Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Libby: Borrow and Return an E-book

Welcome back to our Libby tutorial!

This week, we're exploring Libby and learning how to check out and return an e-book through the Libby app.  Libby works with Tennessee READS (which you can learn more about here) and follows many of the same steps to borrow a book, but, now, it's even easier.

Once you have logged into your Tennessee READS account through the Libby app (see our previous blog post here for more information), you can now search for a book using the magnifying glass at the top of the page or simply explore Libby.


We decided to do some exploring and we found a section labeled "Middle Earth Book Shelf" with books by J.R.R. Tolkien and a wonderful set of read-alikes.  We decided to check out The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien.


Each book will have the option to "Borrow," "Read Sample," or "Tag."  To borrow a book, you'll simply click "Borrow" beside the book image.  Once you've selected your book, you'll be redirected to a new page.  This page will tell you more about the book and, near the bottom of the page, you'll see an indicator that shows the number of loans and holds you currently have on your account.


Next, you'll click the red "Borrow!" button at the bottom of the page.  The book will be automatically added to your shelf and downloaded to your device.  You can read the book immediately by clicking "Open Book" or you can keep browsing, or return to your book shelf.


If you've finished your book or if you decide it's just not the book for you, you can return your borrowed e-book early by going to your shelf and clicking the little blue square beside the book's due date.  This will open a drop down menu with new options.


Next, click "Return Early."


This will redirect you to a new page to confirm your return.  To finish returning your book, simply click the red "Return!" button at the bottom of the page. You'll receive a confirmation you have returned your book and then you're free to browse for your next title!


For more information on Tennessee READS and Libby, check out the Libby help desk at https://help.libbyapp.com/index.htm.  You can also visit the Jones Creativity Center during their open lab hours for one-on-one assistance or free workshops.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Library Closing: Memorial Day


The Bristol Public Library and the Avoca Branch Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27.  We will resume our regular hours of operation on Tuesday, May 28.  For more information on our upcoming schedule changes, please contact the library at 276-645-8780.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Libby: Sign up/Log in

Welcome to our Libby tutorial!

This month, we're offering a special tutorial on one of our newest online reading applications:  Libby.  Created by the makers of Overdrive, Libby is an intuitive reading app for your phone or other mobile devices.  It's a wonderful resource for first-time e-book and tablet users and new members to the Tennessee READS community.

It's quick and easy to set up and, more importantly, it's much easier to use.  Although it works like the Overdrive app and Tennessee READS (which you can learn about here), it has some helpful features that allow for easier access and provide users with a more comfortable reading experience.  It also downloads your checkouts automatically, which means you can read on the go!


To get started, simply download Libby from the app store.  Libby is compatible with Apple and Android devices, as well as computers with Windows 10 and up.  (Libby is available on Kindle devices; however, it may require a special setup.  To learn more, visit the Libby help page.)  Once the app is downloaded, click the Libby icon to run the application.

For our new account, we decided to use an Android cell phone.  We found our Libby app through the Google Play store.


When you open Libby for the first time, you'll be asked a series of questions.  Select the most appropriate answers for you and follow the prompts to set up your account.  First, you'll be asked if you have a library card.  If the answer is yes, click "Yes" and continue to the next screen.


Next, you'll either copy your card across from another device, search for your library (if you know the name), or ask Libby to guess your library.  When we set up our account, we decided to let Libby guess our library.


Libby can predict your closest online library network by using your device's location.  In this case, it selected Tennessee READS for the Holston River Region.  If this is your library, you'll click "This is my library."  However, if Libby has guessed wrong, simply keep looking by typing in your nearest library and searching other options available.


Next, you'll choose your location.  We selected the "Bristol Public Library" from the alphabetical drop down list; however, please select the best library for your library card.


Once you have selected your library, simply enter your library card number (which you can find on the back of your BPL library card, right beneath the barcode) and click "Sign In."


Next, Libby will show your linked card.  From here, you can rename your card for easier access (especially if you use multiple accounts through Libby).  Once you are signed into your account, simply click "Next" to reach Tennessee READS and your Libby bookshelf.


And, viola!  You now have access to your Libby account.  You should remain signed in to your account after your first log in.


For more information about Libby and Tennessee READS, visit the official "Meet Libby" webpage at https://meet.libbyapp.com/.  You can also visit the Jones Creativity Center at the Bristol Public Library for one-on-one assistance or free workshops.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Newsletter & Calendars: May 2019


May has arrived and summer is on the horizon!  This month, we're looking forward to offering new classes, events, and programs, while also planning for Summer Reading in June.


As always, we have brand new flyers, calendars, and newsletters to share with our patrons.  For our adults, we have lots of fun crafts planned for May:  we're creating Mother's Day Shadow Boxes on May 2, fashioning book bouquets with recycled materials on May 7, and painting succulents and cacti on May 25.  We're also playing bingo on May 17 and exploring new facets of genealogy on May 24, as well as watching movies on May 4 (The Boy and the Beast), May 8 (Blazing the Western Trail), and May 30 (Top Hat).


The Friends of the Bristol Public Library will meet on Monday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss their upcoming book sale from June 7 to June 9.  They will be sorting and processing books, volunteering for book sale shifts, and planning out the book sale.  They are always excited to have volunteers and visitors, so if you are interested in helping out with the book sale, please feel free to drop in during their monthly meeting.

Additionally, if you are interested in joining the BPL FOL, please make sure to fill out an application form by visiting the Bristol Public Library or complete a copy of the application online by visiting:  https://forms.gle/vHRLxbpauvAR6mWY8.  As an added bonus, new members who join by or on June 6, will have the chance to enjoy the Friends Only Book Sale from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on June 6.  The membership fee for the BPL FOL is only $10 for the entire year!

For more information about the Friends of the Bristol Public Library, feel free to reach out to the library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org or the BPL FOL at FriendsoftheBristolLibrary@gmail.com.

The teens and tweens also have some wonderful new events planned for May.  This month, the teens will be celebrating Star Wars during their Fandom Saturday on May 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. by playing games, participating in Nerf battles, designing lightsabers, and more.  The D&D Guild will also continue to meet on May 2 and May 16.  (Registration is required to join the guild, so please contact Ms. Jaden at 276-821-6192 or jaden@bristol-library.org.)


The Gaming Club will be playing Rocket League, Pokken Tournament, Minecraft, The Wonderful 101, and Super Smash Bros, while the Teen Book Club will pick up Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram and the Tweens will read The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau.  Special events include "Minecraft Madness" on May 15, movie nights on May 20 (Pan) and May 22 (Sherlock Holmes), and board games on May 29.

The Children's Department will be especially busy during May as they prepare for their Scholastic Book Fair, starting on May 20, and their Summer Reading Program, which begins on June 3.  Storytime, as always, will be held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  They will also be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, during Children's Book Week (April 29 to May 5) and decorating spaceships for Summer Reading on May 8 and May 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information about upcoming children's events and the Summer Reading Program, please contact the Children's Department at 276-821-6153.

During May, the Avoca Branch Library will have storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and the Kids' Classic Book Club with Charlotte's Web by E.B. White on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.  A special "Game Hour" will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, so make sure to drop in and enjoy an afternoon of free, family-friendly gaming.  For more information, please contact the Avoca Branch at 423-968-9663.

The Jones Creativity Center is very excited to be offering a brand new PC Class on social media and using Instagram.  Interested students will receive step-by-step instructions on how to set up an Instagram account and learn the basics of using Instagram, including how to upload and edit pictures, how to add “stories,” and how to edit your profile.  No registration is required.  To join, simply visit the Bristol Public Library on May 9 at 5:30 p.m. or the Avoca Branch Library on May 16 at 2:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact the JCC at 276-645-8790.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Poetry Reading TODAY!

Don't forget, Dr. Thomas Alan Holmes will be at the library today with the Poetry Society of Tennessee for a public Poetry Reading!  It starts at 2:00 p.m. today in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting room upstairs.  No registration is required, and drop-ins are welcome.