On Tuesday March 21, Dallan Adams, a technician for Navajo County Libraries came to the Rim Community Library in Heber, AZ for the first Destination Inspiration of the year. He gave an overview of the scores of resources available through the county library with only the use of your library card.
Adams has held classes in the past for local residents. There is no charge and he will cover a myriad of subjects – you just need to let him know areas of interest such as social media, Word, Excel, digital photos, etc.
The County Library pays special rates for some of the programs and resources. Some of the resources are available only if you are physically at the Rim Community Library such as Ancestry.com, Mango language learning course and ABC Mouse, a resource for children that rewards them as they progress with prizes that they can redeem with things such as an imaginary goldfish. Adams said his children have used it and they really enjoy the program since it gives them the chance to interact.
Most of the rest of the resources may be accessed from your home or mobile device with the use of your library card.
The starting point is the website www.navajocountylibraries.org/. To find handy online references on all types of subjects, choose Reference Databases which is in the bar on the left side of the screen. Some of the subjects you can find here are Automotive Repair, Business, Educator and Student Research, Genealogy, Reference, Kids, Health and Medicine, etc.
“There are tons and tons of e-books, audio books and electronic media,” shared Adams. And, he’s not kidding. In the Digital Downloads section One Click has 6,000 audio books and they add more daily. Zinio has all kinds of electronic magazines that you can read. Cloud Library has e-books that you can download and read. You can access all kinds of newspapers as well. For free.
You can also use this website to put a book you’d like to check out on reserve or manage your library account for you or the whole family with Elf. Whatever the reason, a visit to this website certainly is interesting.
You will need to get a library card at our local facility to use these resources. The address is 3404 Mustang Avenue, just off Highway 260, west of the LDS church. The library is just around the curve on your left. There’s no cost for a library card. They’re open Tuesdays 12 to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the first Saturday of the month 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Adams gave some good pointers: you’ll need to download software first for many of the e-book type of sites. Once that is done you can download your book. They all contain step by step instructions.
Also, when using some of these resources you will need to choose Navajo County Libraries as the group with which you’re affiliated.
As you can see there’s a lot available. Don’t get discouraged if you have a problem as you can always ask one of the librarians for direction.
Stop by and let the librarian know if you have a subject for which you’d like to have a class. Destination Inspiration is there for you use. Please take advantage of this neat service and Mr. Adam’s knowledge. You can bring your own computer or they have them available for use at the library. Come find what inspires you!