Here Comes V-Day!

Valentine’s Day: Either the best day ever with your sweetie or the most pointless waste of cardstock and roses that you’ve ever encountered.

Good news- if you’re in love, music makes it better. The right songs can make you feel even more devoted to your honey and your forever hookup.

Good news- if you think love sucks, music makes it better. The right songs can make you feel on top of the world, footloose and proud to be single.

Did you know you can download free (legal!) music from the library with your card? You can have 3 MP3s a week that are totally yours, forever.

Check out these Screenr videos to see how it’s done-

Internet Explorer:
 

Firefox:

You can do it through Chrome too- looks a lot like Firefox.

What’s your favorite V-Day song?
Tell us in the comments!

Is Miss Peregrine´s Home Available as an e-Book or Not?

Does everyone know about the e-books and audiobooks that you can download from our website with a library card? If this is news to you–if you just got an e-reader as a gift–and you’re interested, you can click on the earphoned guy on the left and be taken to some questions and answers about how to go about it.

There are also classes at the library about how to download–you can click here for a schedule of classes–and it’s always possible to email the Webmaster with a question. Click here to do that.

The answer to Question 1 on that list is a biggie–it tells you how to find the directions for downloading materials to your device.

But there are a few other answers I’d like to mention.

  

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

 Number 2, for example. Can I use the web catalog instead of OverDrive to do my searching?
A: You can. But not all the downloadable content appears in the web catalog, and everything you find on Overdrive is circulated through that site. If the OverDrive browsing is driving you crazy, be aware that the site includes an Advanced Search.

 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a tragic case. This is one of our most popular downloadable e-books at the moment, but if you search for that title in our regular catalog, you find only the paper copy.   

  

 

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There are lots of books that the library has only on paper, but this isn’t one of them. To find the e-copies, you can go to our downloadables site at http://ecollection.imcpl.org/, and do an Advanced Search for your title.

 

 

 

 

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You can pick a format if you like, for your e-book or audiobook. If you don’t, you’ll get all the downloadable versions of that title.

 

The cover art for Miss Peregrine above takes you to the ebook versions, but an audiobook version is available, too.

 

 peregrine_requestsAt the moment, you would need to place a hold request on this title. If Miss Peregrine’s unavailability confuses you, please refer to Question 18.
If it is electronic, why aren’t titles always available for checkout?
A: The Overdrive ebooks and the ebooks from EBSCOhost are purchased by the library. The publishers of these ebooks and the vendors who sell them are working on a print-book model. They want us to buy multiple copies if we intend to circulate them to different users at the same time.

  

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Here are a few other popular e-titles. Unlike Miss Peregrine, these can be found by searching in our regular catalog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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If you do find an e-title in the catalog, though, you need to go to our downloadables page to check it out or make a hold request.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

  

I Am Number Four

 

 

When you’ve opened up the e-book’s full record in the catalog . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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click where it says “Full text” . . .

 

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 . . . and you’ll be taken to the book’s record on the downloadables page. We may change that “Full text” language to something more recognizable. 

  

The Twilight Saga CollectionSo look the list of questions & answers over.

If you still have questions, contact the Webmaster.  And remember that the library is giving classes about downloading.

Show your crafty side in time for the holidays!

December brings cold, snow, hot chocolate, and many opportunities for gift giving to family and friends! If your budget is feeling stretched (or non-existent), or you love surprising people with things of your own making, here are some ideas for homemade gifts that are easy, fun, and fun to give!

Duct Tape Roses – Give a “forever bouquet” to someone! The roses are a bit labor intensive, so be ready to commit a bit of time to this. 3 – 4 roses, and a nice glass vase, and you have a great gift! Here’s a great site to learn how: http://ducttape.pbworks.com/w/page/18372577/Rose

Handmade soap – melt and pour soaps are fun to make. This one is a little bit costly, but once you buy the molds, fragrance, soap base and color, you can use them several times. Here’s a site to explain the steps: http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/meltandpoursoapmaking/a/meltpourbasics.htm

Earrings – Make some dangling sparklers to brighten up anyone’s holiday! With all the variety of beads and stones available, you can make some really exciting pieces. Here’s a place to start: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Hanging-Earrings

Mug cake – package this up with a pretty microwave safe mug, and it’s two gifts in one! http://www.budget101.com/recipes/id195.htm

Duct Tape iPhone cover – You can really personalize this, and duct tape comes in so many cool colors and patterns. I especially like the flame pattern for this one. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Duct-Tape-iPhone-Case/#step1

Keychain – Make it as colorful or crazy as you like! Everyone has keys to something!
http://crafts.lovetoknow.com/wiki/How_to_Make_Key_Chains_with_Beads