Library to host Digital Bookmobile Aug. 8
On Saturday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Lee Road Library will host the Digital Bookmobile, a full-sized, 18-wheel tractor trailer that is a high-tech update on the traditional bookmobile. The vehicle is equipped with Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which will help visitors explore the library’s digital service. Interactive learning stations will give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection; use supported mobile devices; and sample eBooks, audiobooks, and videos.
“The Digital Bookmobile’s visit gives us a fun way to promote our extensive digital collection,” said Jackie Mayse, technology trainer at the Lee Road Library. “A lot of our customers don’t realize that alongside the library’s physical collection of books, music and movies is a whole collection of digital media that can be accessed at any time by visiting the library’s website.”
“We sometimes think of our eMedia collection as our fifth branch,” continued Mayse. “It’s a great way for people who are traveling or aren’t physically able to get to one of our buildings to access our materials.”
Anyone can browse the growing collection of bestselling, new release, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid library card. Once the digital titles have been checked out, they can be enjoyed online or transferred to a computer or a supported portable device. Many audio titles also can be burned to audio CD. At the end of the lending period, titles automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection, and there are never any late fees or damaged items.
The eMedia collection is not just for adults, as it also includes children’s videos, chapter books, and even narrated picture books.
For those unable to drop in on the Digital Bookmobile on Aug. 8, there are other options to learn about the library’s eMedia collection. The library’s tech trainers lead classes on how to use eMedia on phones, computers, or e-readers, and also offer tutorials to give one-on-one help with setting up eMedia accounts. Class schedules are available at www.heightslibrary.org or in the library’s Check Us Out program guide.
To learn more about the Digital Bookmobile’s visit, call 216-932-3600, and to explore the library’s eMedia collection, visit emedia.clevnet.org.
Julia Murphy is the marketing assistant for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System.