Local public libraries continue to provide access to free resources for education, personal growth, and entertainment while the library buildings are closed to the public. The Marinette County Public Libraries offer access to digital material through websites and apps including, RB Digital, OverDrive, and Hoopla. Because no one service can provide it all, these websites provide a wide variety of content to meet the needs and interests of children, teens, and adults in our County.
RB Digital combines a unique blend of resources, including digital audiobooks, digital magazines, and music instructional videos. Most audiobooks from the RB Digital website are always available and can be borrowed for up to 21 days. Over 100 current magazines are available in full-color; magazine topics include automotive, business and finance, current affairs, food and cooking, health and fitness, and travel. RB Digital also offers self-paced music instructional video lessons from music professionals; users may choose to learn to play instruments like guitar, saxophone, percussion, harmonica, and ukulele, or learn music theory.
OverDrive is the State-wide digital catalog that allows users from all across Wisconsin to borrow digital audiobooks, eBooks, and streaming movies. OverDrive includes many newly published titles and other high-demand, popular digital materials. While waiting for an eBook to become available, users may limit searches to “Available Now” to find eBooks and audiobooks to check out and use immediately.
The digital service, Hoopla, allows users to check out movies and TV shows, music, comics, audiobooks, and eBooks. These items are always available with no waiting period or commercials.
While it is true that reading an eBook is not like the physical act of holding a book in hand and turning pages, eBooks and other digital materials provide some advantages. First, eBooks and other digital materials are accessible even when the library is closed and at the user’s convenience. Second, digital materials are automatically returned on the due date, eliminating the need to remember to get books back to the library on time. Third, eReaders can adjust the size of the typeface to make reading accessible to people who prefer or require a larger print size. Finally, digital materials can go with users wherever a user goes. For example, audiobooks can be excellent companions while doing household chores, driving, or other activities.
To use any of these digital platforms, visit www.infosoup.org and click on “InfoSoup Online Resources”. There, library users will find information about registering a library card to use these sites. If a person living in Marinette County would like to register for a free library card, please visit www.infosoup.org and click on “Apply for a Library Card Online”. To renew an existing library card account, please call the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette at 715-732-7570 or your local branch library.
If you prefer to check out physical books, audiobooks, music, and movies, the Marinette County Public Libraries are open for curbside pick-up by appointment. Please contact your local branch library for details.