‘Tis the Holiday Season!

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Get your users into the holiday spirit and share a reminder that your digital collection is available even when the library is closed. Are all your books on holiday baking checked out? Need some materials to read while waiting at the airport for your weather-delayed plane? Going on a long road trip? Don’t forget the sleighful of downloadable materials, many of which are immediately available.

Wrapping gifts? Use Freegal and type in search term “Christmas” to retrieve all types of Christmas music. Download Christmas tunes by Tropical Steel Band to get you in a festive mood. Or Perry Como’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

Don’t want to put on your boots to get a holiday dvd? With Hoopla, you can get instant dvd’s. See the categories of “Festive Holiday Flicks and “Holidays with a Heart”. Hoopla also has holiday music.

Going on a long road trip to grandma’s house? Use OverDrive to download audiobooks to keep everyone entertained.

OverDrive also provides downloadable marketing for their collection. Check out their Winter Promo Pack for fun holiday social media graphics, print-ready flyers to display, and promotional materials.*

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Need some light reading to wile away the time spent waiting in an airport lounge? Don’t forget to use Zinio to download the latest edition of your favorite magazine.

And, best of all, It’s all FREE!!

Karen (Northland)

* Hoopla, Freegal, Zinio and OneClick all have marketing materials too!  Questions about getting print marketing materials? Contact Sarah Beasley for more information.

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Newsstand News

WOW!! There are some great additions to the Zinio magazine offerings. Titles such as Architectural Digest, Glamour, Bon Appetit, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wired and more are now available.  New titles will soon be featured on the first few pages of our Zinio magazine collection.

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Unfortunately, we are also losing access to a few titles, including Ladies Home Journal and Publisher’s Weekly.  Back issues of all discontinued titles will continue to be available.  If you’d like to see a complete list of all new and discontinued titles, check here.

There are a few other changes as well.  You may have noticed that patrons are now be required to select their home library. New users, as well and patrons with an existing Zinio account, will be prompted to select their home library from a drop-down list.  They will only be asked to do this once.

Perhaps the best news of all is that the process of logging into Zinio promises to be streamlined soon.  There will be a single sign-on rather than the current (somewhat confusing) process that has users registering on both the library and the commercial site. Stay tuned for further updates!

Lynne (Sewickley)

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eResource Challenge Lite No. 1

Today is the first of many eResource Challenge Lite questions! Post your answer and/or eResource tips in the comments below and be entered to win a prize! (Comments are moderated, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see your comment right away.)

You can respond to challenges any time you’d like, but if you want to be eligible for a prize your comment must be submitted by the end of the week that the challenge is posted.

Question #1

With holidays fast approaching and plays, pageants, and parties even closer, more and more patrons will be looking for seasonal audio. Many of these patrons will wait to the last minute, such as a panicked elementary school teacher who desperately needs a Christmas sing along CD for a recital tomorrow. The Library is closing in 15 minutes and all of your Library’s seasonal music is checked out. How can you find 5 sing along Christmas songs for your patron with such limited time?

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