If you were the lucky recipient of a new eReader or tablet over the holidays hopefully you’ve taken it out of the box by now! As you get more familiar with your device and are ready to tackle some reading materials don’t start your digital adventure by spending too much with potentially costly downloads. The La Crosse County Library with locations in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska and West Salem are not just all about print materials these days. We also participate in the State’s Digital Library through Overdrive which offers card carrying Wisconsin Library patrons free book, audio and video downloads.
Initial set-up may seem a bit overwhelming, but visit our website at www.lacrossecountylibrary.org and start with the generous help resources offered by the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library in Indiana to get you started. Their resources are invaluable and kindly shared via their website. There you can choose your device and walk through guided help for your initial Overdrive set-up. Once you’re set-up return to our website for direct access to Wisconsin’s Digital Library. Set-up your Overdrive account by choosing your favorite La Crosse County Library location and use your library card number and pin to get going.
Unfortunately, digital borrowing isn’t all that different from borrowing print copies at the Library. If you’re looking for something specific you may have to wait on a request list just like the latest, most popular print copies. However, if you’re just interested in browsing or getting a title onto your device, start by choosing your favorite category from the main blue menu on Wisconsin’s Digital Library page. From there, use the “Show Me:” option to select only titles with available copies and you’re sure to find something to test your new toy with.
If gift givers missed you this year with an eReader or you’re just not ready to delve into digital reading, participate in our new pilot Nook lending project at our John Bosshard Memorial Library in Bangor or at the Holmen Area Library. After an initial agreement to take responsibility for our devices, use your library card and Wisconsin Driver’s license or ID to take a Nook home and read a title, two or twelve already pre-loaded on our devices.
These check-out Nooks are limited at each location and at this time are only available to borrow right at Bangor or Holmen during this New Year trial period. Be among the first in 2014 to try out our new services and help us develop our lending policies and title selections in hopes of expanding this service at all of our La Crosse County Library locations.
Our best wishes for a great 2014 and Happy New Year from the entire staff of the La Crosse County Library. For more information about our services, stop by your favorite location in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska or West Salem or browse this website.
Chris McArdle Rojo, MLS
La Crosse County Library Director
103 State St.
Holmen, WI 54636
608-526-9600, opt. 1