A View from the Stacks: Change in the Air!

Column by GWEN KALAVAZA
Electronic Services Manager, Mesa Public Library
 
Library Drive:

Over the next few weeks, you will see some changes at Mesa Public Library as plans get underway to improve the area in front of the library. 

Beginning May 1, the road in front of the library will be closed while crews make library drive into a one-way street, running from Oppenheimer Drive toward Fuller Lodge, as well as install a new, larger drive-up book drop. Improvements to sidewalks and crosswalks also are planned. 

The primary reason for this project is safety-related. Site lines around the book drop are not good and it is often difficult for drivers to see children leaving the library and crossing the street.

For the duration of the project, which is expected to last 6-8 weeks, the library will continue to provide full service as usual, maintaining regular hours and programming. Citizens will have access to both public parking lots and two or three of the designated handicapped parking spaces will remain open. Library items may be returned to the book drop located near the front doors or returned inside when the library is open.

Overdrive:

Do you read ebooks or listen to audiobooks? You may want to check out Overdrive, the library’s digital content provider. On Monday, Overdrive will get a facelift as they roll out their Next Generation website. See a preview video here: http://youtu.be/ncRTkQkgZcU.

Some of the key features include:

  • One-Step Checkout™: Once you’ve logged in with your library card number, it just takes one click to borrow a title.
  • OverDrive Read™: Browser-based technology enables instant access to eBooks, online or offline, with no software or downloading required. All you’ll need is a computer or device with a modern web browser. If the title is available to borrow, you can download the title – as you’ve always been able to – or you can choose to start reading right away in your web browser. If you choose browser-based reading, your progression will sync across devices. For example, if you leave off at page 47 on your computer, you’ll start at page 47 on your iPad®!
  • A new responsive design optimizes the website for mobile and desktop use. So regardless of what device you use, the experience will be the same.
  • Powerful discovery tools enable you to find your next book fast with filtered search, personalized title recommendations and more. It’s just like online shopping!

We look forward to providing our community with this fast and easy new experience. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to go over these changes, contact us at 505-662-8253 or libweb@lacnm.us.

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