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NextReads

Posted by eileen on June 29, 2012

Don’t have the time to spend perusing the book shelves for that perfect next read? Let the experts choose for you! Kids, tweens, teens, and adults can all enjoy the convenience of the library’s free NextReads service. Just subscribe online, and soon you’ll be receiving great reading lists delivered right to your email inbox!

Every newsletter comes with suggestions of recently released titles as well as recommendations of older books grouped by theme or author. For example, the Mystery newsletter has included readalikes for Marcia Muller and the thematic section of Armchair Travel has focused on Italy.

Because every newsletter includes links directly to the library’s catalog, you can be at home in your slippers or taking a lunch break at the office while placing holds on the books you want!

Finding an eBook to Read

Posted by dawn on January 17, 2011

eMediaLibrary

Seems like every ebook on eMediaLibrary that you want to read is already checked out, doesn’t it?  It may be easier to look through a list of what’s available for checkout rather than search for every author and title you can think of.  Here’s how you can do that.

  • First, click on My Digital Account and log in.  There are ebooks available only to WPL cardholders and you want to let eMediaLibrary know you have a Wheaton card.
  • Click on Advanced Search.  You’ll find the link under the search box on the left side.
  • Select the Format: Adobe EPUB Book
  • Check the box toward the bottom of the screen that says only show titles with copies available
  • Click the Search button

You’ll see a list of eBook titles available for checkout.  You can do the same search for any material type, subject, author, etc.

About Holds – please place your hold on an ebook that you would like to read even if it looks like you might have to wait months to get it.  The library purchases ebooks for WPL cardholders and purchasing decisions are based on holds.  If we purchase the title with your hold you move to the top of the list!  Books that the library purchases are for WPL cardholders only.  They are not considered part of the consortium and cannot be checked out by someone from another library.

eMediaLibrary eBooks

Posted by eileen on December 9, 2010

Wheaton Public Library recently became a member of eMediaLibrary.  This means WPL cardholders can now download free eBooks that can be transferred to an eBook Reader.  You need your WPL card number and PIN to checkout an eBook.

Not all readers are compatible with OverDrive (which powers eMediaLibrary).  This is because OverDrive uses DRM-protected Adobe EPUB and PDF eBooks.  To see a list of compatible eReaders, go to OverDrive’s Compatible eBook Devices list.  This list only includes devices OverDrive has tested, so some compatible models may not be listed yet.

In order to use eMediaLibrary for eBooks, you need to set up an Adobe ID.  See eMediaLibrary’s Adobe Digital Editions page for instructions.  Even if you are going to download eBooks straight from your phone, it will still prompt you to enter an Adobe ID.

More information (than you ever wanted…):

WPL’s eMediaLibrary Help Page

Comparison of eBook Readers

Comparison of eBook Formats

The Digital Reader – blog about all things eBook related

eBooks, Filetype, and DRM – a partial explanation of why not all Readers work with OverDrive

Using the OverDrive Media Console on your iPhone for Audiobooks

Posted by eileen on November 3, 2010

WPL is now part of eMediaLibrary, which allows WPL cardholders to download eBooks and audiobooks.  Here are directions for downloading audiobooks to your smart phone.  For more information about eMediaLibrary’s offerings, go to http://wheatonlibrary.org/ereads.html.

Note: These directions were created using an iPhone.  However, other smart phones use a very similar process, so the directions should be helpful, even if you have a different smart phone.

The first step is to download the OverDrive Media Console app, by going to the App Store on your phone.  Search for OverDrive Media Console and install the app.

Exit the app and open Safari (or your phone’s browser).  Go to emedialibrary.lib.overdrive.com (it automatically takes you to the mobile site) and click Search at the top.

You can search for a specific title or scroll down to view all audiobooks.  Note: If using Android, Blackberry, or iPhone, you can only download MP3 audiobooks, so it would make sense to limit to OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks.  Windows Mobile devices can download MP3 AND WMA audiobooks.  Update (12/7/10): With the OverDrive Media Console app 2.0, you can now download many eBooks to your Android device/phone or your iPhone.

Once you get your search results, books available for download will say Add to Digital Basket on the right.  Books that are already checked out will say Place a Hold.  If you place a hold, you will be notified via email when the book is available.  Therefore, you must enter a valid email address to place a hold.  It prompts you to do so.

After clicking Add to Digital Basket, you have the options to Continue Browsing or Proceed to Checkout.  Assuming you Proceed to Checkout, you must choose your library; in this case, Wheaton Public Library.  Then enter your WPL card number and PIN.  If you need to create a PIN, follow the instructions on the right side of this page.

Agree to the Terms of Service by clicking Yes and then click Confirm Checkout.  This takes you to the audiobook you’ve checked out and you can click Download.

The OverDrive Media Console app opens and you’ll see your audiobook.  After clicking on the book, it prompts you to download the “parts” of the book.  Click Yes and then choose if you’d like to download all parts immediately or just some.

Aaaaaaannnnnnddddddddd… you’re finished!  Enjoy your audiobook.

More information: WPL’s info site about eMediaLibrary

WMA vs. MP3

Troubleshooting for MP3 downloads from OverDrive

Questions about eMediaLibrary?  Email ereads@wheatonlibrary.org or post your question on our Facebook page!

FREE Computer Classes

Posted by eileen on July 1, 2010

WPL offers a variety of free introductory computer classes each month.  Looking for jobs that require a basic understanding of Microsoft Office?  Let us help you!  Sign up for a free class today!  In July the classes are held in the evenings.  To register, go to our online Event Calendar or call the Checkout Desk at 630-868-7505.

Note: All WPL classes are taught using Microsoft Office 2007.

Internet Searching and Introduction to Online Databases
Do you have problems finding what you’re looking for on the Internet? Do you always get millions of results on Google and Yahoo!? In this class, learn about making your searches more specific, to get more relevant results, as well as searching some of the library’s subscription databases to find pertinent information.
Meets in the Computer Classroom, 2nd Floor.
Typing and basic computer skills, especially using a keyboard and mouse, and experience using Internet Explorer are required.

Microsoft Word I
Microsoft Word is not just for writing reports anymore! Learn how to cut, copy, paste, format a Word document, and much much more! This class is perfect for those who are new to word processing. It is also recommended for those who are interested in learning the new layout of the 2007 version.
Meets in the Computer Classroom, 2nd Floor.
Typing and basic keyboarding skills are required.

Microsoft Word II
Turn a boring letter into a work of art! Learn to add pictures, WordArt, columns, and even create your own bullet points. This class is recommended for those who would like to have more than a basic understanding of Microsoft Word. It is also helpful to those who are interested in learning the new features of the 2007 version.
Meets in the Computer Classroom, 2nd Floor.
Basic word processing skills, such as highlighting, and an understanding of the concepts taught in Word I are required.

Mail Merge
We are surrounded by the products of mail merges every day without even realizing it! Almost every mass mailing is created by a mail merge. However, it can also be used on a less massive scale. Learn to turn a list of names and addresses into a sheet of mailing labels, thank you letters, and many other things! This class is great for those who want to learn this time-saving skill, as well as those who would like a review.
Meets in the Computer Classroom, 2nd Floor.
Typing, basic keyboarding skills and experience using Microsoft Word are required. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel is helpful.

Microsoft Excel
Don’t waste time figuring out things by hand! Learn the basics of this incredibly versatile spreadsheet program, such as entering data into cells, formatting, and creating charts. We will also cover basic functions (like finding the sum of a column of numbers) and sorting (like putting a list in alphabetical order).
Meets in the Computer Classroom, 2nd Floor.
Typing and basic keyboarding skills are required.

Microsoft PowerPoint
Need to create a wedding or family slide show? A speech or presentation for school or church? PowerPoint can help and we can help you learn PowerPoint! Learn how to use different slide layouts, transitions, animations, links, and photos in this amazing program.
Meets in the Computer Classroom, 2nd Floor.
Typing and basic keyboarding skills are required.

Got an iPhone? Check out the AML app!

Posted by eileen on January 29, 2010

If you need to do some research and can’t make it to the library,  WPL is proud to announce we can now bring the library to you – whether you are in the doctor’s office, at your kitchen table or under the hood of your car.

By taking advantage of the Gale AccessMyLibrary (AML) mobile application for the iPhone, research is as simple as an Internet search on a mobile phone.  Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has developed an iPhone application allowing you to access library information wherever you are.  This service helps people retrieve quick, authoritative answers — while raising awareness about the rich resources available in the library.

The AML app finds your global position and locates libraries within a ten mile radius, giving you access to electronic resources at any time.  With AccessMyLibrary, the iPhone becomes a valuable research tool.  The iPhone application is free and the content has been paid for by the library being accessed, bringing a library’s electronic collection of Gale resources to you wherever you are.

If you are within ten miles of WPL, you can connect to our Gale resources:

  • General OneFile – A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
  • Biography Resource Center – This database integrates award-winning biographies from respected Gale sources with related full-text articles from hundreds of magazines and newspapers, as well as tens of thousands of images and links to vetted websites. Search for people—both current and historic from all eras and fields of endeavor—based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text. Or, combine search criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.
  • Gale LegalForms – Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen’s language.

The Gale iPhone application can be downloaded at the iTunes store today or by visiting http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/.

Not sure why you should use a database instead of a website?  Check this out: http://www.wheatonlibrary.org/refdb/main_dbvsweb.html.

Make Mailings a Little Easier This Year

Posted by eileen on December 9, 2009

Tired of hand-writing your envelopes?  Sick of typing twelve different end-of-year letters for various friends and family?  Using a mail merge can help with these problems!  All you need is Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and a printer.  Simply type your names and addresses into an Excel sheet and then quickly pull them into Word to create envelopes, labels, letters, or any other type of document!  See the library’s handouts for step-by-step instructions:

Mail Merges in Office 2007

Mail Merges in Office 2003 and older versions

Need more help?  Microsoft Office Online offers free tutorials!

Mail Merge I: Use Mail Merge for Mass Mailings

Mail Merge II: Use the Ribbon and Perform a Complex Mail Merge

The library also offers a free Mail Merge class each month (except December).  Check the Computer Classes page for the current class schedule.

Staying Safe Online

Posted by eileen on November 17, 2009

Just a friendly reminder that Cyber Safety should ALWAYS be a priority!  According to Wikipedia, “phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”  You faithful Info@WPL readers probably remember my post earlier this year, Email Scams.  I posted an example of one the phishing scams I have received in my email.

If you are unsure of how to recognize a phishing scam, check out FAQ: Recognizing Phishing Scams from CNET News and Microsoft’s How to Recognize Phishing Emails or Links.  Another great source for online safety information is the National Cyber Security Alliance.  If you receive an email from someone claiming to be the IRS, check out How to Report and Identify Phishing, E-mail Scams and Bogus IRS Web Sites.

Scammers often target social networking sites, like Facebook.  To keep yourself safe on Facebook, become a fan of Facebook Security to receive security information in your News Feed.

New Flickr Photos!

Posted by eileen on July 17, 2009

Check out all kinds of great Summer Reading Program photos on our Flickr page.  Want to see more pictures from library events?  Leave a comment and let us know what you’d like to see!

This picture is from the Lewis and Clark program by Face to Face Productions.  There are many more great Children’s events coming up!  See all the events on the Wheaton Public Library Facebook Page!

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Brush up on your computer skills!

Posted by eileen on July 8, 2009

There are many free opportunities to expand your computer knowledge.  Some you can do right from the comfort of your home computer!  If you don’t have a computer or don’t have a reliable Internet connection, come and use one of WPL’s computers instead.

Many companies offer free online tutorials.  For example, HP’s Learning Center has free online classes in Photoshop, Word, Excel, and much more!  There are also many free tutorials available from Microsoft Office Online.

Check out WPL’s Computer Classes page for more links and information about upcoming free classes at WPL.  If you have basic computer questions, come to our New Computer User Drop-in time on the third Thursday of each month from 11am-12:30pm in the 2nd Floor Classroom.