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NPL's Technology Tune Up Event

Post Date:09/10/2013

Technology Tune Up Event 

Get up to speed with the latest technology at Norfolk Public Library’s (NPL) Technology Tune-up event on Saturday, September 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library on 111 W. Ocean View Avenue.

The Library is hosting the Technology Tune-up event to promote its new eBook collection that launched this summer. Using the worldwide digital distributor OverDrive™, you can now access eBooks directly from NPL’s website anytime, anywhere—all that is needed is an Internet connection, a library card number and PIN. The Library has also partnered with Zinio™, a global digital newsstand that offers magazines that you can download to your computer or mobile device for free!

At the Technology Tune-up event, learn how to download electronic books and popular magazines, and how to access useful databases on your smartphone and from NPL’s new website. And that’s not all. Take the kids to a TumbleBooks™ e-Storytime, visit with children’s book character Froggy, tour WHRO’s PBS Kids Raising Readers Literacy Van, and enjoy crafts, a bounce house, Mario Kart racing, free popcorn, and a chance to win prizes! 92.9 The Wave will broadcast live at Pretlow from 11 a.m. to noon.

On arrival, pick up your “road map” and get it stamped at the technology stations inside of the Library. Turn it in when you’re done to be entered into random prize drawings for e-Readers. Other prizes to be given out during the event include flip cameras and gift cards to Redial Wireless, and free coupons for Chick–fil-A, Auto Bell Car Wash, and American Indoor Karting.

eBook Librarian Elizabeth Woodard says, “Libraries and librarians are reinventing how they service the needs of the community. Electronic, downloadable formats create more options for people. For reluctant readers, an eBook on a device may be less foreboding. For readers with vision problems, devices may help with font size and display, and for students, eBooks offer opportunities for note taking and sharing that is not available with physical books.”

Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices to the event to take NPL’s eBooks for a “test drive.” Woodard, NPL staff, and representatives from Barnes & Noble at TCC and Zinio will be available for brief demonstrations and to answer questions. For those who want more in-depth training, an eBook class will be offered at Pretlow immediately following the event at 2:00 p.m.

For additional information about the Technology Tune-up event, please call (757) 664-7328 ext. 340/341. This event is free and open to the public.
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