Sunset library to host digital bookmobile

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Digital Bookmobile, a 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer that provides community outreach for public libraries to promote downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music and video, will pay a visit to Chandler Sunset Library later this month.

The high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served library patrons for decades will visit the local library from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.
The Sunset branch is hosting the program to help promote the digital media collection and free download services offered through all four Chandler libraries.

The Sunset branch is at 4930 W. Ray Road, just east of Rural Road.
The super-sized bookmobile tours the country to help promote “virtual branch libraries,” which are growing in popularity as more customers learn about the service, according to Kris Sherman, Chandler’s assistant library manager for public services.

The digital library on wheels is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems and a variety of portable media players.

Interactive computer stations give visitors an opportunity to search the digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video from the library, according to Sherman. Chandler library staff will be on hand to answer questions.
Thousands of audio books, eBooks, music and video titles are available free to holders of Chandler library through the Greater Phoenix Digital Library.

Patrons can download items from their home or personal computers to a variety of devices and supported portable players.

In addition, customers will never accrue late fees with digital books, Sherman noted. At the end of the digital-book loan period, the title will expire and be automatically “returned” to the library. More information on these services is available online at http://overdrive.phoenixpubliclibrary.org.
The Digital Bookmobile and the technology and software that supports the Greater Phoenix Digital Library is provided by OverDrive, a leading full-service digital distributor.

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