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Wowza, Hesston! Crunching the numbers for May, and your library was BUSY. Thank you for making the HPL such a great destination. The library saw its highest May circulation EVER - 8,097 items! (that's more like a summer month circulation number) ...

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Hesston Public Library

Anyone interested in memoir writing is encouraged to attend the free workshop tonight, 6:30 p.m., with Al Ortolani, published poet and writing instructor. This event is part of “Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War,” a statewide oral history project to commemorate 50 years since the escalation of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The program is supported by Kansas Humanities Council. No registration required. ...

Over a dozen published authors are in Hesston today for Nerdcamp KS!!!

Don't miss out on the "community book signing" opportunity this afternoon from 3:45-4:15. Watermark Books & Cafe will have books available for purchase.
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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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