One of my favorite things about working the reference desk is having conversations with the many patrons that I see on a day-to-day basis. One of my go-to questions to ask people is “What is your new favorite thing to do?” Well, today’s blog post centers around one of the answers I received a week or so ago. One of the younger patrons I was helping mentioned that his favorite thing to do when he doesn’t have a book to read and hasn’t had time to make it to the library is to use Wattpad. Naturally my curiosity was piqued as I had never heard of Wattpad before and I wanted to know just what this was that he uses when he couldn’t make it to the library.
Wattpad is an online writing community composed of never before published writers, already published writers, and people who are just looking for a place to write down their thoughts. This can be accessed either online or by downloading the Wattpad app. On a long car ride, I spent a few hours playing around in the app and discovered a few interesting tidbits. This app does not have an age limit and the content can be anything, from fanfiction to any genre you can think of, so be sure to read the blurb presented with each story before opening and reading it. Wattpad allows you to comment on the stories that you read and to follow the authors that you like, so you can be alerted when they publish something new. You can read anything from published works to works-in-progress. Join groups of people who write things similar to yourself or stories that you like to read. Vote for the stories you like to win different awards. If you’re feeling brave, you can also write and put your own work online for other people to read. All in all, Wattpad is fast becoming one of my favorite apps to play with when I’m looking for inspiration and don’t want to carry a book around with me. Try it out and let me know what you think!
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to read more books? Are you already struggling to find time to read to a book? If so, you might want to try audiobooks.
Many Davenport library users have made comments about how they can listen to audiobooks while doing other things. Some people listen to them in the car while others say they listen to audiobooks while cleaning the house.
The Davenport Public Library offers different audiobook options. You can come to the library and check out CD or MP3 audiobooks. The library also offers Playaways. Playaways are devices that have an audiobook already recorded on it. All you have to do is plug in your headphones and listen! They are small enough that you can put them in your pocket.
If you don’t have time to come to the library, you can download audiobooks from home. One Click Digital is an online resource that offers eAudiobooks to download. RiverShare Digital Library offers both eAudiobooks and eBooks to download.
To learn more about downloading audiobooks, visit the e-Books & More section of our website.
WILBOR has a new look and now it is even easier to enjoy your favorite eBooks and eAudiobooks! A few of the highlights:
-An icon in the corner of a book cover will tell you whether the title is an eBook or an eAudiobook. If the icon is black, the title is available. If it is gray, the title has a wait list.
-Click on “Borrow” to choose your title.
-After you have logged into your account and accessed your “Bookshelf” you will be given the option to download your selection or return your title (once you download your selected format, you may only be able to return the title via the software). Clicking the “Download” button once will allow you to select your desired format.
–Overdrive Read is available for select titles, which allows you to open your eBook selection immediately and read from a browser on your computer or mobile device.
Questions? Contact the Reference Department!
For even more recommended reads from your favorite blogging librarians, check out DPL’s new Pinterest page! On Pinterest, we share book recommendations and read-alikes, DVD selections, information about library events and programs, fun facts, library photos, and much more. To make it even better, every pin is a direct link to that item in our RiverShare catalog, making it easy for you to place a hold on anything you see!
- Have you ever been frustrated by trying to browse our book club kits in the online catalog? Select your book club’s next title from our board “Book Club Kits @DPL“
- Curious about Zinio? Browse our selection of free digital magazines on “DPL’s Zinio Magazines“
- Fascinated by local history? Explore images from bygone Davenport on “Special Collections @DPL“
- Are eBooks your thing? Check out our selection on “eBooks available via DPL“
- Is your family getting excited for the 2013 Summer Reading Program? Visit our SRP pin board for program info, book recommendations, and fun stuff for the theme “Dig Into Reading!“
By popular demand, the library now has Nintendo DS games available for checkout! Instead of spending tons of money on new games for your kids (or yourself!), now you can check them out for free. These games (as well as our games for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3) check out for one week and can’t be renewed or placed on hold, but feel free to stop in and see what we have in stock.
Here are a few of the Nintendo DS games we have added to the collection:
New Super Mario Bros.
Mario Kart DS
Pokemon Black and White Versions
Plants Vs. Zombies
Lego Star Wars
Mario Party DS
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 and 5-7
Dragon Quest IX
This blog is written by the staff of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (the 11th stack refers to the top floor of their library). The posts are quirky and thought-provoking. I love this one, Hot Makes Angry, in which the author likens himself to the Incredible Hulk. During the current heat wave, his emotions were on edge, so he delved into the IH graphic novels (bit of trivia: the original Hulk was gray, not green).
A recent post, Batman. Dark Knight Looming, notes that, last summer, Pittsburgh was the site for some of the filming for Dark Knight Rises.
The staff biographies are as fun to read as the blog posts. If they are anything to go by, this is a fun and diverse library to work at. For example, Holly’s hobby is “thrifting,” (I need to find out what this is), Leigh Ann “practices mad science,” Bonnie likes “gluing and taping things,” Maria, who would “love to meet other Michigan transplants so that she can talk about Michigan without seeming weird (such as using her hand as a map)” and one I’m on board with: Tara, who is into “making soup and napping.”
Looking for something for your kids to do now that school is out? The library has lots of new video games available for checkout. You might even find one you would like to play yourself! Here are just a few of our newest titles:
Mario Party 8
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
GoldenEye 007 Reloaded
Madden NFL 11
Just Dance Summer Party
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7
And thanks to a grant from Genesis to support health and wellness, the Eastern Avenue Branch also has several new video games that will help you get in shape! Here are some of our newest games for the Wii, Xbox 360 Kinect, and PlayStation Move that will keep the whole family active:
Zumba Fitness and Zumba Fitness 2
Wii Fit Plus
Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout
Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum
My Fitness Coach
Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports 2
The Biggest Loser Challenge
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout
Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure
Get Fit with Mel B
The Davenport Public Library is pleased to announce a new way to download eAudiobooks to your mobile device through Recorded Books One Click digital.
Visit our website and click on “Downloadable eAudiobooks and eBooks” on the left side of the page, which will lead you to Recorded Books One Click digital.
Recorded Books One Click digital offers hundreds of titles that can be downloaded to a computer or transferred to a listening device and all the titles are iPod compatible. Begin by creating an account with your Davenport library card number and you are ready to start listening.
There are a number of variables that can screw up the wi-fi transmission in your house: overall distance, changes between levels, idiosyncrasies between hardware manufacturers, or maddening and unpredictable interference in the walls. If your supposedly “plug-and-play” router is more like hours of “trial and-error” maybe this DIY extender from Discovery Channel is just the ticket. What else are you going to do, use the internet in one set location like it was 2001?
We can only assume the parabolic setup is the same as the increased strength sound is given by the folks on the NFL sidelines holding parabolic dishes.
I’d add onto the list of ingredients a little masking tape to blunt the edge of the razor sharp aluminum, because, well, you’ve got enough problems with wireless without an emergency room trip, right?
NOTE: We don’t know if this works, it just looked interesting. Please consider these tips, which include a tinfoil parabola.
It is finally here – our library’s eBooks are now available for Kindle users through WILBOR! It’s really easy to use- just log onto Wilbor with your Davenport Public Library card and start searching for eBooks. Simply choose the Kindle version of the book you would like and after you complete the checkout process you will be transferred straight to Amazon. Log in to your Amazon account, choose where you would like the book delivered and the next time you connect to a wi-fi network – voilà – your eBook will be waiting for you.
For additional information, visit the WILBOR site for tips, tutorials and frequently asked questions or please contact the Reference Department at the Davenport Public Library.