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Free e-books transforming reading habits

There is lots of good news in the e-books business these days — and you get all of the benefits for free if you are a Sisson Library patron.

First of all, you can download e-books to your e-reader — free of charge — via a software system called OverDrive. It works just like a downloadable audio book and installs in less than two minutes with a broadband connection. You can resize the text or the screen to suit you and the text will wrap itself around in the available space.

To download the e-books, click on the Download Audio Books, e-Books, Music and Videos icon on the home page of our library website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/. Then, identify yourself as a Sisson Library member and log into your account using your library card number and password. Detailed instructions about OverDrive are available at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/technology or you can pick up a paper copy at the library.

Second, our library director, Jackie Welch, has started buying titles exclusively for our library’s patrons, called OverDriveAdvantage, so you can get new titles faster than just through the regular OverDrive system. When you see an e-book you like in the OverDrive listings, click on the icon nearby that is an “A” with a check mark below. You will be told if it is an Advantage book. Watch for e-book listings below and in future Library columns.

Third, for the first time, you now can download most titles to your Kindle — but not all, because Amazon does not own all of the titles that OverDrive owns. Previously free library e-book downloads were not available to Kindle readers because of their proprietary technology.

Our ability to offer these popular e-books is thanks to a great extent to two generous donations by Sheila Rogers, a longtime library supporter and San Antonio resident who has been coming to Pagosa Springs in the summertime for 11 years.

“I hope that many more youngsters will read if we make it easy for them to get e-books for free,” she said. Sheila speaks from experience, being the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of six.

“We are able to offer this popular program because we are a member of the Across Colorado Digital Consortium, an association of 13 libraries in Colorado,” said Jackie. “That partnership makes this high-technology software economically possible for us, even though we are a small library, and we are delighted to be able to provide this service to our patrons.”

We’ve heard frustrations from some patrons disappointed when a new title is not immediately available on OverDrive. The OverDrive people say they are working hard to close the gap between retail release and date available to our patrons. Remember, this is an entirely new technology, so we all are on the learning curve together — a rather exciting proposition, but it will take some patience.

You can watch for a more streamlined approach to OverDrive in the coming months. In the meantime, browse, download and enjoy.

Monthly matinee

For adults, this month’s free monthly movie matinee is a horror film, “The Others,” starring Nicole Kidman — as always, tying into the library’s genre of the month. Join us tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. for a scary story with popcorn provided.

Lifelong Learning

This afternoon (Thursday, Oct. 27), the fourth of the six free fall Lifelong Learning lectures takes place in the program room at the library from 4-7:15 p.m. (note early starting time) when nutrition enthusiast Zoe Groulx will tell us about informed food selection and consumption.

This is a two-part lecture, with the second half next Thursday, Nov. 3, at the same 4 p.m. starting time.

The two lectures will focus on a group DVD viewing with discussion. New ideas about grocery shopping, meal preparation and diet components will be offered.

We hope you will attend tonight’s presentation and also mark your calendars for the other two lectures in this fall series:

• Nov. 3: “What is a Healthy Diet?” Part 2, by Zoe Groulx, from 4-7:15 p.m.

• Nov.10: “Volunteer National Park Rangers,” by Lynne and Rick Stinchfield, from 6-7:15 p.m.

Watch for more details on both of these presentations in upcoming Library News columns. We hope to see you there.

E-books — fiction

Here is a sampling of OverDriveAdvantage e-book titles purchased just for our patrons (see story above): “The Confession” by John Grisham, “Dead or Alive” by Tom Clancy, “The Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Steig Larsson, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, “Strategic Moves” by Stuart Woods, “Home Free” by Fern Michaels, “Second Prey” by John Sandford, “Against All Enemies” by Tom Clancy, “The Harry Bosch Novels” by Michael Connelly, “Smokin’ Seventeen” by Janet Evanovich and “Happy Birthday” by Danielle Steele.

E-books — nonfiction

Here are some OverDrive Advantage nonfiction e-books purchased just for our patrons (see story above): “Known and Unknown” by Donald Rumsfeld, “The Devil in the White City” and “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson, and “The Eighty-Dollar Champion” by Elizabeth Letts.

Large print

“Wife-in-law” by Haywood Smith is a Southern romance. “The Final Note” by Kevin Alan Milne is a romance featuring a musician and his wife. “Bones of a Feather” by Carolyn Haines is the latest in the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series. “Wild Waymire” by Lewis B. Patten is a western duo. “The Sauvignon Secret” by Ellen Crosby is a wine country mystery. “Second Nature” by Jacquelyn Mitchard is a love story about a woman whose face was disfigured in a fire.

Mysteries and suspense

“Half-Past Dawn” by Richard Doetsch follows a man exploring his loss of memory and his missing wife when everyone thinks he is dead.

“Coup d’Etat” by Ben Coes is an adventure in the series featuring Dewey Andreas, this tale set in Pakistan and India. “It’s Classified” by Nicolle Wallace is a political thriller featuring four powerful women in Washington, including the female president of the U.S.

Other new novels

“A Book of Secrets” by Michael Holroyd, set in an Italian villa, features characters who are destined never to meet.

“Aleph” by Paulo Coelho follows a man facing a grave crisis of faith who sets off on a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Thanks to our donors

For generous donations in memory of Peter Welch, we thank Bob and Mary Gutknecht, Dick and Kathy Hamilton, and The Source for Pagosa Real Estate. We also thank the Mountain View Homemakers Club for their donation, “for keeping our History Books safe and sound.” For books and materials we thank Mark Brown, Marti Gallo and Lisa Peterson.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

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