Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Come on in, the water's fine

For the last 8 months now, we have been offering a really fabulous service to our patrons: free audiobooks online. The service - called ListenAlaska - is provided by the same company that services the public libraries of New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, so this is top-flight stuff. It has taken a grant from the Alaska State Library, funding from the Friends of the Ketchikan Public Library, and the collected purchasing power of 13 Alaskan libraries to make this consortium system affordable, but it is worth it! We have been able to double the number of titles available to the people of Ketchikan, and these titles are available to you 24-7, even if you are traveling out of state. How cool is that?
But getting used to the system may seem a little daunting, especially since you have to download some software (it's free). So if you would like someone to walk you through the process, show you how to find books, see some cool shortcuts, and learn how to transfer your audiobook to a CD or mp3 player, then come to one of our Downloadable Tutorials. Tonight at 5:30 I will demonstrate how to use the ListenAlaska service and answer any questions you might have (well, not any - I don't know the capital of Botswana). More sessions will be held on September 11th and 25th, so mark your calendar and come see what all the hoopla is about.

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