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New year - new authors or old favorites?

Who doesn't love to spend the cold winter snuggled up with a good book?  And if you'd like to start the year getting acquainted with some new authors, how about checking out some Famously First debut titles by first-time authors you may recognize from elsewhere.

You can also explore the newest items added to the VALNet catalog, thousands of them -- your favorite author's newest book, or something completely new and different. 

What if your favorite author can't keep up with you?  Check out literaturemap.com.  Type in the author's name and the screen shows similar authors. The ones closest are the most similar.  Click on the other names to see more connections. Fun! 

Whatever you're after, we're here to keep you supplied with a year full of reading pleasure.


Are you a book lover and a movie lover?

 

How do your books get to you so fast?

Meet John, our hardworking courier.  He's been delivering your library materials for many years, rain or shine.  His dedication and hard work are part of the reason you're able to receive your requested items so promptly.   



LearningExpress Library 3.0 is a whole NEW experience! It features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.  Click for a printable Quick Start Guide.

Improvements:

  • New and improved site design 
  • Easier to use navigation
  • New interactive tutorials
  • Multiple test modes for study and practice
  • Recommendations for additional study

 

Need help understanding the Affordable Care Act?

If you live in Idaho Your Health Idaho is the Health Insurance Marketplace to serve you. Your Health Idaho can give you information on local events and resources available in your state, including application assistance. For Open Enrollment this year, instead of the Your Health Idaho website you’ll use HealthCare.gov to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll.


e-books and e-audios

 

Read or listen on Kindles, iPads, iPods, Nooks, Sony Readers, MP3 players, and other devices using your home computers, or, depending on the device, download directly onto the device itself.  Patrons will need to do one-time downloads of free software onto their computer and/or device, then access the VALNet Digital Collection through the VALNet website

You may choose your own check-out period:  7, 14 or 21 days, and are limited to 3 checked out items at a time.  E-books and MP3-format audios may be returned early; WMA-format audios stay on your record until the loan period expires, so you may want to select a shorter loan period for those.  It's easy to place holds, and put items on a wish list for later.

Not sure how to get started?  The VALNet Digital Collection website's Help section provides information about compatible devices and their supported formats, as well as links to OverDrive Media Console software for e-audios and Adobe Digital Editions software for e-books, the free software used to manage your library downloads.

New materials will be added to the collection weekly, so check back often for new titles.  In addition to the regular e-collection, thousands of public domain titles are available.  These do not expire, do not count against your 3-item limit, and are always available -- no waiting.

Ask your library staff for more information.