We are so excited about our new partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Keep checking in with CSP to see guest posts from our friends at CMLibrary – they’ll be offering tons of Smarty tips for taking full advantage of YOUR library. Enjoy! (P.S. – CMLibrary tells us to use #LoveYourLibrary to spread the word this month! Let’s shout it from the social media rooftops! :-))
How awesome would it be to read eBooks and eMagazines, listen to audiobooks and music, and watch movies FOR FREE? You can! All you need is a Library card.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers an extensive collection of FREE digital downloads for eReaders and mobile devices.
Need to quickly access a children’s movie for a long car ride? Stream or download one through Hoopla. Missed your favorite yoga class, but still want to get in a few sun salutations? Find a yoga video perfect for you on Overdrive. Are you stocking up on reading materials for your vacation but want to save space in your luggage? Find entertaining magazines through Zinio and eBooks through Freading.
Digital Librarian Trick: If you have a smart phone or tablet, install the Library’s mobile app; it makes downloading directly to your device quick and easy.
Here is a run-down of our most popular digital services and what they can offer – all available for FREE with your Library card:
Overdrive offers access to thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, music and movies in a wide range of genres including popular adult fiction and bestsellers. There is also an Overdrive eReading Room: Kids Collection and an Overdrive eReading Room: Teen Collection. Access content using your computer’s browser, iOS and Droid or an eReader.
Freading has over 25,000 titles available for check out and download from a variety of small and independent publishers. Download eBooks instantly – no holds, no waiting! Cardholders receive five tokens each week to check out eBooks, which are one to four tokens each.
Hoopla lets you instantly borrow movies, TV series, music and audiobooks. Enjoy Hollywood blockbusters, works by best-selling authors and artists and an extensive catalog of educational materials, children’s titles, foreign films and other hard-to-find content not offered anywhere else. Items can be streamed or downloaded.
Zinio is the world’s largest news stand, offering full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment; from the best news, politics, technology, art, style, travel titles and more. No holds, no checkout periods and no limit to the number of magazines you can download and read on your PC, tablet and smart phone.
To learn more or to start downloading right away, go to the Digital Downloads page on Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s website.
And if you need help, the Library also offers assistance learning how to use and download digital products to your device. You can sign up for one-on-one training, attend a class or pop in during one of the scheduled drop-in sessions. Visit the website for available learning sessions, or contact your nearest library.
So love your library this month and get to reading (or watching or listening); if you don’t have your Library card yet, get started today.