Cross-Country Digital Bookmobile to Stop in York County

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The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile travels the country teaching readers how to access and enjoy their local library's digital content. (Courtesy York County)
The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile travels the country teaching readers how to access and enjoy their local library’s digital content. (Courtesy York County)

The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile National Tour is stopping at the Tabb Library on Friday to show readers how to take advantage of the library’s eBooks, audiobooks and other digital programs.

The Digital Bookmobile – housed in an 18-wheel tractor-trailer equipped with internet-connected computers, high-definition monitors, sound systems and portable media players – travels all across the country helping readers connect to the digital offerings at their local libraries.

Inside the vehicle there are multiple interactive learning stations where guests can search through the library’s digital media collection, which includes hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks.

Additionally, visitors can learn how to use supported mobile devices to meet their reading needs in The Gadget Gallery, which will include a Kindle Fire and Kindle Paperwhite, iPad Mini, Android Galaxy Tablet, NOOK HD+, Creative Zen and Windows Phone 8.

York County Public Library’s growing collection of eBook and audiobook titles offer several advantages over traditional books. Using an eReader device and their library card, patrons can check out bestselling, new release and classic titles, which can be read on mobile devices or from a computer.

eBook users also avoid late fees and damaged item fees, as access to digital content automatically expires at the end of the lending period.

In honor of the Digital Bookmobile’s visit to York County, the Tabb Library will host activities throughout the day. At 10:30 a.m., preschool age children and their parents can check out digital story time in the library’s meeting room, after which a prize drawing will be held for a kid-friendly eReader.

Every visitor who tours the Digital Bookmobile will also be entered into an hourly eReader prize drawing and will receive free ice cream from Riverwalk Landing’s Ben & Jerry’s.

Throughout the day library staff will be on hand to answer questions about digital resources and programs offered by the library and to facilitate interactive demonstrations.

“eBooks have proven to be a convenient, beneficial complement to traditional, physical books,” said Kevin Smith, York County Public Library director. “When physical books are not available or practical — such as when you’re on vacation or just can’t get to the library — eBooks offer a great alternative for instant access to reading.”

This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.