The Digital Bookmobile National Tour rolled into Rome Tuesday to visit Jervis Library, 613 N. Washington St. The community outreach vehicle allows visitors to learn how to download library eBooks and e-audiobooks through the library. The multi-colored 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor trailer is also used to help portable device owners use their devices more effectively.
"The purpose of the visit is outreach to help people find out the service on many different devices and help them use it," said Lisa Matte, Director of Jervis Library. Jervis boasts the highest usage of e-books in the Mid-York Library System.
The Digital Bookmobile came to Rome from Chittenango and will be on its way to Albany tomorrow. The vehicle, operated by the company OverDrive Inc. of Ohio, has a variety of devices available for users to sample including a Kindle, Nook, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. The truck is loaded with six high-definition televisions, six interior PC computer stations, four exterior PC computer stations and a Mac computer station.
When Phoebe Reed, 11, and her mother, Nicole Reed-Brown, of Rome, stepped into the large vehicle Phoebe was immediately excited by the prospect of searching for the book "The Vampire Diaries" by L. J. Smith online. Reed is an avid reader and owns a Nook. She already takes advantage of the library’s digital book service.
"She’s done the summer reading program so she knows all about looking the books up on the internet," said Reed’s mother.
According to Lisa Matte, children are typically the ones who know how to work the new gadgets.
Lee residents Al and Ruth Denholm visited the Bookmobile to learn more about their digital devices from its Digital Library Specialists. Dan Conochan worked with the couple on the computer to provide them with specialized information that is not available at the Jervis Library reference desk.
To take advantage of Jervis’ download service powered by OverDrive, cardholders can visit www.jervislibrary.org and click on MYlibrary2go to browse the digital catalog.