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What is your version of the Delaware Dream?

Friday, September 7th, 2012 by Beth-Ann Ryan

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

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

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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Free eBooks & Wifi

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 by Beth-Ann Ryan

eBooks linkOn Monday, Governor Markell announced all Delaware public libraries now provide free wifi and free downloadable eBooks! 

You can browse the eBook collection, check out with your library card, and enjoy immediately or transfer to a variety of devices, including Kindle, Sony Reader, Nook, Kobo, iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android, and more. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!  Check our website for directions on downloading to Kindles, other eReaders and mobile devices.

With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more.   

Please consider supporting the purchase of additional eBooks by making tax-deductible contributions to the Delaware Libraries eBook account at the Delaware Community Foundation.

Happy eReading!

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Open Library & e-Books

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 by robert.wetherall

Libraries are adopting electronic books (e-books) in a big way.  The Delaware Division of Libraries has recently signed a contract with OverDrive, a library “aggregator” of electronic media, to offer this technology to Delaware library patrons.  OverDrive will offer the latest in copyrighted e-books, and it also offers access to over 34,000 older, public-domain titles.

What about the thousands of out-of-print titles which are still under copyright?  How will libraries make these resources available to their patrons?  To address this problem, Internet Archive, a non-profit organization, has recently introduced its “Open Library” resource.  This will allow patrons of cooperating libraries to borrow these e-books at no cost to them.

At the recent meeting of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) in New Mexico, COSLA unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Internet Archive.  State librarians in all 50 states will coordinate a project to acquire and digitize 1,000,000 copyrighted titles and make them available to their patrons.  Here in Delaware, State Librarian, Dr. Annie Norman, will be the point person on this project.

The Open Library lending program encourages libraries to send their books to the Internet Archive to be digitized. Internet Archive will retain the books in storage, which will allow them to make one digital copy available electronically.  Each participating library will contribute 10 books.

There are currently 100,000 titles in the Open Library.  More than 1,000 libraries in eight countries are participating.  To learn more about the Open Library, see their homepage (

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