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Dr. Jill Biden reading at the Dover Public Library

Thursday, November 15th, 2012 by Beth-Ann Ryan
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Don't Forget God Bless Our TroopsJoin us tomorrow when Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will read from her new book, Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops, during the story time program at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Dover Public Library.

Dr. Biden’s appearance at the Dover Library is part of a series of readings from the book this fall at story hours throughout the state as Delaware Libraries presents programs to recognize the contributions of the men and women in the nation’s military service. Copies of Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops will be available for purchase at the Dover Library, and Dr. Biden will autograph copies of books.

The book is an account of the real life experiences of Dr. Biden’s granddaughter Natalie’s year while Natalie’s father, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, served in Iraq with his Delaware National Guard unit.

She wrote the book to help children overcome feelings of loneliness when a parent is absent and to help non-military families better understand the experience of having loved ones serving overseas during wartime. The book includes resources about what readers can do to support military service members and their families.

 

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eBooks Available 24/7

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 by robert.wetherall
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We have eBooks www.delawarelibraries.orgAmericans have discovered eBooks in a big way.  In 2012, for the first time, publishers have reported that eBook sales have exceeded the sales of hardcover books.  Libraries have not ignored these trends, and Delaware libraries loan eBooks to their patrons for no charge.

Delaware public library patrons have had access to eBooks and eAudiobooks for less than a year, and they have discovered just how easy it is to borrow titles for their Kindles, Nooks, and iPads, etc.

Book lovers have been borrowing over 11,000 titles every month – an average of almost 400 per day!  And during the recent storm eBook checkouts increased 42% during the 4-day event.  It’s really easy to start using these resources—all you need is a valid library card from any Delaware public library.

If you prefer to read your titles on your e-reader or tablet, the Delaware OverDrive collection is the place to go.  This collection contains popular fiction and nonfiction titles to choose from.  Many current bestsellers are included, as are titles for teenagers and kids.  To use this collection, go to www.delawarelibraries.org, click on the eBooks & eAudiobooks tab and navigate to the OverDrive site.  Or, if you have a tablet or smartphone, you can download the free OverDrive app for a truly seamless eBook experience.

Whatever e-format you are looking for, and no matter what sort of device you own, you can find a title you want to read or listen to from a Delaware library.  Try it today!

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What is your version of the Delaware Dream?

Friday, September 7th, 2012 by Beth-Ann Ryan
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We all have dreams about the future — for ourselves, our families, and our communities. The dream of Delaware Libraries is to help our state become an even more vibrant and prosperous place where all dreams are realized.

Share your dreams for yourself and your community in our new interactive forum. Delaware Libraries and our partners want to help facilitate conversations, learning opportunities, and community collaborations that enable you and others to maximize your unique talents (whatever you geek!) and achieve your Delaware Dream.

The Delaware Dream Interactive Forum

In this interactive forum, we want to hear about your dreams – the individual hopes as well as collective vision that we’re calling the Delaware Dream. In addition to submitting your own ideas, make sure to vote on other people’s ideas, and you’ll help to create a list of the public’s favorite.

Delaware Libraries is waiting to hear about your dreams, so please share and help us make the Delaware Dream a reality. 

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Delaware Public Libraries Mobile App is here!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by Beth-Ann Ryan
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The Delaware Library Catalog mobile app is now available through app stores!  Find your local public library, get locations and hours, check your account, place holds, renew, and more!  The app works on most mobile devices/smart phones including Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Palm.

Download it for FREE today at the App Store or Android Marketplace.

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eBooks On the Move: Tablets Versus eReaders

Thursday, December 29th, 2011 by Bill Ferrell
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The modern reader encounters scads of devices which tout the ability to enjoy eBooks anywhere. A broad range of options for screen size, battery life, speed, and web compatibility make the choice complex. Consider your own reading habits when deciding which device best suits your lifestyle.

Tablets offer nearly all the power of a home computer, yet are light and handy for travel. With screens commonly ranging from 7 to 10 inches, they are larger than a paperback, but still smaller than a newspaper. The functional web-browsers are able to peruse the Delaware Library Catalog, check out an eBook, and begin reading, all from the same device! As tablet battery life reaches 10 hours plus, they have become an enticing option for digital readers on the go.

On the other hand, the market for eReaders found its audience, with device prices starting around the cost of a hardcover book. The most compact eReaders can fit in a deep pocket, are about 7 ounces, and boast over 100 hours of battery life. Many eReaders have limited web functionality, so you need to use a computer to check-out eBooks, and then move them to your eReader via USB or Wi-Fi connection.

The odd-man-out in this discussion is the ubiquitous smartphone. Not quite a personal computer, but more than a mini-tablet, an Android smartphone user can find the Overdrive Media Console in the Android App Market to download books directly to their phone. Imagine the next time you are waiting in an airport or a doctor’s office that you can use your cellphone and a Delaware Public Library card to check-out, download, and read an eBook while you wait!

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