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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lately on Facebook, there have been a surfeit of pictures with the admonishment to hit "like" if you know what the item is. They range from a portable hair dryer (I still remember the smell of that plastic) to a manual meat grinder to drive-in theater speakers to my personal favorite, a pop bottle topped with a sprinkler head for ironing. I really laughed when I saw the jar of Dippity-do. If you don't know what that is, ask a female in my age category that used to wear their hair in a "flip". And if you don't know what a "flip" is, ask to see my high school graduation picture.

I wonder if someday there will be a picture of a book with instructions to hit "like" if you remember what it was. Hopefully, that won't happen in my lifetime! However, as Nooks, Kindles etc. take over the reading world, there is room for speculation.

I recently caved and bought a Nook tablet, taking advantage of the fact that my soon to be son-in-law works at Barnes & Noble. All I can say is I've had it out of box to look at. I have trouble getting excited about reading a book on it, but know I will enjoy some of the other things it does. On a recent vacation, I had a good time using my brother's Nook to work crossword puzzles. And it will be lighter to tote around than my laptop.

We have many patrons at the Cherokee Public Library who are using electronic readers and WILBOR, our free database of downloadable ebooks. Some have switched totally from print to electronic format. Others read a combination, as the biggest drawback to WILBOR is the immediate availability of new titles. Remember, this is a free service used by lots of people.

WILBOR is easily found with a simple google search or by going to http://wilbor.lib.overdrive.com. In order to register on the site, you will need a library card number. If you are one of our city, rural Cherokee County, or Larrabee patrons, you can use your Cherokee Public Library card. Unfortunately, due to new regulations imposed by WILBOR, we are no longer able to offer this service to open access patrons who do not live in one of the three places listed.

Please call 225-3498 or stop in with any questions about WILBOR. Judy has become an expert, and although I never will be, I hope to at least have a better grasp when I get that Nook in its pretty pink case figured out. We also offer printed instructions for various readers as well as bookmarks with WILBOR information.

Mary Jo Ruppert
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