Digital Bookmobile's National Tour Will Stop at KC's Union Station, Showcase Library's Digital Offerings
June 23, 2014
Still haven't tapped into the Kansas City Public Library's array of e-books, audiobooks, and other digital offerings? Want to learn the ropes? Or delve deeper?
Step aboard the specially outfitted 18-wheeler about to pull up to Kansas City's Union Station.
The Digital Bookmobile, a 74-foot-long, high-tech variation of the traditional bookmobile, rolls into town on Sunday, June 22, 2014, setting up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd. - a few minutes south of the downtown Central Library. It will spotlight the Library's digital media materials, offering instruction on accessing its collection of more than 15,000 e-books, audiobooks, and movies, and allowing hands-on experience at a bank of learning stations.
The vehicle is equipped with broadband-connected computers, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players. In its Gadget Gallery, visitors can access the Library's e-books and audiobooks on devices ranging from iPhone and Android phones to tablets and Kindle and Nook readers.
Operated by OverDrive, Inc., the Cleveland, Ohio-based distributor of digital materials to libraries, schools, and retailers, the Digital Bookmobile is making six stops in seven days in Missouri and Kansas as part of a nationwide tour.
"It's a perfect way to get a taste of two of Kansas City's premier cultural institutions," says Joel Jones, the Kansas City Public Library's deputy director of branch and library services. "Visitors can get to know the Library a little better, make sure they're able to take full advantage of its digital collection. And at Union Station, they can take in Science City or "The Discovery of King Tut" and grab a bite to eat.
Two OverDrive instructors will staff the Digital Bookmobile during its six-hour stay, showing visitors how to download the OverDrive application on a mobile device or use the service on a desktop computer, walking them through a search of the Kansas City Public Library's digital media collection (at www.kclibrary.org/downloadables), and lending assistance in downloading e-books, audiobooks, and video.
A video lounge inside the Bookmobile will give visitors a taste of the rich video content, from insightful documentaries to feature films, available through the Library.
Library staff members will be on hand to register new patrons for Library cards.
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