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Find the Library At Your Place!

Every year, in the third week of April, we in library land invite you to celebrate National Library Week with us.   The novel coronavirus has caused libraries to close their physical buildings on the recommendation of public health officials and the American Library Association (ALA), but we remain open for business online and continue to support our communities with resources, services and programs.

The Nevins Library has continued our services with an active social media feed (you can follow us on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest); free online access to e-books, audio, and magazines through Libby (Overdrive) and free downloadable music from Freegal.   Some of the new databases we’ve added into our arsenal of resources you can access from home are:  Miss Humblebee’s Academy, an interactive kindergarten-readiness program; High School (Gale In Context)  to support student learning, papers, projects, and presentations; Ancestry From Home, perfect for anyone doing genealogy research; and now at-home access to The New York Times newspaper.

Don’t know what to read?  Try our “What Should I Read Next?” readers’ advisory service or check out our A Book A Day Tumblr for suggestions.  For browse-able collections, look through Libby (ebook and eaudio)NovelistPlus (fiction and nonfiction), the Audio Book Cloud (available through August 31, 2020), and the Romance Book Cloud for those addictive, steamy romances.

For the kiddos, our delightful children’s crew have put together some fun virtual storytimes.  So kids and parents, please continue to sing and read along with us!

If you don’t already have a library card and would like to access these resources, please contact Circulation Services and they will create a temporary card for you.

Thank you to all our library supporters!  We can’t wait to see you again and welcome you back to our physical building.  Until then, continue to use all of our virtual resources and stay in touch!

 

 


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You Can Now Get Overdrive All Over Massachusetts

Great news! Overdrive, the library e-lending platform that brings books, magazines, and audiobooks to your mobile device, is now available throughout the state of Massachusetts. All libraries and their patrons now receive this fantastic service. Everything you’ve ever wanted out of an electronic book lending service is available now:

  • Fine-free automatic returns
  • Streaming audio capability
  • Compatibility with iOS, Android, and Kindle
  • Libby, an updated, user-friendly mobile app that makes using Overdrive a breeze

Better yet, the libraries of Massachusetts that already had Overdrive have merged their subscriptions. That means that the entire state enjoys the same pool of books and audiobooks. The only difference is that this pool is now huge. A patron with an MVLC library card can borrow books from the Boston Public Library’s digital collection. Someone with a library card from Provincetown can borrow a digital e-book owned by MVLC. All you have to do is choose your library consortium and log in.

Download the Libby app onto your Android or iOS device and try it for yourself! If you use a Kindle, download the Overdrive app or log onto Overdrive’s website through your computer’s Internet browser. Now is the time to enjoy a bigger, better range of e-books than ever before.

If you ever have trouble using Overdrive, the library is available to help. Just call us at (978)686-4080 or email a librarian to learn how to use this amazing service.

Here’s a complete list of the digital libraries to which Massachusetts residents now have free access:

Boston Public Library

CLAMS

CW MARS

Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

Minuteman Library Consortium

North of Boston Library Exchange

Old Colony Library Network

SAILS Library Network

 


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E-Magazine Palooza!

This  is your chance to bring all of your favorite magazines to the beach without getting them wet or sandy.  Right now, you can now access e-magazines through two different sources:  Overdrive/Libby and Flipster.

50 popular magazine titles, such as O: The Oprah Magazine, ESPN, and Newsweek, were recently added to Overdrive/Libby. Titles are available to download alongside the ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video already found in our OverDrive collection.  As a simultaneous use collection, these magazines can be downloaded and read right away.  There are no wait lists or holds and they do not count towards checkout limits.  Just like an ebook or eaudiobook, they can be taken out for up to 21 days. You can search by title or through the magazine collection category.  Try it and see if they have your favorite magazine!

And remember, if Overdrive doesn’t have the magazine you would like to peruse, try Flipster.   With Flipster you can view a variety of magazines through your device (including Apple and Android tablets, desktop computers, and smart phones).  Just download the app, log in with your Nevins library card and browse away!  The magazines are just as vibrant as if they were in print.  You can even download these onto your device for later offline reading (for the beach, say).

So, put on that sunscreen and get ready to breezily “flip” through the pages of all those fab magazines downloaded on your smartphone.

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