Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hailey library celebrates e-book checkout

Library collection to include digital books


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

Hailey Library technical services librarian Amanda St. John (left) and Library director LeAnn Gelskey are prepared to coach library members on the ins and outs of electronic readers at an event Thursday afternoon. The Hailey Library has a growing collection of books on digital formats. Photo by Willy Cook

Reading books on electronic devices such as Nooks, Kindles and smart phones has grown in popularity. Online digital collections are now becoming a part of the Hailey library collection.

The Hailey Public Library will celebrate the option of checking out library books with digital readers tomorrow at Have Your Cake and EBook Too, an event open to the public, featuring cake and tea by the Golden Elk Café.

The event will take place Thursday, Jan. 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the library, on the corner of Croy and Main streets.

Using the new Overdrive software, members can check out e-books from any Internet connection, using numerous electronic readers, laptops, smart phones and other devices.

E-books can be downloaded by anyone who has a library card in good standing, as long as a cardholder has no more than $10 in library fines.

Up to two e-books may be checked out and are readable for 14 days. When an item expires, it will be automatically returned and will no longer be viewable on the computer or e-reader.

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The Hailey library is the only library in the Wood River Valley that belongs to the Lynx Consortium, a group of 11 Idaho libraries that share resources. Eight of these libraries, including Hailey's, recently pooled resources to make available about 400 e-books and e-audio books to library members. Twenty to 30 new e-book titles are added to the collection each month.

The collection went live on Dec. 5. Within the first week, most items in the collection developed waiting lists.

"We know the collection needs to grow, and we're committed to seeing that it does as quickly as possible," said LeAnn Gelskey, director of the Hailey Public Library. "We're grateful for everyone's interest, patience and support."

For more information or to register for e-book checkout, call the Hailey Public Library at 788-2036 or visit the website at www.haileypubliclibrary.org.

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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