WILBOR is arriving at the Cherokee Public Library on June 1st! In olden days I would have told you that meant the coyote who delivered pizza via a tricycle at the Piccadilly pizza place in Sioux City was coming. However, it is actually an announcement letting our patrons know they will soon have a wonderful opportunity to access free downloads of audio books and eBooks.
WILBOR is a statewide program offered by the Iowa library service areas. Currently there are approximately 3,738 audio titles and 2,696 eBooks in the database with titles being added each month. It needs to be noted that titles are not always available as they "check out" just like regular library books do. There will be times when it will be necessary to place a reserve and wait in line. Checkout periods are limited and there are no renewals. Users are restricted to 3 audios and 3 eBooks checked out at any one time. The program will not be activated until June 1 but you are welcome to type in WILBOR as a goggle search and look at the website.
In order to participate, you will need to have a library card, a computer and a personal listening (MP3, iPod etc.) and/or reading (Nook, Sony, iPad etc.) device. At this time Kindle readers are not compatible with the Overdrive software that is used to power WILBOR, but it is expected that the problem will be resolved in just a few months.
Anyone interested in learning more about WILBOR is invited to a public information session at 5:30 p.m. on June 8 at the library. Aimee Clark from the Milford Public Library will be explaining the program and offering assistance with personal listening and reading equipment. You are invited to bring in your Nook, Kindle, iPod etc. Aimee is a technical guru and very knowledgeable about WILBOR so we are pleased to have her help us out as Judy and I are still pursuing the learning curve on this one.
There are several tricks and trails that need to be followed to use WILBOR and one catch we were not anticipating is that at this time we will not be able to use library computers to load audios and eBooks for patrons as each device is "synced" to whatever computer is used. We will be working on that issue. For now we will be glad to demonstrate the program any time beginning June 1 and try to answer whatever questions we can. The surest method of receiving help would be to make an appointment with either Judy (probably your best bet) or myself. We will also have instructions to hand out beginning June 1.
Thanks to the Friends of the Library for footing the bill for the first year of WILBOR. We hope it will be used and appreciated by our patrons.
The library will be closed Saturday -- Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Summer hours start on Tuesday, May 31. During June, July and August the library is open 10 a.m. -- 8 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and 10 a.m. -- noon on Saturday,