Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Holiday travels and digital books

Are you doing a lot of traveling for the holidays? Do you like to listen to audiobooks but hate lugging around those tape or cd boxes? Are you afraid you're going to lose one of the CDs? Well, here's a solution...

C/W MARS has purchased over 1,000 digital book titles in e-book and audiobook formats. All you need to do is download the free software from the Digital Book site onto your Windows-compatible computer, and you are set to go. You can borrow 2 titles at a time and have them for 2 weeks. You never have to worry about late fees on these items as they check themselves in automatically when they are due (Adobe e-books can be checked in earlier). You can read or listen on your computer or transfer the books to a PDA or a PlaysforSure MP3 Player. Many books can even be burned to CDs, so you can listen in your car. If you download a book to another device, you can take as long as you need to finish it, only the files on your computer get checked back in, the book itself doesn't!

Audiobooks from commercial sites can run from anywhere from $10 - $50 each. With your C/W MARS library card, you can listen for free. How's that for value for your library card? And best of all, no boxes to carry around. What more can one ask for during the holiday season? Try one soon. We think you'll like them.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Holiday Closings

The library will close at 5:00 on Wednesday, November 23 and will be closed Thursday through Saturday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The staff of the library wishes all our patrons a happy Thanksgiving and safe travel.

Archer Mayor Raffle Winner/Open Season

Congratulations to Mary Ann Gagen of Greenfield, winner of the raffle to have a character named after her in one of Archer Mayor's upcoming novels! We all look forward to seeing who Mary Ann becomes in the story.

Also, thank you to all who attended Open Season on Archer Mayor on Saturday, November 12. About 150 people came for the event which featured conversation with Archer, the raffle drawing, and the silent auctioning of several gift baskets, including one put together by the librarians.

The staff and Friends of the library want to thank everyone who participated for making this a successful event.