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What we do…

Libraries are that government entity we sometimes forget exists. No, we’re not a flashy group of people. We’re just here for you when you need us – librarians trying to anticipate your growing needs. We purchase the books you will want to read, the movies you will want to watch, the music you may want to listen to. We have Kindles and eReaders  for you to use, and a staff person who can answers your questions and teach you how you use it. We have discounted passes to nine local museums like the New England Aquarium, Boston Museum of Science, and Zoo New England, (just to name three) – because we understand that otherwise, some in our community would never have a chance to experience the joy of discovery! We have computers for the community, because we understand not everyone can afford a computer and an internet connection. We are your connection to the world – whether your world is watching funny videos on YouTube on our public computers, emailing friends and family, posting pictures on Facebook, or downloading eBooks, audiobooks  or music through our FREE services, OverDrive and Freegal.

Libraries are Community. We have long been a food drop-off location for the Dracut food pantry. In the winter, we are a coat drop-off location for the Middlesex Shelter. We offer a Home Bound Delivery program for Dracut residents who, due to illness or age, can not longer drive to our building. We try to help keep your children’s minds active. Our children’s summer reading program had over 650 children participating this year. Our various summer activities, i.e., performers, movies, crafts, drew close to 700 people – both adult and children!!! Of course, we don’t know how many people have used our library for study groups or tutoring. We know our quiet study rooms are booked and our tables are being used. Parents,teachers, tutors, and students know we will provide a quiet, safe location – a respite – and that’s good enough for us. That’s what we are here for.

It’s why we were not surprised by the work of the librarians in Ferguson, MO. during the recent riots. I’m sure they were surprised that what they do everyday has suddenly received national recognition http://goo.gl/x34VWk or http://7shores.sharedby.co/QE5249 or http://goo.gl/HPLb17 We are proud of them – but not surprised by what they have been doing. Libraries, after all, are that forgotten government entity, quietly working behind the scenes in our communities. Here when you need us – and still here even when you don’t think you do (but really, you do!) If you haven’t visited us lately, you’ve been missing out on some great, free, community fun.  So I want to share with you some of the things we have planned  in the next couple of months (but always check our EventKeeper for a complete list and to register! http://goo.gl/muUYtx) And remember, we will always provide those quiet spaces for those who need it too!

September & October

  • Cake Decorating Demo & Tasting/Cake Pan Lending Launch Party
  • Knitting Connection (drop-in/open to all)
  • LEGO Club (for kids in grades K-5)
  • Bambinos (babies 1-11 months)
  • “The Fault in Our Stars” DVD release screening (Young Adult)
  • Meet the Chicken (meet a real chicken & make a craft)
  • Cribbage Club (all ages)
  • Adult Writer’s Program
  • Tiny Tea Party (children aged 2-5)
  • Busy Bee’s (ages 2-3)
  • Cosplay Day
  • Genealogy Programs
  • Old Fashioned Monster Movie Marathon!
  • The Delvena Theater Company Presents Jack the Ripper
  • Author Events
  • The Graveyard Girls (performance)
  • Halloween Party

Join our Community! You don’t know what you’ve been missing if you haven’t been visiting the library!

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Uses for Your Library Card

People always ask us what they can do with their library card.  So we thought we’d give you some ideas:

Take out books on knitting OR drop in to our weekly Knitting Club, every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm

Take out books on knitting
OR drop in to our weekly Knitting Club, every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm

Don't know what to make for dinner? We have a huge selection of cookbooks! We can even help you plan dessert...at least our books can.

Don’t know what to make for dinner? We have a huge selection of cookbooks! We can even help you plan dessert…at least our books can.

Train Daisy. Or Max. Or Scooter. We have books and DVD's to help you learn to be a better friend to your furry loved one!

Train Daisy. Or Max. Or Scooter. We have books and DVD’s to help you learn to be a better friend to your furry loved one!

Learn to garden. Just because it's fall doesn't mean there aren't things to do in the garden. And then there are the houseplants...

Learn to garden. Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do in the garden. And then there are the houseplants…

Join our YA Anime Club for ages 12-18!  Watch cool Anime and Geek Out!

Join our YA Anime Club for ages 12-18!
Watch cool Anime and Geek Out!

Watch a movie like "Hunger Games" or TV series like "Walking Dead"

Watch a movie like “Hunger Games”
or TV series like “Walking Dead”

Learn to meditate.  Or learn about a new culture or religion. You have the power in your Library card!

Learn to meditate.
Or learn about a new culture or religion.
You have the power in your Library card!

Take out a Museum Pass  Visit the Zoo, New England Aquarium, Butterfly Place, Boston Children's Museum...the fun is endless!

Take out a Museum Pass
Visit the Zoo, New England Aquarium, Butterfly Place, Boston Children’s Museum…the fun is endless!

Unlock Your Mind!!! Open Yourself to the World. Your Library Card is your key!

Unlock Your Mind!!!
Open Yourself to the World.
Your Library Card is your key!

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eBooks & beyond

We know what you’re looking for and we’re here to help! Did you get a Kindle, Nook or iPad? Maybe you just want to download some eAudiobooks for your iPod. Here are a couple of sites we recommend. First start here! Yes here at the library.

One-Click digital is a newly purchased resource for Dracut library card holders. It is an eAudiobook service that allows you to check out eAudiobooks from anywhere! We’ll be purchasing new material from Recorded Books on a regular basis, so the selections are always changing. What is so great about this service? It allows multiple users to listen to a book at the same time. Most people don’t realize that with other services like Overdrive, only one user at a time can use the material – which can translate to longer wait times.  We like One-Click and hope you will too!

Overdrive, available to all MVLC libraries, offers both eAudiobooks and ePublications. The plus side is that it offers ePublications not just eAudiobooks.  The downside is that you may have to go on the waiting list in order to get it. Overdrive only has a set number of copies available for use (yes, MVLC has to buy these copies!), so in the case of a wildly popular best seller, you may have a better chance of getting the actual hardcover book faster than the eAudio or ePub. If you’re not the impatient sort, then this won’t be a problem.  However, if you are technologically challenged, you may have trouble just getting started with Overdrive. If that’s the case, please call us – we don’t want you having a frustrating library experience!

It’s no surprise that publishers don’t like the idea of libraries buying an eBook and leading it to countless people free of charge. After all, publishers are in the business of selling books not giving them away. Project Gutenberg, founded in 1971 by Michael Hart,  is the oldest digital library in the world. It’s goal is to digitalized cultural works and make them available for distribution as eBooks. This is an amazing resource for everyone! From the Holy Bible to Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. It’s a wonderful resource and, with the help of volunteers digitizing works, is an ever-growing collection.

Know of any great eBook & eAudio sites we should know about? Please let us know – we’re always looking for resources to share!

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Shopping Reviews for eReaders

Our Reference staff would like to share some eBook reader reviews for those who may be planning on buying an eReader this holiday season.  Check out the following links: eReader Comparison or eBook Reader 2012 for on line reviews. Or come in and check out the December 2011 issue of Consumer Reports (the Reference Desk has an issue you can view if the others are already checked out) or the January 2011 issue of PC World which feature reviews and articles on eReaders. Looking for information on how to download free books from Overdrive? Check out our December 8, 2012 blog post here.

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Using Overdrive for your ePubs & Audiobooks

Are you getting an getting a Nook, Kindle or iPad for Christmas? Did you know that you can download material for free using your library card? Our Reference staff has put together a quick getting started guide on how to download material using Overdrive. Remember however, that prior to using your device, you must register it with your manufacture (i.e, set up an iTunes account for example if you are using an iPad), prior to attempting to download anything. If you do not have a library card, (Huh? You don’t have a library card?!) – well, you need to come and pay us a visit so we can get you started! If you do have your card and your device, use these quick tips to get started:

Go to www.dracutlibrary.org

From the tabs at the top:

Click on Books & Media

then

Click on Digital Downloads

Please remember that not all books are available in Audio or E-Book format. There are usually a limited number of copies available of each title and you may need to go on a waiting list just as you do with the print format. Once you are at the

Overdrive site 

          Go to  Help/Information section (in the column along the left side)

You will need to check to see if your device or the device you are planning on purchasing is compatible   The Quick Start link will answer many of your questions.

      You may need to download free software

The My Help button will take you through the process step-by-step

When searching for material to download, be sure you click on the correct format:

          Audiobooks or eBooks

          You can limit your search to currently available titles

If you have questions on how to use your device go to the appropriate website.  Most e-reader manufacturers have excellent information on their sites.  Of course, the library staff will assist you whenever possible.

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Overdrive!

Get your summer reading into Overdrive! Did you know, that with your library card, you are able to download ebooks, via Overdrive (MVLC Digital Downloads) at home for free? Compatible with eReaders as well as iPads, iPhone, iPods as well as your home PC – you can obtain a variety of titles anytime or anywhere! New to Overdrive? Click here for a step by step walk through to get you started!

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Free eBooks & Audiobooks!

Are you thinking about joining the eBook craze but don’t know what devices are compatible with Overdrive (the Library’s free eBook/Audiobook resource)? Before you purchase your device, check out this handy Overdrive Resource Guide Find out what devices are compatible with OverDrive, how to test your device for compatibility, even price out the cost of purchasing the device in a Google price search. Once you have your device, go to the getting started with Overdrive guide and begin to enjoy the benefits of your 24/7 online library! Let the down loading begin!

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