ability to borrow, sample, share, add to Wish List, and see title details all directly from the cover image:

OverDrive Book Details

 

Please let us know if you have any questions about this latest update.

Happy Downloading!

 


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KDL Top Ten — Computer Books

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Find help for tech issues in our Computer section!  This week’s Top Ten highlights some of the most popular Computer books at KDL right now:

Top Ten Computer Books 05-16-2014

 

And if you’re looking for more tech help, check out our upcoming Speak to a Geek programs.

 


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Free Computer Classes

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our June classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics & More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • June classes: Registration begins Monday, May 5 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, May 12 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • July classes: Registration begins Monday, June 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, June 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • August classes: Registration begins Monday, July 7 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, July 14 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — My Little Town: Toddler’s Seek & Find

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Toddler's Seek & FindMy Little Town: Toddler’s Seek & Find is an app that lets kids explore. It is also a great opportunity to talk with your child as you play and interact with the detailed scenes. Using colorful and expressive hand-drawn animations, the app opens into a town where each tap makes entertaining actions unfold. Make the clouds rain, open windows, ring the alarm, ride the bus, etc. As you play, talk to your child about what they see and hear. Check out the free lite version of this app on the Apple App Store. The full version is available for $2.99.

— Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township Branch


 

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

 


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Macmillan eAudiobooks Now Available in MP3

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Macmillan AudioGood news for eAudiobook lovers — Macmillan audiobook titles are now available in MP3 format! This means that these eAudiobooks can now be downloaded directly to a much wider variety of devices, including Mac, iPhone and Android.

Popular Macmillan Audio authors include:

Visit http://ebooks.kdl.org and download one today!

 


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New Teen eBook / eAudiobook Site

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Good news for Teens (or those of us whose teen years may be behind us but who still enjoy reading Teen books :) ) — our OverDrive eBook & eAudiobook site now includes a Teen eReading Room that collects all Teen titles into one place! If you enjoy reading teen materials and don’t want to wade through steamy adult romances or books aimed at the toddler crowd, just go right to ebooks.kdl.org/teens to find your favorites (including the newly-added Hunger Games series!)

 

Teen OverDrive Site

 

Like our Kids eReading Room, the Teen site allows you to easily browse by subject (genre), collection (eBook or eAudiobook) or level (including ATOS and Lexile reading levels that are used by many schools). Try it out today!

Happy Downloading!

 


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Hunger Games eBooks Now Available!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

At long last, this crazy-popular series has been released in eBook format.  Click here to check out or place a hold on a copy today — we know you’ll think it was worth the wait!

The Hunger Games           Catching Fire           Mockingjay

In addition, Scholastic has made many other popular titles from classic series like Goosebumps and The Baby-Sitters Club available for public libraries. Visit our eBook site today to check them out!

 


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Learn4Life Is Now Gale Courses

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

 

Gale CoursesThere’s been a name change for one of our popular online resources: Learn4Life has been renamed Gale Courses. 

Besides the name and logo, nothing else has changed — Gale Courses still features over 300 instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. New sessions start every month, and each 6-week course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students in a lively discussion area.

These are the types of classes that may cost hundreds of dollars to take from a for-profit company, but they are available for free with your KDL card! For more information, please see our original announcement.

(Currently enrolled students should experience no disruption in classes due to this re-branding. If you have any questions, please contact webmaster@kdl.org

 


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Contest Extended: Share Your Story & Win

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

online courseHave you taken computer classes offered at KDL? Have those classes helped you improve your tech savvy, polish your job skills, create a film or enriched your life, your outlook, your very being in some other way? Tell us how and you could win a $25 Schuler Books & Music gift card and see your story on our Branches Patron Stories page.

To enter, fill out the form here by Friday, May 2. Contest open to teens and adults.

 

 


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