Downloadables at your Summit County library |

Downloadables at your Summit County library

As you have probably noticed by now, all three of your libraries in Summit County have had to reduce their evening hours. Never fear, however, for your Virtual Library is here! Just go to the library’s new web site at and click on the button that says “Downloadable Collections.” These are available to you 24/7 as long as you have a computer and internet access.

The collections contain 896 Adobe Epub E-books; 236 Overdrive MP3 Audiobooks; 2,194 Overdrive WMA Audiobooks; 829 Music selections; and 562 Overdrive Videos for you to download to your computer and then transfer to your MP3 player, iPod, iPad, Blackberry, iPhone, or other e-reader or player. (They won’t transfer to a Kindle.) Just click on the “Supported Portable Audio Devices” to see what will work for you. You may check out up to five items, and you have your choice of seven, 14, or 21 day checkouts. If a title is checked out, you may place a hold on the item, and then you will be sent an email when the title is ready for you to check out.

Since Christmas, the Adobe Epub e-books have become extremely popular with readers who received iPads and other e-readers as presents. We are growing the collection monthly and adding all the bestsellers that are available in e-pub format. We are also trying to buy older titles of the most popular authors, as well as many classics. A title you might like is “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food for Life” by Barbara Kingsolver. She and her family keep a journal of their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline and to a rural lifestyle in which they vow to buy only foods grown by themselves or raised in their own neighborhood; they learn to live without the rest. Their good-humored search leads to surprising discoveries about the sex lives of turkeys, overly zealous zucchini plants and other curiosities. Part memoir and part journalistic investigation, this book makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life.

Do you spend a lot of time driving in your car? Then try listening to audiobooks that you have downloaded to your player. You don’t have to keep track of cassettes or CDs, and you don’t have to worry about losing them or keeping them out overdue and having to pay fines. I have probably listened to over 200 titles in the past three years and have found some wonderful readers who are very entertaining. A recent title that had me laughing out loud in my car was “Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kinsella. When the spirit of Lara Linton’s great-aunt Sadie mysteriously appears as a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about love, fashion and the right way to dance, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest in peace without it. Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo. The plot doubles as a moving testament to the bonds of family and friendship.

These are just two examples of the many wonderful titles that you can download to your computer and either read or listen to whenever you wish. All you need is a library card that is current and in good standing. You can apply for a library card at any of our three libraries: Main, Frisco; South Branch, Breckenridge; or North Branch, Silverthorne. Check the new library website for hours and phone numbers:

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