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Microsoft Office Classes at the Library

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Need to improve your skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint? Register for computer classes at the Troy Public Library.

The Library has classes in Beginning and Intermediate Word, Beginning and Intermediate Excel, and Beginning PowerPoint. Registration for December classes opens on Monday, November 14, at 10 am.

Each month, the Library offers free, hands-on, public computer classes taught by Library staff. For more information, email the Technology Department, or phone 248.524.3542.

Library's eBooks Available for Kindle

Lauren Henderson - Posted on

Finally Kindle users can enjoy Troy Public Library's eBook collection through Overdrive.

Go the the Download eBooks, Audiobooks link on the left side of the Library's home page (under Library Links), click on OverDrive, and then on Library Books for Kindle. This will bring you to a list of titles available for Kindle. Check out the book using your Troy Library card, click on the Get for Kindle button, log onto your Amazon account, and the book will be wirelessly downloaded to your Kindle. If you see a title that you like, but it is not immediately available, click Place Hold to be notified when that title becomes available.

Don't have a Kindle? Overdrive is also compatible with the nook, Sony Reader and many other eBook readers, mp3 players, Android phones, Apple iPads, Macs and PCs. Check the list to see if your device will work with Overdrive.

NetLibrary is Changing to eBooks on EBSCOhost

John Robertson - Posted on

eBooks.on.EBSCOhostThe Troy Public Library's NetLibrary eBook collection has switched to a new platform called EBSCOhost. All of our eBooks that were available through NetLibrary are still available on the new platform. The NetLibrary name has been retired, replace by eBooks on EBSCOhost.

eBooks from EBSCOhost will function just like NetLibrary did. The titles will not be downloadable. Instead, you will be able to view them directly from within your browser. They are non-holdable and cannot be used on eReaders, but are always available for viewing.

If you are a regular user of NetLibrary eBooks, your account is no longer available. Any information that is associated with your account (such as notes you have taken in specific eBooks) has been deleted with your account. To use our new eBooks, simply log in with your Troy library card number.

For more information about this change, please see our blog post.

NetLibrary is Changing to eBooks on EBSCOhost

John Robertson - Posted on

eBooks.on.EBSCOhostThe Troy Public Library's NetLibrary eBook collection has switched to a new platform called EBSCOhost. All of our eBooks that were available through NetLibrary are still available on the new platform. The NetLibrary name has been retired, replace by eBooks on EBSCOhost.

eBooks from EBSCOhost will function just like NetLibrary did. The titles will not be downloadable. Instead, you will be able to view them directly from within your browser. They are non-holdable and cannot be used on eReaders, but are always available for viewing.

If you are a regular user of NetLibrary eBooks, your account is no longer available. Any information that is associated with your account (such as notes you have taken in specific eBooks) has been deleted with your account. To use our new eBooks, simply log in with your Troy library card number.

For more information about this change, please see our blog post.

SYNC is Back for 2011

John Robertson - Posted on

SYNC logoAre you interested in downloading FREE eAudibooks this summer? Now you can, thanks to Audiobook Community's SYNC campaign.

The SYNC campaign is designed to get more young adults listening to audiobooks. From June 23 through August 17, two audiobooks will be available each week for download: one current young adult title and one classic title. Each week, both books will share a common theme. All audiobooks used in the SYNC campaign are in the MP3 format and will work with both PCs and Macs. They can be transferred to a wide array of mobile devices.

Additionally, OverDrive, the vendor which provides downloadable book and audiobooks to the Troy Public Library, is distributing all of the SYNC titles. To download titles, you will need to install the OverDrive Media Console. After you have downloaded your titles from SYNC, be sure to check out other free OverDrive downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks that are available from the Library.

For more on SYNC, including the release schedule for free eAudiobooks, go here. To download this week's selections, go here. To get text reminders of upcoming titles, text syncya to 25827.

Try a Technology Title during the Summer Reading Program

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1120062_notepad_4Troy Public Library's Adult Summer Reading Program starts Wednesday, June 22. You can register online here for a chance to win a weekly prize (a $25 gift certificate to the Somerset Collection) or our grand prize (a $50 gift certificate to the Somerset Collection).

If you have not read an eBook nor listened to an eAudiobook yet, the Summer Reading Program is the perfect time to try these popular collections available from the Library. These items can be downloaded to your Windows or Mac computer, transferred to many popular eReaders, or downloaded directly to your smartphone. Get started by clicking the "Download eBooks, Audiobooks" link under the Library Links menu at left, then click on OverDrive.

Interested in technology? The Library has several new books related to technology available, including Idea Man: A Memior by the Co-founder of Micorsoft by Paul Allen, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle, Final Jeopardy: Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything by Stephen Baker, and Kingpin by Kevin Poulsen.

Whether it is an eBook, eAudiobook, or paper book, enroll in the Adult Summer Reading program and start reading!

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