Library hold sessions about e-services next week
By ELISA SAND, Staff Reporter
The Madison Public Library now has four virtual library services available to area residents, and officials plan to hold informational sessions Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to showcase those services during National Library Week. Melanie Argo, an employee with the Madison Public Library who is familiar with many of the electronic services, plans to provide information on Zinio, OneClick Digital, Axis360 and SD Titles to Go.|
Zinio provides electronic access to the library's magazine subscriptions, OneClick provides access to audio books and the other two provide access to e-books.
Monday's sessions are at 10 a.m. (Zinio); 10:45 a.m. (OneClick Digital); 11:15 a.m. (Axis360); and 12:15 p.m. (SD Titles to Go).
Wednesday's sessions will be held from 2-5 p.m. Session topics are in the same order and take place at 45-minute increments. Thursday's sessions are from 6-9 p.m.
Argo said Axis360 and Zinio are two new services that are now available. Through Axis360 there are certain e-readers that are compatible. Those are Nook, Sony and Kobo devices as well as the Kindle Fire and the Kindle HD.
Argo said Zinio provides unlimited direct online access to the library's magazine subscriptions for as long as the library maintains its subscription.
Through the e-book or audio book options, books are available to check out for 7-, 14- or 21-day periods. Some programs are joint ventures with other libraries. Argo said the Madison Public Library is one of 62 participating libraries through South Dakota Titles to Go.
Argo said anyone with questions about the e-services that are now available are encouraged to come in and ask questions.
"We're here to be a help and guidance," she said.
Another program taking place next week is World Book Night on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The evening features a book exchange where participants are asked to bring two books from their collection that they'd like to pass along to another person.
Tuesday's event features refreshments, trivia, games and conversation about literacy.
Argo said the goal is to promote the nationwide World Book Night, which is actually April 23 and commemorates the birthday of William Shakespeare. Through this program anyone can apply through the World Book Organization to be a giver and receive a set of 20 books to be distributed in their community. The application deadline for 2013 has passed but more information on the program is available at worldbooknight.org.
"We're holding a reception to promote World Book Night," Argo said. "Anyone is welcome. They can bring two books to share with someone else."