Summer Reading Challenge 2017

By - Systems Librarian May 29th, 2017

Today marks the launch of Ohrstrom Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. Stop by the library this week to pick up your official Summer Reading Challenge bookmark for ideas and suggestions on how to select different and interesting books to read over the summer vacation.

This reading challenge is for EVERYONE! Students, faculty, staff and families are all invited to participate. Also attached to the bookmarks are two miniature heart-shaped seed papers, one to plant in the library garden and one to take home to enjoy. The theme of this summer’s reading program revolves around community, and we have acquired a plot in the SPS community garden for library patrons to plant their heart-shaped seed papers before they leave the grounds for the summer.

To participate in the challenge, bring back your bookmark in the fall with a list of the titles you’ve read and be entered into a raffle for a $25 Gibsons gift card. The drawing will be held during our Terrace Garden chips & salsa event in the fall.

Be sure to stop by the library to pick up your Summer Reading Challenge bookmark today!

 

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Ebsco eBooks

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 20th, 2014

In support of faculty summer reading, the library has purchased, in eBook form, both Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking (Cain) and The App Generation : How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World (Gardner, Davis), from library eBook vendor, Ebsco.

 

To note: Quiet has a one-eBook-one-user license, meaning it operates in the same way a print title operates: first to check it out will have it until it is returned.

The App Generation was (blessedly) available with an unlimited-user license, meaning all at SPS could (if desired) read/access the title at the same time.

 

These eBooks can be read within the Ebsco eBook browser reader, with it’s navigatable table of contents and keyword search feature.

 

Reading Ebsco eBooks on a Mac?  Ebsco recommends the Schubert|it PDF Browser plugin.

 

Ebsco eBooks can also be downloaded with Adobe Digital Editions, allowing them to be read when offline. Adobe Digital Editions is downloadable at the Adobe site: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html

Additional information on downloading Ebsco eBooks is available on their help site, esp., this page as well as this Ebsco-produced eBook video tutorial.

 

 

eBook Collection Highlight: Study Guides & College Admissions

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 31st, 2012

Read Ohrstrom’s eBook collections while away for the summer!  Simply visit vpn.sps.edu & log in using your SPS user name and password.

Next, click on the library link and search the library catalog.

To retrieve only eBooks, use the advanced search feature to limit by item type ‘eBook.’

Preparing for college admission?  Consider a subject search for “Universities and Colleges, Admission.”

Studying for entrance exams?  Consider a subject search for “SAT, Study Guides.”

All of Ohrstrom’s eBooks can be read on a personal computer.  No special e-reader is required.  Happy e-reading!