The planning committee for the annual community reading program known as Linn Area Reads has selected Irreplaceable by author Stephen Lovely for the 2011 edition of the program.
Are you interested in purchasing an ereader but don’t know enough about them? The Cedar Rapids Public Library is partnering with experts from Best Buy to demonstrate the variety of ereaders currently on the market, and show you how to use the Library’s ebook system to get free access to hundreds of book titles.
The changes continue this month at the Cedar Rapids Public Library at Westdale. The latest change is the addition of a special display known as a “power wall.” This display is currently being built by local carpenters and our own talented staff. When it is complete, it will hold a variety of non-fiction subjects for… View more
OverDrive, the Cedar Rapids Library’s ebook provider, has developed several resources to make using library ebooks easy to understand. This How-To-Guide is one example. Use this as an easy guide to getting started using your device with OverDrive. If you have additional questions or need a little more help, you can also visit the tutorials… View more
From the outset, the Library’s Board of Trustees charged the project design group with achieving a LEED Gold rating for the building. While the Gold Rating remains our minimum requirement, we are striving for a Platinum LEED rating. This would be one of only a handful of LEED Certified Platinum buildings in the state and one of the most sustainable libraries in the country.
On January 7, FEMA changed its policy to recognize libraries as essential community organizations, thus making them eligible for temporary relocation funding in times of disaster or emergency. Under section 403 of the Stafford Act, which is the statutory authority from which FEMA derives the majority of its policy, only essential organizations are eligible for temporary relocation funding during major disasters through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.
The first renderings of the new Cedar Rapids Public Library were approved by the Board of Trustees on January 6 during their regularly scheduled meeting. The two images reflect the design of the Library from the front, facing Greene Square Park; one during the day and one at night.
I received a call today from a gentleman named Charlie who lives in British Columbia. He is part of an organization working to build a new library and he wanted to know what type of digital content and new media they should be thinking about when they design their new building. I was caught slightly off-guard, to be quite honest, but the question got me thinking. What comes to mind when you think about technology at your library? How would you answer Charlies’ question?
With all of the questions we are getting about ebooks and how to download them to personal devices, we thought it would be helpful to provide some additional links to information by OverDrive, the company we work with. They have wonderful tutorials online to help get you started on using your device with our “virtual branch.”
One of the hottest items this year for gift-giving was some form or e-Reader. The Metro Library Network (MLN) which consists of the Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion Libraries offer free downloadable eBooks (and Audiobooks) to library card holders through the OverDrive network.