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Library sells surplus equipment, supplies

by Joe Gamm | October 31, 2018 at 4:01 a.m. | Updated October 31, 2018 at 12:12 p.m.
Douglas Goertz shows his 2-year-old daughter, Violet Goertz, how to view library checkouts Tuesday on an electronic tablet. The pair visited the digital bookmobile that was parked in front of Missouri River Regional Library. Goertz said his wife and daughter visit the library on occasion to avail themselves of computers and printers, along with children's programming.

The Missouri River Regional Library has been busy early this week.

Sunday was the final day of a pop-up book sale.

More than 400 screaming children participated in games and activities during Howlin' Halloween on Monday evening, library officials said.

Staff held preschool story time outdoors at the library Tuesday morning. But also on Tuesday, MRRL hosted the 42-foot-long Digital Bookmobile. Along with the traveling exhibit, the library had a food truck and outdoor games available for recreation.

MRRL staff received training for the bookmobile before opening it to the public. Staff shared what they learned with library patrons who wished to explore digital services and the library of e-books, e-magazines and audio books the library offers.

The bookmobile is offered by OverDrive, one of two providers of electronic materials for the library, according to library director Claudia Cook.

"The bookmobile travels the country providing awareness of e-materials in libraries," Cook said. "It has demonstrations on how to use (book-borrowing) apps anything you want to know."

Lauren Bajda, a digital media event specialist with OverDrive, said staff is teaching people how to borrow books and audio on the Libby app - OverDrive's "one-tap reading app." It even allows the download of audiobooks.

Books can be read in the device on which the app is loaded or transferred to Kindle, Bajda said.

"We distribute the books to schools and libraries," she said. "Libraries buy the books from us and make them available to the public."

The app allows users to "borrow" books from MRRL for three weeks. Books will be returned with no late fees. Books may also be placed on hold using the app.

Within the app, readers are able to find definitions of words, highlight passages or attach notes within books.

"Any book can become 'large print.' People can also change background color," Bajda said.

The app even includes a font called Opendyslexic, which is intended to make reading easier for people with dyslexia.

The vehicle is on a national tour. In its lifetime, it has traveled more than 200,000 miles.

The stop in Jefferson City was to be one of two in Missouri during this trip.

Across the street from where the bookmobile was set up, staff held an office equipment sale Tuesday afternoon in the library annex. The library is moving out of the annex, which they rented, because of mold concerns.

MRRL has moved staff from the annex into the main branch of the library and also into separate offices. Administration are now located at 308 E. High St., Suite 208, while Technology Services, Information Technology, Adult Services and Teen Services have squeezed into staff space and previously public spaces in the main library.

The library announced its intention to move out of the annex early this month.

"We have rented storage space, so we have all the extra stuff we want to keep for future use here and at Osage County," Cook said. "People work differently now than they used to. We don't need as much physical space."

The library sold desks, coffee makers, electronics, planters, bowls, supplies and even artwork Tuesday. Years ago, the library checked out the artwork for people to hang in their homes and businesses, said Natalie Newville, MRRL marketing manager.

Items went quickly Tuesday afternoon.

Jake Durham, of Jefferson City, said he saw the sale on Facebook early this morning. He bought a number of large items, including an aqua desk from the 1950s.

"I'm picking up one of those easels," Durham said, "and a desk."


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