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September is Library Card Sign-up month, a time to remind parent that the most important school supply of all is a library card.

September 21-27 is Banned Books week, an annual celebration of intellectual freedom and the right to read what we choose.

October 12-18 is Teen Read week.  Held the third week in October each year, this national literacy initiative encourages teens aged 12-18 to "Read For The Fun Of It."

October 19-24 is National Friends of the Library week.  Friends groups now have their very own week of celebration.  This is an opportunity to raise awareness and generate interest in your library's Friends group, and to commemorate the volunteers


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


Are you a book lover and a movie lover?


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.