Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sunday November 10th, 2013 Your Library Online

Did you know you can do that online?

Your Library's Web site, is the gateway to many services and collections which are available to you 24/7.  All you need is your Library card and an internet connection.  This column highlights some of the many amazing and convenient things you can do online.

Renew your Books

Log in to "My Library Card" to renew your books, place holds, rate titles, pay your fines, make lists and more!  Learn about the many things you can do online with your Library card by watching the videos on our Web site under "Browse" / "My Library Card".

Borrow an eBook

We have a growing collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks which can be accessed on mobile devices using an App called OverDrive Media Console, or on a computer by going to our Web site and clicking on "OverDrive" in the "Quick Links".  The OverDrive page on our Web site includes Tip Sheets which walk you through how to use OverDrive with a variety of eBook readers and mobile devices, like smart phones, iPads and tablets.

Learn a new language

PowerSpeak Languages is an online language-learning program which you access through our Web site.  Click on "Research" then log in to "My Giant Search" with your Library card number and PIN.  Choose "PowerSpeak Languages" from the list of databases. You can learn Spanish, French, German or Mandarin as well as English for Spanish speakers. PowerSpeak is fun and easy to use.

Listen to Music

Naxos Music Library may also be found in "My Giant Search", and is a collection of classical, jazz, world and popular music.  There is a Naxos Music Library app as well, so you can listen on the go on an Android or Apple device.  For more information about the App visit our Web site and click "Research", then "Apps and Mobility".

Fix your Car

Do you like to tinker with your engine?  There are two databases in "My Giant Search" which can help. Auto Repair Reference Centre includes information like wiring diagrams, technical bulletins and recall notices for specific vehicles.  It also has care and repair tips, troubleshooting advice and general information.    Chilton is a well known name in auto repair.  Chilton's online database includes repair, maintenance and recall information.

Register for a  program

To find out what's going on at Your Library, and even register for a program, check out our online calendar.  Click "Get Involved" on our Web site, then follow the link to the calendar. Click on the name of any program for more information, including online registration for some events.  You can ask the online calendar to email you when programs are coming up, using the "Notify me" link, or to remind you about a specific event using the "Remind me" link. 

Join us Online

Are you a fan of Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest?  So are we!  Your Library has a Facebook page, we are @TBayPL on Twitter and we love Pinterest as much as you do!  We also have a few blogs, use for sharing recommended Web sites, and HistoryPIN for historic photos.  To find links to Your Library on the Social Web click "Get Involved", then "Join us Online" on our Web site.

We want our online services and collections to be easy for you to use. Please help us reach this goal by taking two minutes to do an online survey. Follow the link on our Web site under "Get Involved" / "Online Survey". We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Joanna Aegard

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