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Downloadable Books and Audiobooks Now Available for Windows Phone

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OverDrive, a provider of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks to the Troy Public Library, has recently released a version of its OverDrive Media Console app for Windows Phone. Now Windows Phone users can directly download OverDrive MP3-format eAudiobooks and EPUB-format eBooks to their device. This new app also has the same features of other OverDrive apps for smartphones, including the ability to return eBooks early and the ability to link Troy's OverDrive site to the app directly with the Get Library feature.  

Download the OverDrive Media Console app for Windows Phone here.

For more information, including a video demonstration of this app in action, see this blog post from the Library's Technology Department.

June is National Audiobook Month

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 OverDriveJune is National Audiobook Month. What better way to celebrate then by enjoying a downloadable audiobooks available from the Troy Public Library. You can listen to downloadable audiobooks on your computer, or you can transfer them to a variety of other devices, such as an iPod, an MP3 player, a Blackberry, or a smartphone. Click here for a complete list of supported devices. 

To access downloadable audiobooks, click on "Download eBooks, Audiobooks" under "Library Links" on the left. Then click on the OverDrive logo. This will take you to the OverDrive website, where you can search for a specific title or pull up a list of titles by your favorite author. 

Before downloading your first audiobook, you will need to download the OverDrive Media Console, to make sure the audiobook plays properly on your computer or device. Click on the words, "OverDrive Media Console" on the OverDrive website and select the device to which you are downloading. This will prompt a short set of instructions. This only needs to be done once, not every time you download an audiobook.

For more information or help, visit the Technology Center in the Adult area of the Library, or email techroom@troymi.gov.

Job Seekers: Improve Your Computer Skills

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Are you looking for work? Do you need basic computer skills to help you apply for jobs?

If so, you will want to attend the Troy Public Library’s free, two-week program, Computer Skills for the Job Seeker, which runs from 10 am to 2 pm, July 11-22. This program includes 30 hours of hands-on computer training, and plenty of one-on-one assistance, to bring your skills up-to-date and improve your job search. You will learn how to

• organize your computer files;
• create an electronic resume in Word;
• communicate with employers via email;
• apply for jobs online; and
• stay in contact using social network websites.

Click here to print an application, or click here to fill out an application online. (Note: Preference will be given to Troy residents.) The training is limited to 16 students, and taught by the Library's award-winning Technology Department staff.

For more information, contact the Phillip Kwik, Head of Public Services, at kwikpj@troymi.gov or phone 248.619.7577.

Computer Skills for the Job Seeker is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Troy Public Library. For more information about the Friends, go to www.friendstpl.org.

Register for Computer Classes at the Troy Library

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Need to improve your skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint? Register today for computer classes at the Troy Public Library. The Library has classes in Beginning Word, Beginning Excel, and Beginning PowerPoint in June; and in Intermediate Word, Intermediate Excel, and Intermediate PowerPoint in July.

Registration for the June classes is now open. Registration for July classes opens on Monday, June 20, at 10 am.

Each month, the Library offers hands-on, public computer classes free-of-charge. These classes are made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Troy Public Library. Visit the Friends website at friendstpl.org.

For more information about public computer classes at the Library, email the Technology Department, or phone 248.524.3542.

Disney Digital Books Now Available Through OverDrive

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Disney LogoDisney Digital Books are now available from the Troy Public Library. This collection of over 650 titles includes books for a wide variety of ages that feature both classic and new Disney characters. You can access these titles through OverDrive, the company that supplies downloadable audiobook and ebooks to the Library.

Disney Digital Books are interactive. Some books will read the text to you. Others feature trivia games as you proceed through the title. All Disney Digital Books feature a built-in dictionary that will pronounce and give the definition of a word when clicked.

Disney Digital Books work differently than other eBooks offered through OverDrive. Instead of being downloaded, they are viewed within your computer's web browser. They are available for use on both PCs and Mac computers. Disney Digital Books are also always available. You do not have to place holds on them; they can be checked out at any time. Disney Digital Book checkouts do count towards your 10-item OverDrive checkout limit, and there is currently no way to return a Digital Books early.

To try out Disney Digital Books, click on the "Download eBooks, Audiobooks" link at left under the Library Links menu, and then select OverDrive. For more information, please see this blog post.

Let us know your thoughts about this new collection by leaving a comment below.

OverDrive Updates Android & iPhone/iPad Apps

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OverDrive, a supplier of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks to the Troy Public Library, has released updates to their OverDrive Media Console apps for Android and Apple devices, including iPhones and iPads. The new updates include new background settings, screen overrides for eBooks, improved performance, and more.

If you already have these apps installed on your Android device or iPhone/iPad, be sure to check the app for these new updates. If you do not have them installed already, you can download OverDrive Media Console for Android through the Android Market or download the iPhone/iPad version of OverDrive Media Console through the iTunes App Store.

For more information about these new releases, see this post from the OverDrive Digital Library blog.

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