Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Portage Lake District Library invites all to Open House May 25

HOUGHTON -- The community is invited to an Open House at the Portage Lake District Library beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25.  It’s an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening in the library as well as learn about the library’s downloadable audio books and eBooks.

Step-by-step lessons will be given by library staff on how to download books onto a PC or Mac computer as well as how to download books to a Kindle, iPod, Nook, Sony Reader and other compatible devices. People will discover that this is easy to do, there are no late fees, and it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This video clip shows a sample demonstration of how to download books from the library's digital collection to a Kindle for rental:

David Karnosky, Portage Library page and Web Site coordinator, shows library patron Shirley Galbraith of Houghton how to download a book from the library's digital collection to a Kindle. Portage Library Director Shawn Leche observes the procedure. (Video by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now)

Shawn Leche, Portage Lake District Library director, is excited about the library's new technology for digital rentals from the library's electronic collection of approximately 1600 books. He said he looks forward to the Open House this Friday, during which visitors will be able to download audio books and eBooks from the collection, which is found under Great Lakes Digital Library on the library's catalog. So bring your laptop, Kindle, iPod or other reader to the Open House and try it.

When you attend the Open House, be sure to notice "Mind Waves," these acrylic paintings by Bethany Stevens, on display through May 31 at the Portage Library. The paintings are inspired by the artist's meditation practice. "Mind waves are metaphors for thoughts that distract us from being in the present moment," Stevens states. The exhibit, just opposite the circulation desk, is a collaboration between the library and the Copper Country Community Arts Center. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Refreshments will be catered by Illa Garver and Jeannine Blough, and everyone is welcome.

For more information, you may call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

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