Well, I don’t necessarily think that it’s out for revenge, but OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile will be visiting Pittsburgh once more this week. We’ll have two full days of bookmobile goodness, where you can stop by and learn about the library’s downloadable ebooks, audio books, and videos (you can also enjoy their refreshing air conditioning).
Friday, August 5th – Market Square, 10 AM – 3 PM
Saturday, August 6th – Pittsburgh Public Market, 10 AM – 4 PM
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's free downloadable content!
Super-friendly OverDrive staff will be on hand to tell you just how to get that book onto your nook. And when I say super-friendly, boy do I mean it. Those OverDrive people make us look like grumpy jerks, and that takes some doing. Heck, even their truck driver is a cool guy. I love OverDrive, and they’re not paying me to say that, either (though they once bribed me with an orange frisbee).
So stop by on Friday or Saturday, and see what we have to offer!
– Amy, not a grumpy jerk, but a rather pleasant librarian
But what exactly is a Digital Bookmobile?
The Digital Bookmobile is much larger in person.
According to OverDrive (and they should know), it’s a “high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades…equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players. Interactive computer stations give visitors an opportunity to search the digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and download and enjoy audiobooks and video from the library.”
Basically, it’s a huge trailer full of really cool toys. I should know, as I visited it in Cleveland last July. Admittedly, at the time I was most struck by the air conditioning, but it was the height of summer.
You can enjoy both downloadable audiobooks and climate control in the Digital Bookmobile.
Inside the digital bookmobile there are all sorts fun things – you can explore our downloadable audio and video collections, play with different MP3 and media players (a great hands-on experience for those who still aren’t sure what to buy), watch downloadable videos in action, and talk to staff from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and OverDrive. And not that librarians aren’t nice, but those OverDrive staffers are some of the nicest people ever – when I went to their conference in Cleveland, they gave me a frisbee. That was awesome.
But I digress. Forget my new frisbee and my obsession with air conditioning, and remember the important part: OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile will visit CLP – Main from 11:30 – 2:30 on Monday, October 5th. We hope to see you there!
New York City loves the Digital Bookmobile and you should, too!
If our bazillion movies on DVDs and VHS tapes aren’t enough for you, why not stop by and watch a movie here at the Main library? You can meet some new people, hang out in our air conditioning, and impress your friends with your newfound cinematic knowledge. Just pick the series that suits you best!
- International Cinema Sunday
First Sunday of each month at 2 PM
Highlighting films from around the world! Watch out, there will be subtitles.
- Double Dose
Second Saturday of each month at 1 PM
Featuring a classic and a current movie in a different genre each month. Come to one or both!
- Real to Reel Documentary Film Series
Third Thursday of each month at 7 PM
Need a reality check? Come see why true stories are as entertaining as fiction.
If you (heaven forbid) miss a film that you really really wanted to see, just look it up in the catalog. All of these movies go into our regular collections after the screenings.
All films are shown in the Center for Museum Education – Classroom A.
- From the front entrance: Walk straight through the First Floor, down the rear stairs, and through the glass doors. Classroom A is on the right.
- From the rear (portal) entrance: Walk straight past the museum security office (on the left) and through the glass doors. Classroom A is on the left.
If you get lost, just ask one of the guards or employees!