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3 days ago

Hesston Public Library

Escape room type challenge, pirate-themed for Talk Like a Pirate Day ...

Brush up on yer pirate speak, mateys - Wednesday, September 19 be International Talk Like A Pirate Day!
Then sign up at the library to unlock the pirate treasure in our Breakout EDU escape room challenge (this week only, ages 8+). Or check out a pirate-themed book, movie, or game!
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1 week ago

Hesston Public Library

Okay, Hurricane Florence.... ...

Looking for free e-books?

Your library has ’em! We have three sources for free e-books – one provided by our library, and two provided by the State Library of Kansas. The options are:

Sunflower eLibrary
This is the service provided by our library. You’ll need a new library card (the one with a 14-digit number that starts with 27062) and a PIN. You must call or stop by the library so we can activate your card number in the e-library system. Compatible with: Almost all e-readers (Kindle, Nook, Sony) and many other devices (iPad, iPod touch, computers, smartphones).
What’s available:
More than 2,000 e-books and 350 audiobooks, and the list is growing constantly. Titles are available for all ages.
Basic info: Titles check out for up to two weeks at a time. Only one person can have a title checked out at a time, but users can place holds on titles that are checked out. Once the checkout time expires, the title will become unavailable on your device. Each user can have up to 5 titles checked out at one time. Basic Kindle and Nook readers must check out books on a computer and then transfer to the device.
For more information: Click on the eLibrary tab on our website, or contact the library

 

3M Cloud Library
This is the service provided by the State Library of Kansas. You’ll need a Kansas Library Card (different than our library card). A Kansas Library Card can be obtained at the library.
Compatible with:
Most e-readers EXCEPT KINDLE PRODUCTS, iPad, iPod touch, smartphones
What’s available:
E-books only; unsure how many titles at this time, but a good variety for all ages.
Basic info: Titles check out for up to two weeks at a time. Once the checkout time expires, the title will become unavailable on your device. Only one person can have a title checked out at a time, but users can place holds on titles that are checked out. The library does contain multiple copies of popular titles.
For more information:
Visit www.kslib.info/digitalbooks.html or contact the library

 

Freading
This is another service provided by the State Library of Kansas, which just launched last week. You’ll need a Kansas Library Card (different than our library card). A Kansas Library Card can be obtained at the library.
Compatible with:
Most e-readers EXCEPT KINDLE (although an app can be used on Kindle Fire), iPad, iPod touch, smartphones
What’s available:
E-books only; unsure how many titles at this time; titles are mostly from small to medium publishers, not major publishers.
Basic info:
Titles check out for up to two weeks at a time. Once the checkout time expires, the title will become unavailable on your device. Unlike the other services, Freading works on a “renting” system – you have a set number of tokens per week, and each title costs a set number of tokens per week. Tokens roll over for four weeks before expiring.
For more information:
Visit www.kslib.info/digitalbooks.html or contact the library

 

Basic information on all e-book services

  • Services that are not Kindle compatible are not compatible because Amazon has not reached deals with these providers. Kindle devices are far more “locked down” than other devices, and e-book services must reach a deal with Amazon before being able to make their content Kindle compatible. Own a Kindle? Contact Amazon and let them know you want to be able to use all library e-book services on your Kindle!
  • Many of the “Big 6” publishers refuse to make their e-books available for libraries to purchase. So, as an individual, you may be able to buy an e-book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, but the library cannot. Sometimes when the title is available, it is priced significantly higher than an individual would pay, or the library would pay for a hardcover copy (sometimes as much $60-$90 a title!). Please understand that these restrictions make it difficult for us to have all the titles and authors people want to see in the e-library. We do our best to provide titles people want and an overall variety for all our users.


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