The OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile will arrive March 20 at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo
The virtual library meets the actual library in Los Alamos Tuesday when OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile pulls into the parking lot to set up shop.
The innovative mobile exhibit provides an interactive experience for readers of all ages to explore eBooks and audiobooks available through the Los Alamos County Library System. Visitors can sample a variety of devices, talk with eReading experts and ask questions of Los Alamos staff about the specifics of the library’s OverDrive program. Tours are free and open to the community, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in the upper parking lot at Mesa Public Library.
“We are so excited to put the spotlight on free eBooks and audiobooks by hosting our partner OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile,” Senior Librarian Gwen Kalavaza said. “It is a fun way to see just how easy it is to read for free with your Los Alamos County Library System membership.”
The Digital Bookmobile is on a coast-to-coast tour, stopping at libraries and schools to tout the benefits of digital reading and listening. A high-tech update to the traditional bookmobile, OverDrive created this vehicle for libraries and schools to promote their digital book collection. Aboard the truck, readers can learn how to borrow digital books—including J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, James Patterson’s Black Book and a million other popular and educational titles.
The 42-foot long bookmobile is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, touchscreen monitors and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore their library’s digital service. In the Gadget Gallery, readers can explore popular devices including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Chromebook and Kindle. Interactive learning stations encourage visitors to search and borrow from the library’s digital media catalog. Beginners can get a one-on-one tutorial from technical experts.
Library readers can take advantage of the host library’s featured services to borrow eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video for free, 24/7 with no late fees on the library’s website or use the OverDrive app to read or listen. A valid library card enables the opportunity for readers to explore the extensive digital catalog featuring bestselling authors, new releases, classic titles and much more.
To explore the Los Alamos County Library System’s catalog, visit www.losalamoslibrary.org.