Digital Bookmobile Visits Evanston June 12 at Two Locations

The Digital Bookmobile National Tour is making a stop in Evanston! This awesome, high-tech bus will be at the Evanston Public Library on June 12 from 1-4 pm in the parking lot directly east of the Library. From 5-7 pm, the Digital Bookmobile will be at the parking lot of Over the Rainbow, at 2040 Brown Avenue. Traveling coast to coast, the mobile exhibit will provide an interactive experience for readers of all ages to explore eBooks and audiobooks available at the Library. In this high-tech bookmobile, visitors can learn how to borrow digital books, stop at the Gadget Gallery to explore a variety of devices, talk with eReading experts and so much more. Tours are free and open to the community.

The 42-foot long Digital Bookmobile is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, free Wi-Fi connection, touchscreen monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which will help visitors explore Evanston Public Library’s digital collections. In the Gadget Gallery, readers can explore all popular devices including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle®. Interactive learning stations encourage visitors to search the library’s digital media collection and go through the borrowing process. Beginners can get a one-on-one tutorial from technical experts.

Library readers can take advantage of the featured services to borrow eBooks and audiobooks for free, 24/7 with no late fees on the library’s website or use the OverDrive app to read or listen right in the browser. A valid library card unlocks the opportunity for readers to explore the extensive digital catalog featuring bestselling authors, new releases, classic titles, and much more. Whether listening to an audiobook or indulging in an eBook, titles will automatically expire and return to the libraries digital collection at the end of the lending period. Digital reading has never been easier as readers can sync libraries, bookmarks, highlights, and reading positions across mobile devices.

“This is a great opportunity for Evanston’s readers to explore the world of eBooks, learn more about what is available to them through the library, and get their questions answered, ” said Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons.

“I am excited to welcome the Digital Bookmobile to the 5th Ward,” said 5th Ward Alderman Robin Rue Simmons.  “This is a great example of innovation, equal access, collaboration and commitment to literacy for all.  We are encouraged that Evanston Public Library accepted our request to co-host the tour and together we will continue pursing opportunities to bring library services to the community. The bonus is, this will take place at Over the Rainbow.  All are encouraged and welcome to join us.”
Library statistics show that readers checked out more than 86,000 digital items in 2016. The total number of circulated items was 1,080,109.

The Digital Bookmobile is powered by OverDrive, the industry-leading digital reading platform to more than 36,000 libraries & schools worldwide.


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