Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Get started with e-books and e-audio books from the library

Did Santa bring you a new tablet, smartphone or e-reader this holiday season? If so, now is the time to get started with e-books and e-audio books from Fauquier County Public Library.

All you need to borrow digital titles from your library is an internet connection and your FCPL library card.

If you’re using a tablet or smartphone, you will want to download OverDrive’s free mobile app, OverDrive Media Console, to easily find and save your library’s OverDrive website and to download and enjoy borrowed titles on your device.

Get the app from your app store or from for these popular devices and platforms: Android™, BlackBerry®, iOS (iPhone®/iPad®/iPod® touch), Windows® Phone, Kindle® Fire tablets, KoboTM tablets, and NOOK® tablets.

Borrow titles with one click
If you’re using a tablet or smartphone, use the app’s Add a Library (or Get Books) feature to find and save the library’s OverDrive website, the Blue Ridge Download Consortium. On any device with a browser, you can also go directly to the library’s OverDrive site at:

Once you find a title to borrow on the library’s site, click Borrow and enter your library card information. You’ve now borrowed the title—that’s all there is to it.

Read in your browser with OverDrive Read
The easiest way to start reading a borrowed eBook is to use OverDrive Read (if available). OverDrive Read lets you read eBooks right in your browser—no extra software or login required. Simply click Read next to a borrowed eBook to begin reading. For more information, visit

Download other formats to your computer, tablet, or smartphone
You will also see download options on the library website next to each of your borrowed titles...

On tablets or smartphones: Use OverDrive’s free mobile app to download EPUB eBooks (*you will need an Adobe ID) and MP3 audiobooks directly to your tablet or smartphone.

On Windows or Mac: 
On Windows 8 or RT: Use OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Windows 8 to download EPUB eBooks* and MP3 audiobooks to your Windows 8 or RT device.

For Kindle Books: In the US, you can download Kindle Books to your Kindle device or reading app. If you select the Kindle Book option, you’ll be taken to Amazon’s website to complete download.

*What is an Adobe ID and how do I get one?
An Adobe ID allows you to read Adobe EPUB e-books in our app and to transfer e-books from your computer to supported e-book readers. Follow the one-time prompt on your computer or device to create a free Adobe ID and complete authorization.

Need more help?
For more help, including device-specific instructions, how-to videos, and a link to contact support, visit the Help section on the library’s OverDrive-powered website, the Blue Ridge Download Consortium.

In addition, the library subscribes to OneClickdigital, which includes exclusive Recorded Books audiobooks, all compatible with iPad/iPod/iPhones, as well as numerous MP3/audio devices. The OneClickdigital collection includes works by popular authors such as Lawrence Block, Rita Mae Brown, James Lee Burke, Alexander McCall Smith, Elizabeth Peters, and John Sandford. OneClickdigital also recently added a collection of classic e-book titles.

During your holiday break, remember that there is no need to bundle up and visit your local branch -- simply use your library barcode to checkout and download your favorite titles.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Art & Culture

I recently ran across the following websites which should be of interest to teachers and students of the arts.

Google Cultural Institute - Geared at students and teachers of history, geography and art, find artworks, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe.

MetPublications - Access over 50 years of Metropolitan Museum of Art publications; read online or download; search by title/author/keyword, thematic category and more; these catalogs, which cover artworks, dress, furniture, etc., complete with full color photos, would be helpful if you were doing a research paper on a particular time period (common request we get at the reference during a particular era).

Getty Publications Virtual Library - A great resource for art teachers and students; search by title, keyword or author.

More to Explore on the Library Website
Paper due? For articles, many full-text on topics related to the arts, browse or search the InfoTrac Fine Arts & Music Collection, available from our databases page.

Teachers can find more web resources by subject, including Fine Arts, on our educators page.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Buying a home? Get help from a local housing counselor

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has launched a new online tool for consumers to find housing counselors.

What are housing counselors?
Housing counselors throughout the country can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. Housing counselors can offer independent advice, often at little or no cost to consumers.

The new tool includes the following features:
  • Shows consumers their closest options: The tool uses a search box and mapping function to show the consumer the ten closest counseling agencies to their zip code.
  • Provides contact information for HUD-approved counselors: The tool only draws on information from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) official list of housing counselors.
  • Displays services offered by counseling agencies: When counselors are listed, the tool shows the consumer which services are available there, such as rental housing counseling, pre-purchase counseling, or default resolution counseling.
  • Lists the languages offered: For those consumers who would prefer to receive housing counseling in a language other than English, the tool lists the languages that each housing counseling agency offers.
Why the new tool?
The CFPB’s new mortgage rules (effective January 2014) require mortgage lenders to provide applicants with a list of local housing counselors. Consumers should receive the list shortly after they apply for a mortgage so they know where to get help when deciding what loan is best for them. Lenders may fulfill that requirement by using CFPB-developed housing counseling lists, which are available through this new tool, or by generating their own lists using the same HUD data that the CFPB uses to build its lists. For more information and links to the new mortgage rules, visit the website.

For more online consumer information resources, visit the library's Recommended Websites page and check under Consumer Information.

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

e-Resource of the Month: Bloom's Literature

  “…highly recommended for the literature reference needs of high-school and college students.”

Bloom's Literature, formerly Bloom's Literary Reference Online, has been updated with a new design, new features, and enhanced video offerings. This accessible database is the must-have resource for literature reference.

Highlights and features:

  • Full-length videos of classic plays: streaming video of nearly 100 famous productions, including King Lear (starring James Earl Jones) and The Iceman Cometh (starring Jason Robards and Robert Redford) 
  • Bloom's How to Write about: specific advice on how to write good essays on most often assigned authors 
  • Works and Authors: overviews, synopses, analyses, and literary criticism of thousands of works and the finest contemporary and classic writers 
  • Literary criticism: critical essays from Facts On File's extensive collection, Harold Bloom's acclaimed essays, and critical articles from the Bloom's imprint 
  • Topics and themes: in-depth, full-text entries on literary movements, groups, periodicals, and historical events that help place literature in context 
  • Information on more than 48,500 literary characters 
  • Search by Common Core, state, and national standards 
  • Authoritative source list: more than 1,600 scholarly and critical books, more than 700 books from Infobase Learning, and more than 500 peer-reviewed journals and other periodicals 
  • Images and iPad/mobile-friendly videos—nearly 2,200 video clips 
  • Dynamic citations in MLA and CMS formats 
  • Harold Bloom's Canon of Literature

~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian

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