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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 12:30

No Manual? Never Fear, Your Library is Here!

If you just received technology under the tree, you may notice that the user's manual is  no longer included. Fortunately, the Rock Island Public Library offers a number of free programs and resources to help you get the most of your new tablet, computer or other portable reading or listening device..

Classes start as early as this Friday, Dec. 27, with a 2:00 pm session on "How to Download eBooks and eAudiobooks" at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. The free class will show participants how to use the OverDrive digital books service to check out books for free to a personal eReader, computer or tablet. The demonstration covers multiple device types.

The same OverDrive session repeats at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 21, also at the Rock Island Main Library. Patrons with a current library card from any OverDrive subscribing library can use the service through their library's website.

Additional technology literacy classes coming up in 2014 at Rock Island Library include:

Library How-to: Downloading Magazines with Zinio on:

  • 6:30 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 7, Rock Island Main Library
  • 6:30 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 4, Rock Island Main Library

Zinio is a web-based digital magazine service. Cardholders of participating libraries in Rock Island, Moline and Iowa can use Zinio to download some of their favorite magazines for reading at their convenience. The broad selection of popular titles includes US Weekly, The Food Network, Digital Photo, Chicago Magazine and Rolling Stone. Patrons need a valid library card and Internet connection to use their library's Zinio subscription. Magazines downloaded through the library subscription are free.

Library How-to: Using your Apple iPad tablet:

  • 2:30 pm on Thursday, Jan. 9, Rock Island Main Library.

The free program will familiarize users with various Apple iPad features, and offer some tips on various uses. Participants should bring their iPad. The library does not supply devices for use.

No registration is required for the above classes.

Free mobile apps for using the library's digital products, including OverDrive, OneClickdigital, Freegal and Zinio, are available via the product links on the library website, www.rockislandlibrary.org.

For more events at Rock Island Public Libraries, visit the library website at www.rockislandlibrary.org, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323.

Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, community outreach efforts, and online opportunities that provide resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.