The Digital Bookmobile National Tour is making a stop at the Evanston Public Library from 1 to 7 p.m. on June 12 in the parking lot directly east of the Library. Traveling coast to coast, the mobile exhibit will provide an interactive experience for readers of all ages to explore eBooks and audiobooks available at the Library. In this high-tech bookmobile, visitors can learn how to borrow digital books, stop at the Gadget Gallery to explore a variety of devices, talk with eReading experts and much more. Tours are free and open to the community.
“This is a great opportunity for Evanston’s readers to explore the world of eBooks, learn more about what is available to them through the library, and get their questions answered,” said Library Director Karen Danczak Lyons.
Library statistics show that readers checked out more than 86,000 digital items in 2016. The total number of circulated items was 1,080,109.
The 42-foot long Digital Bookmobile is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, free Wi-Fi connection, touchscreen monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which will help visitors explore Evanston Public Library’s digital collections. In the Gadget Gallery, readers can explore all popular devices including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Chromebook, and Kindle. Interactive learning stations encourage visitors to search the library’s digital media collection and go through the borrowing process. Beginners can get a one-on-one tutorial from technical experts.
Library readers can take advantage of the featured services to borrow eBooks and audiobooks for free, 24/7 with no late fees, on the library’s website or use the OverDrive app to read or listen right in the browser. A valid library card enables readers to explore the extensive digital catalog featuring bestselling authors, new releases, classic titles, and more. Whether listening to an audiobook or indulging in an eBook, titles will automatically expire and return to the library’s digital collection at the end of the lending period.