Bay St. Louis and Kiln Libraries to host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event

Free event highlights eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library -- anywhere, anytime

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The Digital Bookmobile National Tour is making two stops in Bay St. Louis and Kiln. Spreading reading happiness to communities across the nation, this unique traveling exhibit is scheduled to visit the Kiln Public Library on Friday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library on Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are invited to an interactive experience to learn about and try eBooks and eAudiobooks available from the Hancock County Library System. Events are free for library lovers of all ages.

Hancock County Library staff and eReading experts will be available on the Digital Bookmobile to guide visitors through the easy process. Readers with a valid library card can borrow their favorite titles 24/7 by visiting http://hancock.overdrive.com or by downloading OverDrive's newest reading app, Libby.

Readers at all levels of comfort and familiarity with eBooks are welcome at the Digital Bookmobile event. Staff will facilitate one-on-one tutorials to help visitors borrow and read or listen to eBooks and audiobooks. Equipped with interactive workstations, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more, the Digital Bookmobile has everything a reader needs to get started. Popular devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle®, fill the Gadget Gallery for visitors to browse Hancock Library’s digital service.

Come aboard to enhance your digital reading experience with tips and tricks from the experts, including how to sort and filter your searches, create bookmarks, highlight text, sync reading positions across mobile devices, and much more. Library card holders can take advantage of the featured services to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks, for free, 24/7 with no late fees on the library's website or by using the Libby app to read or listen instantly from virtually any smartphone, tablet or computer.

The Digital Bookmobile is powered by OverDrive, the industry-leading digital reading platform for more than 40,000 libraries and schools worldwide. To check out digital books and more, visit http://hancock.overdrive.com.


Library System’s eAudio collection is moving to Overdrive!

On November 1, the Hancock County Library System’s access to rbDigital will end. This means that any eBooks and eAudios that you have checked out on rbDigital will no longer be available and any holds through those platforms will be cancelled. 

But not to fear! You will still have access to eBooks and eAudios through Overdrive using your HCLS library card. If you are unfamiliar with using Overdrive, here are some helpful tips: 

To begin accessing eBooks and eAudios, download Overdrive’s Libby App via the app store on your device or visit https://www.overdrive.com/. It will give you the easiest access to the expanded eBook and eAudio collections. 

This shift to Overdrive will expand the selection of eBooks and eAudios that you have available for checkout, making borrowing them more like borrowing a print book, where you have access to hundreds of choices. 

If you have any questions, please speak with a librarian at your favorite branch.


Library announces Halloween events in October

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Brainfuse: online tutoring now available at library branches

 Brainfuse

Brainfuse

The library has acquired a new FREE online tutoring program called Brainfuse from a generous gift to the Library Foundation of Hancock County from the Richard M. Tracey estate. Brainfuse provides on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels.  It is available to all library customers from the public computers at their local library or from any computer with an internet connection.

Brainfuse HelpNow offers personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including the SAT preparation. The Adult Learning Center is where customers can access GED prep, U.S citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources which lists popular job search links. Brainfuse covers a large number of subjects that range from elementary school all the way to college level. You are assigned a live tutor online to chat and interact with. Click here to access Brainfuse from your home computer or use the computers at any of the five library branches inside the library.