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Digital Bookmobile brings interactive reading experience to Wheelock Library in Tacoma

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on April 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm with 1 Comment »
December 7, 2010 10:12 am

You might think of it something like this: See Dick read his hardcover library book. Watch Jane download her novel in audiobook form- or even onto a personal reading device

See Dick and Jane learn libraries are much, much more than stacks and stacks of books on wooden or metal shelves.

Tacoma Public Library will host the Digital Bookmobile on its national tour this week.

The 764-foot, high-tech tractor trailer reading rig will be at the Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Digital Bookmobile

The event is free and open to the public, but you need a library card to check out materials. You’ll be able to find out to download materials like e-books and audiobooks, according to a news release.

Library cardholders can download digital titles any time, anywhere by visiting this site: http://tacoma.lib.overdrive.com.

Visitors to the bookmobile event can get free library cards, if they meet residency requirements, and learn about library services and events.

The Digital Bookmobile is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players.

Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search media collection, use mobile devices and sample audiobooks and e-books, the news release said.

And this library’s always open, giving Dick and Jane lots of time to get there. They may not be in a hurry, but their dog Spot might run along beside them anyway. (As he did in the Dick and Jane reading books.)

There are no late fees or damaged items, either, library spokesman David Domkoski wrote in the news release.

On the library’s website, you “can you browse the growing collection of best-selling, new releases, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid library card,” the release continued. “Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to supported mobile devices. Many audio titles can also be burned to audio CD.”

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