Our digital library is growing

2018-08-27T10:55:31+00:00

Our digital library is growing. In a community that reads as much as ours does, it is not surprising that we are seeing about 60 new users on Overdrive each month, with checkouts of ebooks and downloadable audios numbering in the thousands. In response to growing demand, our Board of Trustees has approved an increase in budget to continue growing our Overdrive collection. We currently have about 7400 titles and are purchasing about 300-400 more each month. See what’s new!

Overdrive is running a special offer until September 10 in honor of Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary. If you have not tried Overdrive yet, we have simultaneous access to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – no waiting!  If Harry’s not your cup of tea, there are many other titles to choose from.

Remember we also have 46 online magazines (through RBDigital) and we have Consumer Reports (through Flipster – click on the current issue to access back issues as well).

We have been researching streaming services for documentaries and indie films, and we hope to find one with terms that are compatible with a library sharing model. In the meantime, did you know that PBS streams a lot of recent content for free? And for a $60 annual contribution, you can have extended streaming access to 1500 titles through PBS Passport, including Masterpiece Theater, American Masters, Great British Baking Show, Arts in Context, Austin City Limits, and much more.

Save the dates   We are in talks with The Community Library (Ketchum, Idaho) and the Alturas Institute to live stream their Conversations with Exceptional Women Conference at Laura’s Library. If we can get the details worked out, this will include a conversation with Tara Westover, author of Educated: A Memoir on September 15, and two days of conversations on September 27-28, including Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jody Williams (My Name Is Jody Williams), Pulitzer Prize recipient Diane McWhorter (Carry Me Home), Carole Geithner (If Only), and Emily Ruskovich (Idaho). Watch our website and our Facebook page for updates.

Programming news

  • Stop by Laura’s Library any time to see local landscapes in the new art exhibit by Joyce LaBaw.
  • Author Jonathan Hewitt discusses how to find more ease and flow in your family life, a topic from his book Life Ki-do Parenting: Tools to Raise Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out on Wednesday, September 6, noon at Laura’s.
  • Sheng Zhen (Seated Qi Gong Exercise) includes movements for all fitness levels, including anyone with difficulties in moving their lower limbs. Every Saturday, 11 am at Westbank, starting on September 15.

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