Bringing the Digital Bookmobile to Our Home Turf

We had several Digital Bookmobile events on our home turf in Cleveland earlier this month including Digipalooza. It was a pleasure to host our public and school library partners at our campus and give them tours of the Digital Bookmobile

I had such a great time visiting all of our local library branches, especially the North Canton Public Library.  In addition to learning about the eReading rooms for kids and browsing the enormous digital collection (I signed up for a library card before leaving), patrons built flashlights and chose from 9 flavors of ice cream as a special treat. There was an outdoor story time and parents checked out tablets from the library for their children to use at home. In all, we had 150 visitors check out the Digital Bookmobile and learn about digital media.

One patron I worked with was Shirley who heard about our visit in her local newspaper.

She had never used digital media before and was very excited to get started. We quickly downloaded the app to her device and walked through borrowing an eBook. When her brother and sister-in-law stopped by shortly after, she was able to guide them through setting up!

Well done Shirley!

We are Back On the Road!

The Digital Bookmobile is off to a great start! We’re having a wonderful time on the road sharing the digital media services available at libraries across the US. So far we have visited libraries in Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Texas, and Tennessee!

Our first stops were in Aurora and Littleton, Colorado. It was my first time in Colorado and I loved having an amazing view of the mountains everywhere we went. We met a lot of great people but it was our young visitors who stole the show. Both libraries have eReading rooms for children that we showcased on the truck and were a big hit! Our workstations have all kinds of titles for kids (ages 0-99) to listen and read. So far the The Cat in the Hat and Frozen are the most read in every city. One great moment was an eBook story time in our Video Lounge in Aurora, Colorado. Julie from the Aurora Public Library read Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss to a group of children. She even had perfect character voices and a princess crown!
The best part of working with patrons is hearing that getting started with eBooks and audiobooks is much easier than expected. We look forward to getting more people started at our next stops near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Is the Bookmobile coming to your city? Let us know in the comments!