Friday, February 24, 2012

eBooks by Penguin Publisher no longer available.

Starting  (February 10, 2012), Penguin will no longer offer
additional copies of eBooks and download audiobooks for library purchase.

Additionally, Penguin eBooks loaned for reading on Kindle devices will
need to be downloaded to a computer then transferred to the device
over USB.

For library patrons, this means Penguin eBooks will no longer be available
for over-the-air delivery to Kindle devices or to Kindle apps.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Need practice tests for ACT or GED testing?

Use Talcott's Reference Database...
Gale Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) 
Easy and inexpensive way to prepare!

Whether it's preparing admission materials or getting a heads-up on preparatory tests, the Gale Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) is Talcott Free Library’s online tool designed to help students — from high school to graduate school to specialty school — prepare to make their further education decisions easier. This online database is available to Talcott patrons through the Talcott website to use from home or at the library.

Loaded with information on colleges, technical schools and executive programs. Includes free online practice ACT, GED entrance, certification and professional license exams that show students what to expect and how to prepare to get to — and excel at — the next level.

TERC also helps interested scholars prepare financially for their endeavor by identifying financial aid and other monetary sources available to them and offers tips on how to secure these available funds.

Students and seasoned professionals, TERC helps users identify a career path with a career assessment test and key information on more than 1,100 occupations. Plus, the Resumé Builder and Virtual Careers Library makes this perfect for job seekers by providing specific examples and tips for the job search.

Go to Talcott’s website:
Click on:  "Online Databases"
Click on:  “Gale Testing and Education Reference Center”.
Use your Talcott patron barcode as Patron ID to login.  

For more information, call Talcott at 815-624-7511

Friday, February 17, 2012


Now available for iPad.

If your new to “TUMBLEBOOKS”, you can find the link by going to the the Talcott website's homepage.  Under "Quick Links", click on "TumbleBooks".

You can also go to the Youth Services on the top drop down and click on Parent / Teacher Resources 

When "TumbleBooks" comes up you can click on any link you want. There are so many things for your children to do; you’ll wonder why you didn’t come here sooner.

Choose any of the Large link buttons on the page or the little ones across the top. 
When you click on the Story Book link, there will be new choice of  buttons,
To bring up only the iPad Books click on the little iPad Books button across the top of the Story Books page. Your book will be animated, read to me or read. Click on the button just above the the books picture where it says iPad. Your book will start playing for you.

When you click on the Index tab at the top, you can see how much is available.

TumbleBooks are now availabe for iPad and iPhone 4.
There will be more iPad books avaiable in the coming months. Keep checking back.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pajama Party Returns

Friday, March 9
6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for a fun-filled night at the library.
Wear your pajamas!
For children ages 3-8 with accompanying adult.
Registration required at the library. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Historical Event @ Talcott

Boston Massacre
Presented by Ray H. Swenson
Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 pm

Learn more about what actually happened in Boston, MA on the evening of March 5, 1770.  This lecture will help you understand the beginnings of the British/American rebellion against the King of England. 

Former history teacher, Ray H. Swenson, dressed as a British soldier will present pictures and maps of the time and share this interesting piece of our history --including "behind the scenes" roles of legends!  Free presentation at Talcott.  No registration required.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Returning Library eBooks

Returning Library eBooks
from your Nook or other e-reader

Your library book will expire after the lending period is over and you won’t be able to access it on your Nook or other e-reader any more. But if you want to return the ebook before the lending period is over, either so that you can check out more or just because you want other people to have access to the ebook, you can also return it just like you would a regular book.
Returning it is easy in Adobe Digital Editions, but it has to be done from both your e-reader and your computer.
First, plug in your e-reader and turn it on. Click the icon in Adobe Digital Editions to view your ebook library. Click on the little arrow in the upper-left-hand corner of the title image and select “Return Borrowed Item”:

Once the book disappears, open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer and click on the “All Items” bookshelf. 

Find the book, and repeat the returning process. If you go to your library’s website and visit Overdrive, your book should no longer be on your bookshelf either. If it is, go back to Adobe Digital Editions and check any of its bookshelves for copies of your book.

audioBooks on the Go...

Learn to browse, check out, and download digital audio books and more from your library's Virtual Branch website.

1. Scroll down the window and choose the type of audioBook you want. Fiction or Nonfiction.

First thing you will notice after you have clicked on the AudioBook Fiction tab on the left side of the screen is how many books there are. That doesn't mean how many are available, it is how many are in the OMNI Libraries system.

You can also check in the little box at the top to Only show titles with copies available.
As you scroll down there are books to add to cart or put on hold.

Below your choice there are icons that tell you what format the comes in. WMA OR MP3. You will need to click on "Supported Portable Audio Devices" on the left if you don't know which format you need.

After you choose your book and follow the directions to download. The Overdrive window comes up and choose to download all parts. You can watch the progress in the lower task bar of the OverDriver window.

When it's finished connect your device and click on Transfer on the top.

The following directions are in your “MY HELP” help section