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Update on Library Services During Closure

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In an effort to continue to serve you during our closure, the Williamson County Public Library System has temporarily lifted restrictions on some services.  Everyone can access their account until the Library reopens as there is temporarily no fine limit on services.  Our patrons will be able to utilize the e-library including services such as Hoopla and R.E.A.D.S. even if they currently owe more than $3 on their Library account.

In order to access these services, your username is the library card barcode number and the pin/password is the last four digits of your library card barcode number. Everyone’s library card barcode number is 14 digits long.   E-Library services are available at: https://www.wcpltn.org/232/Digital-Books.

All Library card holder accounts that have expired since January 1, 2019 and accounts set to expire in the coming weeks, will be temporarily renewed through June 30, 2020.

All Library items currently checked out will not accrue fines or continue to accrue fines for the duration of this closure.

If you have a hold waiting at a Branch Library, it is still on hold.  Your Branch Library will have it waiting for you to pick up for up to 5 days past the date of our reopening which is still to be determined.  The ability to place holds on Library items has been suspended for the duration of this closure.

To receive email updates regarding Library services, subscribe to our e-newsletter at: https://www.wcpltn.org/277/Newsletter-Sign-Up

How To Use The OverDrive App

Just because the Library is closed doesn’t mean you won’t have access to a vast number of great FREE books until we reopen. With the OverDrive app, you can choose from thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages to download to your mobile device from the Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. database. Read on to learn how!  Also check out our blog articles on how to download eBooks, eAudiobooks and comics, stream movies and TV shows, and listen to music with the Hoopla app, or download magazines using the Flipster app.

The OverDrive app can be used on your iPhone/iPad, Blackberry, Android phone, tablet, Kindle Fire, Nook Color and Nook HD with the OverDrive Media Console app.


GET STARTED WITH THE OVERDRIVE APP

Go to the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon Appstore. Install the free OverDrive Media Console app ok  to your mobile device.

 

After you’ve downloaded the free app, you’ll be prompted to sign up for a new OverDrive account. You’ll be given the option to create your account with your library card number, Facebook, or email. We strongly recommend using your EMAIL ADDRESS as demonstrated below.

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After you’ve created your account, Overdrive Menu Page opens and you’ll be prompted to ADD A LIBRARY. Click on ADD A LIBRARY.

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Enter zip code 37064 in the search box to find Williamson County Public Library’s R.E.A.D.S website and then click SEARCH.

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Find the name of your branch on the list and click the name to select it. For the main library, click on Buffalo River Region – Williamson County Public Library, Franklin.

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You will only have to complete the above steps the first time you access R.E.A.D.S. using the OverDrive app. After that, you will simply click on the OverDrive app icon ok  on your device and sign in to your R.E.A.D.S. account.

 


SIGN IN TO YOUR R.E.A.D.S. ACCOUNT

After you click TENNESSEE READS, the R.E.A.D.S. home page opens. Click SIGN IN.

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You’ll be prompted for your library name. Choose WILLIAMSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY or the name of your branch (BETHESDA, COLLEGE GROVE, FAIRVIEW, LEIPER’S FORK or NOLENSVILLE) from the dropdown menu. Then type in your library card number and PIN and click SIGN IN. Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your library card number unless you have recently changed it.

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YOUR R.E.A.D.S. ACCOUNT

After you click SIGN IN, the Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. site opens. Click on the screenshot icon to go to your LOANS page, which shows all the items you have checked out. You can touch the  screenshot  icon to view your LOANS at any time.

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Click on the menu iconscreenshot  to access your ACCOUNT, which includes links to your HOLDS, WISH LIST, RECOMMENDATIONS, HISTORY and SETTINGS.

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Click on SETTINGS to choose your default lending period. We recommend choosing 21 days, the longest lending period allowed. You only have to set your lending period once.

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FIND AN eBOOK OR eAUDIOBOOK

To browse for books, click on the menu icon screenshot to search by SUBJECTS or COLLECTIONS (broad categories such as eBooks or eAudiobooks).

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Click the SEARCH icon screenshot to begin a search.  Click in the SEARCH box for a quick keyword search or click on ADVANCED for additional search options such as Title, Author, Subject, Format, Availability, or other criteria.

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After your search results are displayed, you can touch a book cover to get a description. eBooks are designated by a book icon underneath the cover image, while eAudiobooks have a headphone icon. The word AVAILABLE above the cover means the book can be checked out immediately, while WAIT LIST indicates the book is currently checked out and can be placed on hold.

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PLACE A BOOK ON HOLD

If the title you have selected is already checked out, you can be placed on the wait list for that title. Touch PLACE A HOLD.

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In the pop-up that opens, enter and confirm your email address. Then click PLACE A HOLD.

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When a title you have on hold becomes available, you will receive an email. You’ll have three days to borrow the title. You can then sign in to your R.E.A.D.S. account and go to your HOLDS menu to borrow the title.

 

 


BORROW A BOOK

To borrow an eBook or an eAudiobook that is available, click BORROW underneath the cover image.

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A screen will appear confirming the loan period. You may click on the down arrow to change the loan period. Click BORROW. On the next screen, click GO TO LOANS.

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Click DOWNLOAD EPUB ebook if you’re checking out an eBook or MP3 AUDIOBOOK if you’re checking out an eAudiobook. If you are using the OverDrive App on a Kindle Fire, Nook Color or Nook HD, you still need to choose the EPUB eBook format for eBooks.

After clicking DOWNLOAD, you’ll see that the title is being added to the OverDrive App.

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OPEN AND READ OR LISTEN TO YOUR BOOK IN THE OVERDRIVE APP

In Tennessee R.E.A.D.S., you can find, download, or place a book on hold, but to read or listen to your book, you must go to your OVERDRIVE APP BOOKSHELF. After you’ve added the book to your app as described above, click the OVERDRIVE MENU ICON  screenshot      . The app will usually be in the upper left-hand corner of your screen, although the location may vary depending on which device you’re using.

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Click on BOOKSHELF on the OverDrive “My Libraries” box.

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The OverDrive Bookshelf opens. Tap on a BOOK COVER to open it and begin reading or listening.

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RENEW YOUR LIBRARY BOOK

Renewing R.E.A.D.S. titles works differently than renewing physical books. Renewing a R.E.A.D.S title doesn’t extend your lending period. Instead, the title is borrowed again for you immediately after your current checkout expires. If there are existing holds, you will be placed on the wait list.

On your LOANS page, select the REQUEST AGAIN button under the title you’d like to renew. This option does not appear until three days before the title is due to expire.

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As soon as your current lending period ends (or your hold on the title is available), you’ll receive a notification email and have three days to borrow it. Sign in to your R.E.A.D.S. account and go to the HOLDS menu and select BORROW next to the title. Go to your LOANS page and download the book again.

 


RETURN A LIBRARY BOOK EARLY

Go to the OverDrive BOOKSHELF. Touch and hold the cover of the book you want to return.

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Click RETURN TO LIBRARY.

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Click RETURN.

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That’s it! Enjoy your digital reading!

Stuck at Home? Here’s Free Online Media to Binge from the Library

By Amy Shropshire

 

While the Williamson County Public Library is currently closed to the public, fighting off the spread of COVID-19, several changes have been made to the existing library policy.

  • We are no longer circulating physical materials. Patrons will no longer be able to place or pick up holds. Holds that have already been placed will be held for when we re-open and not expire.
  • No late fees will be assessed for materials currently checked out. Materials are still currently returnable through the book drop, but keeping them will not incur any fees until after we re-open to the public.
  • Patrons with recently expired cards, or cards expiring soon, have all been renewed until June 2020.
  • Fines will no longer be an impediment to accessing online resources. All patrons with an active and renewed library card should be able to access online materials such as Tennessee READS and Hoopla.
  • At present, staff will return calls and emails for patrons having technical difficulty accessing online resources and/or help answer queries.

So many people at home will need resources for both education and entertainment value, and we can still provide these resources through online media.

Here are some important things to remember when creating an account through our online resources.

  • We are part of Buffalo River Regional Library, so that will be the name you search for when creating an account.
  • The default PIN number is the last 4 digits of the library card number.
  • All library card numbers must be entered with no spaces to access online resources.

For example, Tennessee READS is a great online resource that offers over 100,000 e-books and audiobooks available to our patrons. You can download e-books and audiobooks to a computer, mobile device, and/or tablet. You can access Tennessee READS by downloading the apps, Overdrive and Libby, or you can access it through the library website.

 

 

Hoopla is another great resource if you are looking for more audio-visual media such as music, movies, and television shows. Not to mention Hoopla also has a comic book selection as well. Just remember to select carefully, because Hoopla is limited to 3 checkouts per month.

Another perk about Overdrive, Libby, and Hoopla are the accessibility features, which include:

  • dyslexic font
  • adjustable font size
  • adjustable audio speed
  • Hoopla has closed captioning

RBDigital also carries a variety of popular e-books and audiobooks if you can’t find something in Tennessee READS or if you run out of checkouts.

If you are looking for magazines, try Flipster! Flipster is an easy-to-use digital magazine newsstand that has new and back issues. Flipster is accessible via a web browser or the Flipster app which is made specifically for Apple devices, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire tablet. You can also download magazines to read offline, anytime, anywhere.

For something new and different, try the curated lists of the Indie Author Project. Published by Library Journal, the India Author Project pulls together lists by genre of the most talked about independently published work that often escapes notice. You might find your new favorite author there.

Whether you’re keeping up with your educational goals of if you’re wanting to learn something new, EBSCOhost is the online resource for you. EBSCOhost provides a plethora of materials from classics to educational nonfiction. Try our collection of EBSCOhost e-books and audiobooks available for checkout.

Speaking of educational resources, we have computer practice resources and databases full of new learning opportunities you can spend your time on. For example, GCFLearnFree has plenty of tutorials including basic money management, resume writing, computer skills, and technology help to name a few. GCFLearnFree also provides courses on communication skills and the sharing economy too. Feel free to browse their collection of tutorials as well as our other computer training options.

Staying at home is also a great time to finally publish that book you’ve always wanted to write, and we have the resources for that! Create your own independently published book through Pressbooks, and submit your work to the Indie Author Project, both of which make your work shareable.

While some of us may be stuck at home for public safety, this is the perfect opportunity to do the things you’ve never had time to do before. So stay home and read, learn, and create!

 

Additional Links:

Overdrive app for Android devices

Overdrive app for Apple devices

Libby app for Android devices

Libby app for Apple devices

 

YOU’LL FLIP OVER FLIPSTER

By Sharon Reily, Reference Department

Do you have piles of expensive magazines stashed around your house? Do you sometimes find it inconvenient to visit the Library to access your favorite periodicals? Check out Flipster, the Williamson County Public Library’s new digital resource that gives you instant access to popular magazines on your computer, smart phone, or tablet. It’s as easy as flipping a page . . . there’s no clutter . . . and it’s FREE!

You can choose from 57 different magazines on a variety of subjects covering sports, business, entertainment, home and garden, men’s and women’s health, food and cooking, news and politics, and travel.

GETTING STARTED WITH FLIPSTER

On Your Computer:

Go to WCPL’s website (wcpltn.org) and mouse over to Books & More on the homepage.

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Click on Flipster.

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In the top right corner of your screen, click Sign In.

Enter your library account number in the box and click Login.

You’re now signed in and you can start reading free digital magazines on your computer!

On Your Smart Phone or Tablet:

Download the Flipster app on your smart phone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Open the app and click Get Started.

In the Find My Library box, click Allow to let Flipster search your location for nearby libraries that offer Flipster.

Then click Log In next to Williamson County Public Library.Enter your library card number and click Login.

 

You can now start reading digital magazines on your smart phone or tablet!

FINDING AND READING MAGAZINES

 Once you’ve signed into Flipster, you can access magazines in several ways:

  • Search for a specific magazine by title.
  • Browse for magazines by subject.
  • Scroll through all magazines by clicking the right arrow.

Simply click on the magazine cover to open it.

  • Click All Issues to see other editions of the magazine.
  • Click Pages to see thumbnail images of all the pages in the issue.
  • Zoom in or out on a page by clicking the zoom buttons.
  • Click the right arrow to advance to the next page or click the back arrow to go back a page.

That’s all there is to it!  But if you’d like additional information on using Flipster, to go https://ebsco.libguides.com/flipster/flipsterapp, where you’ll find more detailed instructions, tips, FAQs, and video tutorials.

With Flipster, you can free space taken up by paper issues of magazines, save money on the cost of subscriptions, and read your favorite magazines whenever and wherever you’d like. Enjoy your digital magazines!

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