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For Immediate Release                                                         

May 1, 2014

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Sheri Costa-Batis
Public Communication and Engagement Manager
650.780.7305
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Redwood City One of Few Bay Area Stops on
National Overdrive Digital Bookmobile Tour
74-foot long Digital Bookmobile will stop for one day to teach community about the latest reading gadgets and the ease of downloading eBooks from the Library.

Redwood City, Calif. – The Redwood City Library welcomes the arrival of the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from noon to 6pm at the Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway. The 74-foot long, 18-wheel digital bookmobile is traveling 48 states and is making exclusive stops at only a few Bay Area libraries, including the Redwood Shores Branch Library. At this interactive event, residents will learn how easy it is to download eBooks from the library using the latest reading gadgets. Redwood City has an extensive eBooks collection that residents can access for free with a library card.

The Overdrive Digital Bookmobile is a modern and high-tech version of the traditional bookmobile. It allows residents to interact one-on-one with Overdrive and Redwood City Library staff, so residents can learn how to borrow eBooks and audiobooks from local libraries using a variety of devices. Residents will learn how to search, sample, borrow and return titles either on their own devices or on a number of tablets, computers and smartphones available for demonstration at the Digital Bookmobile.

Overdrive Digital Bookmobile selected Redwood City using a highly competitive selection process which included criteria such as “dramatic growth in eBook downloads.” The Redwood City Public Library is doubling its eBook collection every year, and wait lists for popular eBooks continue to rise.

“We are ecstatic we were chosen for this tour,” states Mayor Jeffrey Gee. “Our Library is time and time again awarded ‘five star ratings,’ and our eBook collection is vast. This event will help to demonstrate one of the many ways the Library makes learning fun and accessible for our community.”

The event will also feature live music by singer Amy Wigton performing family-style music from 4-5pm and a raffle for prizes including a Kindle.

“We are eager to help customers become familiar with the ease and convenience of borrowing from the library’s growing eBook collection,” states Dave Genesy, Redwood City’s Library Director. “And so the Digital Bookmobile is the perfect opportunity to promote awareness of our digital services.”

More About Redwood City Public Library & Its eBook Collection
The Redwood City Public Library has a robust collection of eBooks and e-Audiobooks for adults, children and teens. Its eCollection features titles from indie authors to bestsellers by international writers. Titles can be downloaded to a variety of e-readers and tablet computers, including the Apple iPad and iPhone, the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Kindle.

The award winning Redwood City Public Library connects the community and inspires a love of reading and learning through innovative, visionary programming and services such as literacy programs, access to technology, and safe, inviting spaces for youth and families. It’s all online at www.redwoodcity.org/library.

To learn more about Overdrive’s tour stops, click here. If you’d like to learn about the world of eBooks offered through the Redwood City library, click here.

Videos of the inside of the bookmobile for members of the media are also available.

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