FAIRFIELD — The 21st century high-tech version of the bookmobile will be setting up shop at the Civic Center Library from 11 to 3 p.m. May 10.
The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile is crisscrossing the country in order to teach library patrons how to download electronic library books using the Overdrive application, or to introduce them to the various electronic reading devices available, including personal computers.
Visitors will have the ability to experiment with various electronic devices such as Kindles, Nooks, iPads, Android devices and Galaxys, in the Gadget Gallery, said Serena Enger, the supervising librarian at the Civic Center location.
“They can touch and try out the equipment so they can experience what it’s like to read or listen to a book on the device,” she said.
Visitors will be taught how to set up an account, use the application and access the books after downloading. Overdrive books are for all ages, children, teen and adults, Enger said.
A children’s activity table will also be set up.
“It will be kind of a festive day,” Enger said.
Joining the e-reader bandwagon doesn’t mean giving up traditional books. In fact, Enger said, “We’re definitely seeing our regular customers checking out traditional books and ebooks.”
“One doesn’t negate the other,” she said. “I think right now people enjoy both . . . .”
Each end of the age spectrum finds some appeal in the various e-readers; be it young children with the love of technological gadgetry or adults with its ability to enlarge the font and its portability aspect or its audio capability that attracts those who are visually impaired, Enger said.
“People find the ebooks a real convenience for travel,” she said. “They can load titles that they either purchased or borrowed from the library. They can enjoy (ebooks or audio books) wherever they are.”
This is the second time the Overdrive bookmobile has been to Solano County. It visited the John F. Kennedy branch in Vallejo last year.
The bookmobile most recently was in Las Vegas before heading to Bakersfield at the end of the month. Before it arrives in Fairfield, it will visit the Central Valley and the Bay Area before heading up to the Pacific Northwest.
Its website, http://digitalbookmobile.com, indicates that this year it will visit 48 states and four Canadian provinces.
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