Digital Bookmobile Celebrates Canada 150

This is a big year for Canada as it celebrates it’s 150th anniversary!

The Digital Bookmobile paid tribute to this monumental year by visiting five libraries in Ontario, Canada this past July.

7/18 Toronto Public Library – Agincourt Branch

Senior Collections Specialist / “eBook Goddess” Maria Cipriano got everyone fired up to visit the Digital Bookmobile at our first stop in Canada on our 2017 tour. Library staff worked two tables outside to promote their e-materials, including OverDrive. They had a prize wheel, candy, and give aways. At the end of the event, one lucky winner went home with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

7/19 Brampton Library – Cyril Clark Branch

Brampton built on community relationships with Starbucks and Tim Hortons to sponsor free coffee at this event. With all hands on deck, freezies, and a prize wheel, they had 377 visitors walk through the Digital Bookmobile!

7/21 Bibliotheque Publique de Clarence-Rockland – Rockland Branch

Library Director Catherina was so excited to share her library’s digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks and video with her community of French and English readers. Preschool students even stopped by the Digital Bookmobile!

7/22 Ottawa Public Library – Sunnyside Branch

The quaint Sunnyside Branch hosted 180 visitors on the Digital Bookmobile during our visit. Business Librarian Amy H. said, “The event was incredibly successful – lots of dedicated interest as well as those just curious.”

7/24 Chatham-Kent Public Library

A windy day brought in a gust of visitors who were interested in trying something new and learning about OverDrive’s newest app, Libby! Chatham-Kent did a great job reaching out to their local media and received coverage during the event from at least four different media outlets.

Happy anniversary Canada.

Love,
Team OverDrive

Did the Digital Bookmobile Go Inside a Building?

Can a 42-foot-long Toterhome that runs on a generator fit and run inside of a building? We put it to the test this year at Digipalooza.

Every two years, OverDrive hosts Digipalooza, an international user group conference for partner libraries and schools that offers a unique blend of education, networking and fun. The conference is packed full of valuable librarian-led sessions and networking activities with publishers and industry experts.

When planning this year’s conference, staff members thought outside the box and envisioned the Digital Bookmobile inside the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. It had to be close enough to sessions and convenient enough for attendees to visit during breaks. I mean, what if it rained!? (It did… briefly.)

Did it go inside a building? Yes, yes it did.

Digital Bookmobile inside Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

With the help of convention center staff, our driver Ira, and pre-planning, over 400 attendees saw the Digital Bookmobile inside the convention center, and many got a tour! The Digital Bookmobile was set up to safely run inside on battery power and showcased our traveling exhibit to library and school partners.

This was our second stop during Digipalooza. Our first stop saw 244 visitors at Punch Bowl Social, Digipalooza’s Kickoff Social. Both days were fun, but there’s something special about being somewhere you’re traditionally not supposed to be.

Digipalooza attendees visit the Digital Bookmobile inside the convention center

For more photos from the event, please visit our Flickr page.

ADA Accessible Digital Bookmobile Empowers Patrons in Evanston, IL

On Monday, June 12th, the ADA Accessible Digital Bookmobile was in the city of Evanston!

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. For that reason, the Digital Bookmobile is equipped with a BraunAbility wheelchair lift to ensure people of all abilities can safely enter the Digital Bookmobile.

Evanston Public Library is at the heart of a diverse community and promotes the development of independent, self-confident, and literate citizens.

Heat in the mid-90’s didn’t deter patrons from stepping outside the library and into the air conditioned Digital Bookmobile located in Evanston Public Library’s back parking lot. Here, visitors learned about borrowing eBooks and audiobooks for free on their personal devices.

The day didn’t end there! At 5pm we went to our second stop at Over the Rainbow Association (OTR). OTR is an Illinois non-profit organization dedicated to providing independent living solutions for individuals with physical disabilities. Twice a month, staff from Evanston Public Library visit OTR with library materials that residents can check out.

That Monday, residents learned about a whole new way of borrowing materials… digitally. Fifth Ward Alderman Robin Rue Simmons partnered with Evanston Public Library to bring the Digital Bookmobile to the Hill Arboretum Apartments!

Photo from @OverTheRainbowAssociation on Facebook

OTR resident Katelyn learned how to borrow digital materials from OverDrive employee Leslie inside the Digital Bookmobile!

OTR resident Anthony said, “This is so cool! We never had this type of stuff when I was a kid,” as he browsed the Star Wars audiobook collection.

Overall, a total of 70 people visited the Digital Bookmobile from both locations to explore Evanston Public Library’s digital collection, “My Media Mall,” of around 23,000 eBooks, 10,800 audiobooks, and 133 videos.

“It was great! For such a hot, humid day, and two locations,” said Supervisory Librarian Heather Norborg.

No matter your age or ability, borrowing eBooks & more from your library promotes independence, self-confidence, and literacy.

An article posted in the Evanston Round Table following the event can be found here.

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