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Library challenges readers to try digital, offers holiday programs

Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:36 am

Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library is on a mission – get more people to try digital reading.

While the library has offered eBooks, digital audiobooks and streaming video to the community through their partnership with OverDrive for years, many people are still surprised to learn their library card gives them access to over 90,000 free digital titles.

Throughout the remainder of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest to encourage record-setting digital checkouts by the end of 2017. Libraries which increase loans of digital books will be eligible to win additional funds to buy more eBooks and audiobooks for their OverDrive collection.

“Digital books are very popular with our library users,” said Bernadette Roche, director of Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library. “During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, our users borrowed over 16,000 digital titles from the library through Tennessee R.E.A.D.S., the Regional eBook and Audiobook Download System (https://reads.overdrive.com/reads-fayetteville/content).

“We are pleased to continue this service to our community and encourage record check-outs during the ‘Digital Dash’ contest between now and the end of 2017. Digital check-outs are easy with Libby, the one-touch mobile app which enables users to borrow and use digital content, instantly, for free, using your mobile device. As always, this service is free and available 24/7/365 to registered library users of all ages. Parents will be glad to know that we have READS eReading Rooms for kids and teens on our OverDrive site.”

The library’s digital books are free for anyone with a valid library card. Current popular titles include The Whistler by John Grisham, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Rowling and Truly, Madly, Guilty by Moriarty. Users can borrow bestsellers and classic eBooks and digital audiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, Kindles and other eReaders, MP3 players, and computers.

Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library also offers a dedicated space for younger readers, with a variety of juvenile and young adult titles. There are never late fees with digital titles, as they return automatically at the end of the lending period.

Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting https://reads.overdrive.com or by downloading the user-friendly Libby app from their device’s app store.


Polar Express arrives

Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library is pleased to present its annual “Polar Express” party on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This popular event for all ages will feature Polar Express Story Time, fun activities including a photo-op on the Polar Express and holiday refreshments. Children are welcome to wear warm pajamas and bring their blankets. All are invited and admission is free.

Imagination Library will also host Elves Workshop on Nov. 11 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.; you won’t want to miss this fun event.

For more information, visit Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library at 306 Elk Avenue, call 931-433-3286, or visit the library’s web site at http://www.flclibrary.com/ or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/flclibrary/. Library hours are 9-6 on Monday and Wednesday, 9-8 on Tuesday and Thursday, 9-5 on Friday, and 9-4 on Saturday.