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ConsumerReports.org

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ConsumerReports.orgConsumerReports.org is one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products — and is freely available with your Troy Public Library card.

Access leading consumer product reviews online in each of the following categories:

    • appliances
    • automobiles
    • babies & kids
    • electronics
    • food
    • health
    • home & garden
    • money & personal finance

Frequently updated information enables you to make better purchasing decisions. Content includes product reviews, ratings, recommendations, and videos.

To access ConsumerReports.org click here. A Troy Library card is required.

Free Music Downloads

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freegal music logoDownload up to seven songs per week from the Sony music collection using Freegal Music, all you need is a valid Troy Public Library Card. All music can be transferred to your portable device. Freegal music has no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions, which means once you download the songs, they are yours to keep.

For instructions on using Freegal, download our brochure. There is an app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users, and an app for Android users. Or, click here and enter your Troy Library card number to start downloading all your favorite music.

• Over 7 Million songs from ten thousand labels including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.

• Tens-of-thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres.

• 5,000 music videos from popular artists.

• Easy-to-use website interface with no software to install.

• DRM-FREE, Mp3 files that can be played on ANY device (including iPods).

Mango Mobile

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Mango_mobile2Learn a language on the go! Access Mango Languages' more than 47 foreign language learning courses and 16 English language learning options on your mobile device. To get started, you need to first create an account on a desktop computer, then download the app on your Apple or Android device.

Chat with Food Network Author

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Keys to the KitchenThe Big Library Read – a “global book club” sponsored by the Troy Library’s ebook vendor, OverDrive – is back.

From February 17 to March 5, libraries will lend millions of the same ebook to patrons around the world, simultaneously, for free. This year’s big read ebook is Food Network and Cooking Channel star, Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen. During this time, Keys to the Kitchen will be available to download to your tablet, smartphone, or ereader without wait lists or holds.

Keys to the Kitchen is a cookbook by definition, but it is much more than simply directions to get from page to plate. Aida Mollenkamp provides helpful how-to information on everything from proper knife skills and finding the right ingredients to throwing a show-stopping cocktail party. It doesn’t just provide ideas on what to cook, but also walks the reader through how to cook.

In addition to providing her book for free, Aida will also be chatting on Facebook with readers on Wednesday, February 26, at 8 pm. To chat with Aida on Facebook, click this link on February 26 at 8 pm. Readers will have a chance to ask Aida about everything from her passion for discovering new flavors, her studies at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and much more.

Be sure to follow Aida’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and learn great kitchen tips and tricks from her weekly web series In the Pantry on Yahoo! Shine.

Download eBooks to Your Tablet

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smartphoneDo you own an iPad, Kindle Fire, tablet, or smartphone? Learn how to download ebooks from the Troy Public Library at one of the Library's All About eBooks workshops. In these sessions, participants will learn how to set up an account and download ebooks free of charge from the Library.

All About eBooks starts at 6:30 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room on February 13, and February 25

Click on the date above to register or call 248.524.3542. A Troy Public Library card is required to download ebooks, music, and magazines from the Library. This program is funded, in part, by the Friends of Troy Public Library.

eReader and Tablet Tips Tailored to You

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Kindle PaperwhiteThe Troy Public Library will hold free All about eBooks programs in January. These sessions are for Troy residents thinking about buying an ereader or tablet or for those who already own an ereader or tablet and would like to learn how to download ebooks, music, and magazines from the Library.

In these 90-minute sessions, participants will learn how to set up an account and download ebooks, music, and magazines free of charge from the Library. Sessions are device-specific. There are sessions for Kindle Touch users, for those who use non-Kindle ereaders, and for those who use iPads, tablets, Kindle Fires, and smartphones.

If you are new to ereaders and want to learn about various options, attend any of the sessions to see some of the more popular devices, courtesy of the Friends of Troy Public Library.

All about eBooks starts at 6:30pm on the following dates:

Kindle (non-Fire): January 7
Non-Kindle: January 9
iPad, tablet, Kindle Fire, smartphone: January 21

To register for All about eBooks, click the link above for the program date you would like to attend. You can also register by calling 248.524.3542. A Troy Public Library card is required to download ebooks, music, and magazines from the Library.

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