Useful resources and interesting information
about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa
Wrap up Winterfest Week with a day of Festive Family Fun
Saturday, December 8, 2012, 9am to 1pm,
AND a special after-hours showing of the movie Arthur Christmas at 1:30
- Face Painting
- Puppet Shows
- Live Music
- eReader Gift Advice/Demos
- Visit Santa & the Snow Queen
- Holiday Centerpiece Craft Demo
- Food for Fines
- Commemorative Community Tree
- Additional Activities at EPL Branches!
- Arthur Christmas 1:30 PM at the Main Library
What you’ll need to download titles from Elkhart Public Library’s eBook collection:
- An Internet connected computer or mobile device
- A resident Elkhart Public Library Card, in good standing, & PIN number
- Free software:
For EPUB format eBooks, you will need Adobe Digital
Editions to authorize digital rights management on your eReader. Computers will need the Google Chrome
browser or a Chrome plug-in if you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, or another browser. Adobe Digital Editions will ask you to create an Adobe ID which requires you to have an email account.
For Kindle format eBooks, you will need an Amazon.com account and a Kindle, a Kindle app, or an Internet browser.
For Audiobooks, you will need OverDrive Media Console downloaded to your computer or mobile device.
For smartphones or tablets, OverDrive Media Console apps are available. Adobe Digital Editions is also needed to authorize these devices.
How it works:
- Browse the digital media catalog: downloads.myepl.org
- Checkout titles: you may have three titles at a time checked out to your account
- You may have three holds placed at a time
- A wish list is available to record future choices
- Titles automatically expire after the due date
- Titles may be returned early
- Download to your computer or mobile device
Help is available:
Nonfiction eBooks for research and reference:
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) Titles include: Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia, Novels for Students, Encyclopedia of Small Business, Grzimek’s Student Animal Life Resource, Encyclopedia of the Great Depression, West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, Blackbirch Kid’s Visual Reference of the United States, International Directory of Company Histories, and History Behind the Headlines: The Origins of Conflicts Worldwide, as well as a broad collection of health and medical sources. Download, print, email or listen to articles!
We asked EPL staff members and our Facebook followers to recommend their favorite books of 2012, and (optionally) tell us why. Their suggestions offer a variety of choices: Fiction, Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Teen, Juvenile and Picture Books were all included in this year’s picks.
Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray, says Debbie H., is “a very funny book.”
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda Brunstetter and The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis, both Inspirational Fiction, were among April’s favorites this year.
Facebook follower Deborah, enjoyed Gone Girl, a mystery by Gillian Flynn.
Daredevil, Vol. 1 by Mark Waid is a Graphic Novel featuring “a character that Marvel has shifted to the back burner in recent years, and makes him a must-read,” says Paul. “Don’t even bother trying to put this one down until you’re done.”
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker is Allison’s choice for adult fiction.
Judy F. enjoyed The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds by Julie Zickefoose. Judy writes, “Zickefoose is a talented author and gifted illustrator, who shares her observations and expertise on backyard birds, the rehabilitation of injured birds, and the ethics and responsibilities of a pet bird owner.” Booklist calls The Bluebird Effect a “lovely book… one to savor slowly, admiring both writing and artistry.”
Celine describes The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, as “Interesting and enlightening.”
Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry is another of Paul’s favorites. It is the second book in a series that combines a zombie apocalypse with a coming of age tale, and “hooks you before you know you’re hooked. Start with Rot and Ruin, then check this one out.”
Paul also recommends the Young Adult Graphic Novel Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks. “Humor, high school and a haunting. What more could you want?”
Donna and her patrons highly recommend Seconds Away by Harlan Coben, the second book in the Mickey Bolitar series, after Shelter. Donna says “Adults enjoy these books as much as the teens do.” (For Coben fans, Mickey is Myron Bolitar’s nephew.)
Jasper Fforde’s The Last Dragonslayer is a favorite of Facebook responder Mary.
The Diviners by Libba Bray is Allison’s recommendation for teens.
Cheryl highly recommends The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy for older elementary-age children. It is the story of the Princes Charming, in which the princes from Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty embark on a quest to save Cinderella. “This book really has a sense of humor and gives some personality to those bland fairy tale characters.”
Allison and Paul both like The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. “Heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure,” says Paul. “Ivan is a must-read for animal lovers.”
Another of Mary’s favorites, as posted on Facebook, is Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket. (New series: All the Wrong Questions: Question 1)
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, says Cheryl, “shows green in all its wonder. The book is filled with colors like jungle green and lime green. It even has a few pages that are different, like the page that is “not green” and shows red instead.”
Laurene’s favorite picture books this year are Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney, Listen to My Trumpet by Mo Willems and Charlie and the Christmas Kitty by Ree Drummond.
The best eReader is not necessarily the one with the most features, but rather the one that does what you need it to do. The sheer number of eReaders and tablets now available can make choosing the right one seem overwhelming.
This eReader Shopping Guide, courtesy of the Eugene (Oregon) Public Library, is an excellent starting point.
|Is this a gift for mom or dad?||If you are buying an eReader as a gift, make sure that the person actually wants one. This may sound obvious, but it is very important. You may be excited about this new technology, but does your family member have a similar level of interest and enthusiasm to push through the initial learning curve required to download and read eBooks?Does your family member have the computer skills, email account, Internet access and home computer that may be necessary to use the eReader you have in mind?|
|Compatibility with Library eBooks||Do you plan to download free books from the Library’s website? Make sure you choose an eReader that is compatible with this service.|
|Navigation||Is navigating the menus simple and intuitive? Is it easy to remember how to use the eReader each time you pick it up?|
|Price||Narrow your choices by setting a budget. There are great eReaders in any price range.|
|Screen Size||Measured diagonally, screens range from about 5 to 10 inches. Where do you plan on taking your eReader? While a giant screen may be appealing while reading at home, a smaller screen will be small and light enough to slip into a handbag or briefcase. If you have problems with your hands, the weight and thickness may make a difference to you.|
|Battery life & replaceability||While some eReaders offer many features, they may not have the battery life you need. Are you planning to travel where recharging will be inconvenient? Some devices must be recharged every 4-5 hours. Some can last months. Is the battery user replaceable?|
|Input device: touch screen vs. directional keypad||Some eReaders require a stylus or your fingers to operate a touch screen. Others have one or more control buttons. How you interact with the display will make a huge difference – and it’s an individual preference. Some eReaders are dedicated to displaying eBooks and nothing else. These are simple and have fewer options and controls.|
|Extra features||Virtually every eReader brand has distinctive capabilities. Some eReaders have color, 3G or other wireless, audio, video, dictionaries and note taking features. These features may use more battery power, take more time to learn, and are more expensive. Watching and reading online reviews can be helpful.|
|E Ink or LCD||LCD eReaders do not require an outside light source and can display color. E Ink relies on an outside light source; it is not backlit. Some E Ink eReaders now have an internal light that can be turned on and off as needed. In bright sun, E Ink is easier to read than an LCD screen. LCD eReaders tend to weigh and cost more.|
|Refresh rate and page turn||How long does it take for the screen to refresh? Most eReaders refresh pages in under one second. It can feel similar to the time it takes to turn a page in a paper book, but it may seem slow when navigating menus. Some models are a few seconds quicker to wake up from sleep mode, or a few minutes faster to boot up from off mode, than their competitors.|
|Readability||How crisp are the letters? How stark is the contrast between the text and background?|
|Power cords||Will it charge with any other USB power adapter except the one included? Will it charge from USB cable connected to a computer? Is a AC USB wall adapter included with your device or available for purchase?|
Once you have an idea of what features you want, these sites offer comparisons, reviews, recommendations and specific product information:
- Eugene (Oregon) Public Library’s eReader Shopping Guide
- The eBook Reader: A comprehensive guide to “everything about the world of electronic readers”
- Engadget Fall 2013 Tablet Buyer’s Guide
- Amazon Kindle Comparison Guide
- Barnes and Noble Nook Comparison Guide
- CNET: Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Tablets and eBook readers