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OverDrive Listen is now live!

From Overdrive: We are excited to announce a new listening option for audiobooks, called OverDrive Listen, is now available for your audiobook collection! Similar to OverDrive Read for eBooks, OverDrive Listen offers the same ease of use; simply browse, borrow, and listen right in your browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser. Using OverDrive Listen, you can add bookmarks, take notes, or make highlights. This additional listening option has been automatically added to MP3 audiobooks in your digital collection (where publisher permits) at no additional cost. There is no action required on your part. Capture

Overdrive – Scheduled Maintenance Notification

This message is to tell you of this month's upcoming maintenance window on Thursday, May 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 AM US Eastern Time. During this time, our OverDrive-powered website will be intermittently unavailable and you will not be able to download titles. A message will be posted at our digital library website to notify you of potential issues.

The Zeiterion and Libraries: Partners in the Arts

The Zeiterion Theatre (The Z) announces a discounted ticket program for all patrons of south coast area libraries.  Anyone with a SAILS Library Network card may present the card at The Z’s box office to receive a $3 discount on each ticket to a Zeiterion performance. Some exceptions apply. From time to time special additional discounts will be offered to SAILS members and will be announced by press release. For a full list of performances, visit www.zeiterion.org.

There is a limit of two tickets per card holder and the patron must purchase the ticket at the box office located at 684 Purchase St., New Bedford. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 508-994-2900. Phone order tickets will be held at the box office and released to the patron with the presentation of their SAILS card. Tickets will not be available at the local libraries.

To kick off the partnership The Z is offering a $3 discount to the following shows with no limit on the number of tickets that a SAILS members would like to purchase:

ISABELLA ROSSELLINI
Saturday, May 2, 8:00pm

THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY
Sunday May 3, 2:00 pm

BLACK VIOLIN
Friday, May 29, 8:00pm

The SAILS Library Network includes over 70 libraries from Wareham to Seekonk and Brockton, and every town in between, including New Bedford and Fall River.  The Zeiterion’s ticket discount program adds to the museum pass program already offered by libraries.  Library cards are free to all with proper identification at all Massachusetts libraries.

Stop by your local library for a Zeiterion schedule of events or visit the Z’s website at www.zeiterion.org.

Mobile Catalog

A new feature we introduced recently in Enterprise is an automatic mobile version of the site. This is called a responsive design, meaning the website will detect the size screen you're on and adjust what you see. This is great for mobile phones and other smaller devices. If you don't want this view, which is limited to simple searches, placing holds, managing your account, etc., there is a link at the bottom of the  site to a full version of the site. Click on that link and you'll get the "normal" version!

Enterprise features to see

On Monday, January 5th, we'll be updating Enterprise with several new features. Here is a webinar of the upcoming changes, so you can become familiar with them:
  • The "Library Information" link at the top of the page will say “Forgot your PIN” and will be brighter and bolder looking. This is a global setting and can't be shown on the test site.
  • In place of the current "Forgot your PIN" link, we added a graphic & link to the Enterprise page featuring BookLetters' new book alert sign-up.
  • In the same area, we added a link / graphic to more prominently show off Omeka, our Digital History collections
  • Search results page - Book ♥ Tools!  button sends you to the item details page where we have a bunch of great, added content for book lovers!
  • Item details page:
    • "staff view” button - when clicked, a window opens with the full marc record.
    • "Add to GoodReads" button - takes the ISBN in the record and passes it along to the GoodReads site. If you have a GoodReads account, you can log in and add the book to your bookshelf!
  • Responsive Catalog - This will recognize when you're using a mobile or small screen device and provide you with a mobile version. You will have the option to view the non-mobile version by clicking on a link ("view full site") at the bottom of the page.

TumbleBooks Library – e-Books for e-Kids!

TumblePremium is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Math Stories, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), Videos (from National Geographics), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books and Tumble Puzzles & Games. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books, licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format. TumbleMobile: You can also access TP via any reading/mobile device that has an internet connection (for example: color nook, kindle fire, Ipads & Ipod touch).