New Digital Bookmobile, Who Saw it First?

Delicious brats and cheese curds. The birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Dubbed the Badger state and America’s Dairyland. Get where I’m going here? The Digital Bookmobile powered by OverDrive made its first two stops of 2017 in Wisconsin!

First up was Waukesha Public Library on June 9th. Waukesha’s beautiful library was complimented by the Digital Bookmobile on the first day of summer break and welcomed 128 visitors.

Two brothers browsed Wisconsin Public Library’s collection of 53,000 eBooks, 16,500 audiobooks, and 500 videos!

Kori Hall, Head of Program Development and Community Engagement said, “(The) event was excellent!”

Second stop was in the charming village of Greendale, WI. Walking down Broad St. you were guided by rows of flowers, statues, and trucks.. lots of trucks.

Greendale Public Library hosted “Dozer Days” on June 10th which brought in the Digital Bookmobile, an ambulance, fire truck, garbage truck, and more. Young kids filled the streets with their parents and learned about thousands of kids eBooks and Read-Alongs they can enjoy this summer.

Children weren’t the only ones exploring the Digital Bookmobile. A total of 199 users of all ages came on board and got started reading eBooks and listening to audiobooks on their personal devices.

To end our stay in Wisconsin, the OverDrive team couldn’t help but stop at Culver’s and explore their 80+ flavors of custard! Mmm

New Digital Bookmobile Back for 2017 Tour!

Happy National Bookmobile Day! OverDrive has some exciting news to share on this celebratory day. The Digital Bookmobile is back, new, and ready to hit the road!

Reading Happiness ūüėÉ
Traveling with the Digital Bookmobile this year will be me, Lauren Bajda! I am thrilled to bring the Digital Bookmobile to communities around North America to promote reading happiness through eBooks and audiobooks. As a world traveler and literacy advocate, I look forward to showing users one of the quickest ways to get reading, no matter their age or ability.

What is the Digital Bookmobile Tour?
The Digital Bookmobile supports our public library and school partners in promoting their digital catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video to their communities. We are excited to hit the road at the beginning of June and start our tour in the Midwest. The new and improved 42-foot long Toterhome will provide a newly designed experience for users.

Host an Event
Interested in hosting a free Digital Bookmobile event? Visit us at the new Digital Bookmobile website and complete the ‚ÄúContact Us‚ÄĚ form. This year‚Äôs Digital Bookmobile will tour through the Fall of 2017.

Stay Connected
Want to spot yourself with the Digital Bookmobile? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and of course our blog for up to date photos, adventures, and more.

I look forward to meeting many of you on the road!

To Canada: land of hockey, the CN Tower and Kobo

We had 4 wonderful events in Southern Ontario last week. The Digital Bookmobile made its annual pit stop in Stroud, Ajax, Vaughan, and Oakville.

Stroud is a quaint community where many people enjoy retirement. It sits on a lake and has a great library system. Patrons told us they loved living there! A Happy Hour group that meets each week for fun events in the area stopped by to see the Digital Bookmobile and learn about digital media. They even got a private class on how to get started.

Toronto was bustling with excitement over the TIFF film festival. We didn’t spot any celebrities while venturing around but we had a lot of fun exploring restaurants near King West and the gazing at the CN Tower. During events we had our own mini-TIFF in the bookmobile Video Lounge.

Our events in Ontario featured many Kobo eReaders, Tim Hortons, and of course hockey. If you are a member of Vaughan Public Libraries, make sure you check out a digital book between now and October for a chance to win Maple Leaf tickets!

Next we will be back on the American East Coast with stops in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. Will we see you at any of these events?

To the East Coast!

We have hit the East Coast!

After a long and fun journey in the Midwest and the friendly South, the Digital Bookmobile made its first stops on the East Coast in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

We first stopped at the Dover Area Community Library in Dover, PA. Set in the picturesque hills of Pennsylvania, the Dover library is a busy branch in a small, quaint community. It was a beautiful day at the library with several activities including a Zumba class, a visit from Girls Go Digital, and delicious snacks from the Baron Von Schwein food truck.

We were welcomed to¬†the community¬†and helped several patrons set up the OverDrive app on their devices. Our visitors were very excited about getting started with digital media and a few MVP’s drove over an hour¬†to see the Digital Bookmobile! We ended our visit with an eBook story time on the Video Lounge TV read by George, the children’s librarian. You can read more about the action packed event in the¬†York Daily Record.

After work, my coworker Andy and I made a mandatory stop at Hershey’s Chocolate World where we took a tour and left with a few pounds of chocolate.

Before we continue down the East Coast we will be in Canada September 9-12. Check the schedule to see if the Digital Bookmobile will visit you!