TRANSPARENT LANGUAGE ONLINE

Our patrons now have unlimited access to more than 90 online language courses. Learn a new language on your own time, at your own pace in the library, in the comfort of your own home, or on the go with the Transparent Language app for the iPhone® and Android™.
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DeSoto Director’s Notes for October

We need to see you at the library!   We have planned a full month of activities for both adults and children.  We are bringing back our nature talks and walks series from last year and hope you will participate.  In addition, we have two presentations centered on the upcoming votes on local and constitutional issues.  We will be celebrating Dictionary Day on the 16th with word games, so come in and check your skill.  We are also adding a quarterly preschool nature walk and activity; this month we will meet at Morgan Park to enjoy our little ones and experience nature together.

If you would like to take advantage of the cooler (ever so slightly) weather and take a walk, come join us at the library as we walk and talk every Friday.

We will also be partnering with the DeSoto Historical Society and the Arts and Humanities Council in the Pine Level Art and Archaeology activities.  Come in and enjoy the art and quilt exhibits and the work our children have done in advance of the festivities on Oct. 18.

Hope to see you soon and often.

Linda

READ YOUR FAVORITE MAGAZINES ON YOUR TABLET

The rising ubiquity of ebooks has seen a lot of media coverage. By late 2012 the number of Americans who had read an ebook in the last year jumped to nearly a quarter of those over the age of 16. Libraries are as enthusiastic about providing access to information as ever, and many offer downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, music, and even online courses. In an ongoing effort to improve its services, last week the Heartland Library Cooperative rolled out yet another option in digital content: digital magazines.
Zinio, styled as the world’s largest newsstand, provides libraries with digital access to popular magazines from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Mexico. So far over 1000 library systems have subscribed, and HLC is excited to be one of them. At the moment there are 40 titles available through the Cooperative’s website. These include popular titles like Us Weekly, Prevention, Shape, National Geographic, Shape, Woman’s Day, Runner’s World, Cosmopolitan and many more. You can read your Zinio magazines on your tablet, smart phone or computer. Once you have downloaded the magazine, it is yours to keep.

HERE NOW! DIGITAL MAGAZINES

Zinio for Libraries Account Set Up and Checkout Guide

Full digital copies of your favorite magazines are available through the Heartland Library Cooperative website. The Cooperative has subscribed to Zinio, an online service providing instant access to popular magazines. The magazines have no checkout limits. You are able to check out copies of your favorites and keep them as long as you like. The magazines may be downloaded to your computer, notebook, tablet or smart phone. We have magazines on art, automotive, entertainment, home, lifestyle, news, science and technology, sports and more. You will need a current, valid library card to be able to check out magazines. The directions for setting up your Zinio account are here:

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FREE ONLINE CLASSES

Did you know that as a member of the Heartland Library Cooperative you have received a free scholarship to higher education? Yes, the document that authorizes this scholarship is your library card. The Cooperative’s website listed on the back of your card (myhlc.org) is the portal to this opportunity. Once you’ve accessed the website, look for the section labeled “e-media” on the left hand side of the page. Go to the last item “Universal Class Online Classes.” Clicking on this will take you to a Registration page for Universal Class New Members. Once registered, you can peruse what subjects are available among the 500 offered courses. These range from Accounting to Writing Skills and everything in between, including GED preparation. You may enroll in up to 5 courses at a time and have six months to complete a particular course. A “real” class instructor is assigned and communicates with each student via personal email. The classes are self- paced. Why not give Universal Class a try? I’m sure you’ll find something personally interesting among the 500 courses offered and hey, maybe we might cook together sometime!–Frank Phillips, Library Assistant.