Thursday, August 18, 2011

Downloadable ebooks go live at Randolph library’s Digital Depot

Much in demand downloadable ebooks will be available from the Randolph County Public Library’ Digital Depot starting Monday, August 22, but the library’s Facebook fans are getting a sneak preview.

The initial ebook collection contains more than 360 popular titles ranging from Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy to the 2012 edition of the job hunting classic What Color is Your Parachute.

Ebooks currently are available for all e-readers except’s Kindle. Kindle ebooks will be available soon, possibly as early as September.

Borrowers will check out ebooks from the Digital Depot, a website provided by the library’s ebook vendor OverDrive. A library card will be required to check out.

The website will be reachable from the library’s own websites, and, and directly from a web address that will be released Monday.

OverDrive mobile apps are available for iPad, tablet PC and smartphone users.

The ebooks also will be added to the library catalog. A simple title search will indicate whether a copy in ebook format is available, and a keyword search solely for ebooks also will be available.

Ebook borrowers will have to download and install a small program from the Digital Depot website. Then, they will be able to check out ebooks, download them and transfer them to an e-reader.

They also can place holds on titles that are checked out.

A step-by-step guide is available on the website, and users can call the Asheboro library Reference Desk at 318-6803 for further assistance.

To obtain a library card, which is free, visit any of the seven libraries. Adults must provide a valid photo ID and proof of address; a parent or guardian must co-sign for children 15 years old and younger.

The library on Wednesday provided access to the Digital Depot for its Facebook fans. To become a fan, visit

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Friends of the Library to host education advocate Marisol Romero

Barriers that young people face in obtaining a higher education due to their immigration status will be the focus of a talk by Marisol Romero at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 18, at the Asheboro library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the talk is free and the public is invited.

A rising senior at Harvard studying human development and regenerative biology, Romero graduated from Asheboro High School in 2008.

She is spending the summer volunteering with the Latino Coalition of Randolph County to help educate the public on access to higher education for young people who are immigrants but have already-substantial ties to the United States.