A nonfiction option has been added to the preloaded Kindles available for check out at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
In December the library added Kindles loaded with high-demand fiction and now has thre of the simple black and white devices that patrons can place holds on like printed books.
A fourth Kindle has been loaded with nonfiction books that library records indicate patrons have placed on hold numerous times.
The available nonfiction titles on the device include: “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond, “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance, “Love Warrior: A Memoir” by Glennon Doyle Melton, and “The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds” by Michael Lewis.
For now, the Kindle eReaders will be available to check out from the Research and Information Desk for up to 28 days. If demand increases, the loan period may be shortened.
The devices are not equipped with browsers – such as Chrome or Explorer – but are just set up to read the books loaded on them. The devices can be found on the library’s catalog as “High Demand Nonfiction (Coeur d’Alene) Kindle eReader.”
The Kindles can also be used by readers who need large-print materials. The fonts can be enlarged by readers for easier viewing.
Information on the new service is available at 208-769-2315 or by visiting the Research and Information Desk at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Survey Seeks Community Ideas on Equipment, Programs
The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries are conducting a survey to determine what patrons want for makerspace equipment and programs.
A makerspace is a community-operated workspace where people with common creative interests, often in computers, technology, science, art crafts, and sewing, can meet, socialize, and collaborate.
“Our community already has an excellent – fully equipped – makerspace at Gizmo,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “And it isn’t our plan to compete with that resource. The libraries are considering adding equipment and events to create a makerspace environment appropriate for our facilities and staff and we want to know what our patrons would like to see here.”
People can respond to the survey online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/92D3PW2 and can also fill out a paper version at the main library, 702 E. Front Ave., or at the Lake City branch in the high school on Ramsey Road.
Children and families have another reason to read this summer.
A new online resource on the website for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library provides more than 600 free children’s e-books from any device with Internet access.
The fiction and nonfiction books from the Fable Learning site can be accessed by visiting www.cdalibrary.org and clicking the EXPLORE link. On non-library computers patrons need to log in with their library card number.
Fable Learning allows users to search for a title by name, author, or subject and to select titles based on grade level or Accelerated Reading searches.
Or users can simply browse all titles and covers to see what captures their imaginations. The interactive books allows children to read the books as they would normally or to have the books read to them as words are highlighted on the page.
Remember, e-books still qualify as time for Reading Logs for Summer Reading at the library, even if the title is read to the child. Reading logs are available in the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level and at Lake City Public Library on Ramsey Road.
Fable Learning is one of several services for younger readers available online through the library’s EXPLORE link.
► Tumble Books: Books younger readers can listen to.
► Novel List K-8 Plus: Books recommendations based on the readers’ interests.
► World Book Kids: Reference materials.
► Book Adventure: A Sylvan Learning-maintained site with a free reading motivation program for ages K-8.
► Storyline Online: Streaming video from the Screen Actors Guild featuring actors reading children’s books.
► OverDrive: The library’s main e-book source also offers children’s titles that can be downloaded to computers, tablets, and e-readers for up to two weeks. Most books can also be read online where Internet access is available.
For user names and passwords associated with online resources call 208-769-2315 or visit the library at 702 E. Front Ave. Some services are provided courtesy of the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.