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Consumer Reports Online!

17 Jul

 

Consumer Reports has been a go-to source for unbiased reviews on different products and services for a long time. It’s one of the most popular magazines in our libraries. Because it is so popular in print we decided to subscribe to their website.

You now have the ability to browse and utilize all of the options available at consumerreports.org via our subscription. In addition to reviews you will find buying guides, video reviews, and more. You can access the site by following this link and entering your library card number.

We are happy to offer this new resource and hope it will help you make informed purchasing decisions and save you some money too!

Want to learn a new language this summer?

9 Jun

Headed to a foreign country this summer and want to learn some of the language? Just want to learn a new language? We’ve go the resource for you.

Mango Languages is a great way to learn over 60 languages. They have a great system to help you develop the familiarity you need to be comfortable having a conversation in very little time.

You can use Mango on your computer or learn on the go with their apps for Android and Apple devices. And it’s free for you with your Henrico Library card.

To get started, follow this link, create an account (so you can save your progress), pick the language you want to learn and start learning.

Book Recommendations Sent to Your Inbox

27 May

Book Recommendations Sent to Your Inbox

Get some ideas for your vacation reads this summer. Sign up for NextReads book recommendations to be emailed to you regularly based on your likes and even age level. Pick from New York Times Bestsellers, Biography, Picture books, Teen books, Finance, Fitness and more.

New library website goes live Monday, February 17!

14 Feb

Using the feedback you gave us a little over a year ago in our online survey we have updated our website to use a more responsive and flexible platform.

While much of the website’s content and layout is the same you will notice some small improvements. We hope the changes will help you access the information you need more easily and we look forward to your feedback after we launch on Monday, February 17th

New digital magazines feature!

7 Oct

2013q3_Zinio_presentIf you have been using our Digital Magazines you may have noticed a new feature…back issues!

Until last week the only issues available to be checked out were current ones. Now you have the option to check out previous issues too.

While you are browsing our digital magazines collection you will see a new ‘Back Issues Available’ option for all of our magazines. That option will show you all previous issues of that magazine you can check out.

There are aren’t many back issues available right now (we’ve only been offering digital magazines for a few months) but the collection will grow. We are very happy to be able to offer this option to you. Hope you like it!

If you haven’t tried out our digital magazines and would like to learn more go here for more information.

 

Digital Magazines!

2 Aug

We’ve got a new service and can’t wait for you to try it out!

Digital magazines! Yep, thanks to the Library of Virginia, you now have the opportunity to read dozens of magazines on your computer, smartphone and tablet for FREE from the library.

Zinio  is a company that has been offering paid subscriptions to digital magazines for years. They offer a wide variety of cover-to-cover, full digital editions of popular magazines, which are current and released at the same time as their print editions. Some magazines even contain bonus materials that you can’t get in print, like animated diagrams, music, or video. They have apps for most mobile devices (smartphones/tablets) and computers so you can read your magazines just about anywhere you like.

The Library of Virginia and RBdigital (a division of longtime library friend Recorded Books) are now able to make selected Zinio digital magazines available for free to public library patrons across Virginia, including those in Henrico! We subscribe to many digital magazines through Zinio and make them available for you to check out for free through our Digital Magazines site. Check out as many issues as you want, and keep them as long as you like. There are no expiration dates.

Interested? Want to get started? Great! We’ve written some instructions that should help. For more information go here.

We hope you enjoy this new service!

OverDrive App Upgrades and Apple Devices

24 May

Are you an eBook reader? If you read your eBooks on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch there is an important update coming for the OverDrive app you should know about.

We just got an email from OverDrive informing us about an issue you will run into when you update their app. You will need to reauthorize the app with your Adobe ID. According to the email:

Due to a change in Apple’s privacy policies, we’ve had to make changes to the way we handle licensing of EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks. As a result, the OMC for iOS v2.6.5 update will de-authorize every users’ Adobe ID and prompt them to authorize again. Audiobook users will be unaffected unless attempting to download parts from a book that was only partially downloaded prior to the v2.6.5 update.

Resetting an Adobe ID password

If you set up your app a while ago you may have forgotten your password. To check your password visit this site and try to log in with your email address and password. If you were able to log in great! If not you can reset your password.

  • Select the Trouble signing in? link below the Sign in button.
  • Enter the email address for your Adobe ID on the next screen and select the Reset password button.
  • Adobe will send you an email with instructions on how to reset your password.

How to find the email address for your Adobe ID

Can’t remember what email address you used for your Adobe ID? The steps below will help you find it.

  • Open the app.
  • Select Get Books in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Select the Settings icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • The email address associated with your Adobe ID will be at the top of the screen.

We’ve made a short video showing the steps listed above.

What to expect after the update is installed

After you install the update, the first time you open the app you should see the screen below:

OD_Update_Adobe_Sign_In_Message

Selecting Sign In will show the Adobe Authorization screen.

OD_Enter_your_Adobe_ID

The Adobe ID you were using before the update should show up in the top box. Enter your password in the Password box and select Authorize. You should be all set up!

If you need extra assistance feel free to visit any of our libraries.

Information is Power!

23 May

Later this month we will begin checking out Kill-A-Watt energy meter kits to help you monitor your energy usage. These meters can help you get a better idea of how much energy appliances like refrigerators, televisions and anything else you can plug in are using. The kits will be available in our catalog so you can place one on hold and check it out at your favorite Henrico Library. Each kit will have instructions on how to use the meter and what the information means.

To kick off this new program, the Henrico County Energy Manager will be discussing how to review your Dominion Virginia Power bill, basic electricity concepts and the benefits of the Kill-A-Watt meters.

Thursday, May 23 7pm – 8pm @ Tuckahoe

Saturday, June 1 2pm – 3pm @ Dumbarton

Curious about how the meters work? Take a look at the video below.

New OverDrive

9 Apr

Are you an eBook reader? If so,  we have some news for you. OverDrive (one of the companies we work with the provide eBooks) is updating their service. We mentioned this a few months ago but, at that time, we didn’t know when we would be getting the update. Well, now we know. We will be getting the update – The week of April 15th.

What does this mean?

1.Our OverDrive site will look completely different.

To get an idea of what the new site will look like take a look at Chesterfield’s OverDrive site.

2. New Filtered Search

The search experience has been improved. You will have the ability to narrow searches by format, subject, publisher, language and by age.

3. One-step check out

One of the improvements we like is the in the checkout process. Currently, you have to choose the format you want then check out the title. The new system reverses that. You check out the book then select the format.We think this is an improvement that should make things a little easier.

4.New READ format

OverDrive is introducing a new eBook format, called READ, in addition to the current eBook formats they currently offer. It is browser based so you don’t have to download the eBook to a computer or the OverDrive app to read. Not all of the eBooks in our collection will be available in this format but most will be.

More info & a demo

OverDrive has placed the image to the right on our OverDrive site to let people know that things will be changing soon. Clicking on it will take you to a page that explains things.

If you want a quick explanation take a look at the video below.

Find It Virginia

15 Mar

Our library app is moving to the Find It Virginia app in April.

Be sure to switch over before then. We will be discontinuing our app in April in favor of the Find It Virginia app. You can find it in your app store or by visiting va.boopsie.com.

What is the Find It Virginia app?

It’s an app that gives you mobile access to every public library in Virginia!

It was developed by the Library of Virginia and Boopsie, the same company we worked with to develop our app. They have done a great job.  It works on most mobile operating systems so you should be able to install it on just about any smartphone or tablet.

Much like our app, you can:

  • Browse the catalog
  • Place holds
  • See what you have checked out
  • Renew material
  • View our calendar of events
  • Locate the nearest library

Plus you get some new features!

  • Complete integration with our OverDrive eBooks and downloadable audiobooks
  • Search the catalog by scanning the barcodes of books, DVDs and more
  • Access all Public libraries in Virginia

We think it’s a great app and think you will like it. Give it a try!

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