Thursday, September 10, 2009

NEIBORS Releases Digital Audiobook Application for Windows Mobile(R)

First in a Series of Mobile Apps for Over-the-Air Downloading From Libraries

(Cleveland, OH) - September 9, 2009 - NEIBORS announced the release of the first in a series of free digital book applications for mobile devices. OverDrive® Media Console(TM) for Windows Mobile® ( enables users with Windows Mobile phones to wirelessly download audiobooks, music, and video to their devices and play the titles with the same superior navigation features of OverDrive's desktop software. To view a list of supported devices including Sprint Palm Treo(TM), AT&T Samsung Jack(TM), and Verizon HTC Touch Pro(TM), visit
With OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile, audiobook readers can now instantly download over the air from the Fort Dodge Public Library. Patrons can find libraries that offer digital audiobooks, music, and video for over-the-air downloading at
"OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile is the first in a series of free mobile applications that will enable readers to access and enjoy digital audiobooks on the go," said David Burleigh, director of marketing for OverDrive. "This further expands mobility and access to audiobook downloads for library and retail partners, and sets the stage for future support on additional platforms including iPhone(TM) and BlackBerry®."
The free OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile application provides the same superior audiobook listening experience as the desktop version of OverDrive Media Console, which boasts millions of PC and Mac® users worldwide. Users can navigate downloaded parts using MediaMarkers(TM), create bookmarks, and resume from the last point played. Audiobooks, music, and video downloaded from a public library automatically expire so there are no late fees.
OverDrive also operates the Digital Bookmobile (, a high-tech 18-wheeler traveling across North America on behalf of public libraries to raise awareness about free library downloads. Follow the Digital Bookmobile national tour on Twitter (@digibookmobile) and Facebook (

About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for hundreds of publishers and thousands of libraries, schools, and retailers serving millions of end users. OverDrive provides the largest collection of iPod®-compatible audiobooks to libraries worldwide. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, OH.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

The Small Engine Repair Reference Center has schematics, drawings and step-by-step repair instructions for all types of small engines.
If you need help with All Terrain Vehicles, Generators, Boat Motors, Motorcycles, Outdoor Equipment, Personal Water Craft, Snow Machines, Snow Blowers or Tractors, the Small Engine Repair Reference Center has everything in one easy to use location.
The Small Engine Repair Reference Center does require a username and password. Contact the Reference Desk at 515-573-8167 x224 for your free username and password.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Websites for Kids

The American Library Association maintains a list of websites that are appropriate for children. The sites have information that may be used to help childrens explore the world, satisfy their curiosity, or use for school work. Click the icon above to explore Websites for Kids.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Download Center for iPod, iPhone, and MP3 Players

One-Click Audio has introduced more than 1,000 eAudiobook titles in the MP3 file format that are compatible with virtually all MP3 players, including Apple’s iPod® and iPhone® and many other portable audio devices.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New From Film Movement

The library has received Window from Film Movement.

The movie has received the following honors:

WINNER— FIPRESCI, Valladolid International Film Festival

NOMINATED— Golden Spike, Valladolid International Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION— Toronto International Film Festival, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Rome Cinema Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION— Cairo International Film Festival, Havana International Film Festival, Gotenborg International Film Festival

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Have you ever wondered why libraries remove books from their collections. The following web site will give you great examples of why we do what we do.

Awful Library Books

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Books @ Your Library

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley

It's the beginning of a lazy summer in 1950 at the sleepy English village of Bishop's Lacey. Up at the great house of Buckshaw, aspiring chemist Flavia de Luce passes the time tinkering in the laboratory she's inherited from her deceased mother and an eccentric great uncle. When Flavia discovers a murdered stranger in the cucumber patch outside her bedroom window early one morning, she decides to leave aside her flasks and Bunsen burners to solve the crime herself, much to the chagrin of the local authorities. But who can blame her? What else does an eleven-year-old science prodigy have to do when left to her own devices? With her widowed father and two older sisters far too preoccupied with their own respective pursuits and passions—stamp collecting, adventure novels, and boys—Flavia takes off on her trusty bicycle Gladys to catch a murderer. In Alan Bradley's critically acclaimed debut mystery, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, adult readers will be totally charmed by this fearless, funny, and unflappable kid sleuth. But don't be fooled: this carefully plotted detective novel (the first in a new series) features plenty of unexpected twists and turns and loads of tasty period detail. As the pages fly by, you'll be rooting for this curious combination of Harriet the Spy and Sherlock Holmes. Go ahead, take a bite. By Lauren Nemroff for review.

The Color of Lightning
by Paulette Jiles

In 1863, the War Between the States creeps slowly yet inevitably toward its bloody conclusion—and eastern thoughts are already turning to different wars and enemies.
Searching for a life and future, former Kentucky slave Britt Johnson is venturing west into unknown territory with his wife, Mary, and their three children—wary but undeterred by sobering tales of atrocities inflicted upon those who trespass against the Comanche and the Kiowa. Settling on the Texas plains, the Johnson family hopes to build on the dreams that carried them from the Confederate South to this new land of possibility—dreams that are abruptly shattered by a brutal Indian raid upon the settlement while Britt is away establishing a business. Returning to face the unthinkable—his friends and neighbors slain or captured, his eldest son dead, his beloved Mary severely damaged and enslaved, and his remaining children absorbed into an alien society that will never relinquish its hold on them—the heartsick freedman vows not to rest until his family is whole again.
Samuel Hammond follows a different road west. A Quaker whose fortune is destroyed by a capricious act of an inscrutable God, he has resigned himself to the role the Deity has chosen for him. As a new agent for the Office of Indian Affairs, it is Hammond's goal to ferret out corruption and win justice for the noble natives now in his charge. But the proud, stubborn people refuse to cease their raids, free their prisoners, and accept the farming implements and lifestyle the white man would foist upon them, adding fuel to smoldering tensions that threaten to turn a man of peace, faith, and reason onto a course of terrible retribution.
A soaring work of the imagination based on oral histories of the post–Civil War years in North Texas, Paulette Jiles's The Color of Lightning is at once an intimate look into the hearts and hopes of tragically flawed human beings and a courageous reexamination of a dark American history. From the Publisher.

All the Living
by C.E. Morgan

Morgan's enchanting debut follows the travails of a young woman who moves to Kentucky with her bereaved lover in 1984. Aloma, herself an orphan from a young age, leaves her job at the mission school where she was raised to help her taciturn boyfriend, Orren, with his family farm after his family is killed in a car accident. Once at the farm, he retreats into himself and working the land, leaving Aloma to wrestle with her desire to pursue her dream of being a concert pianist. As her relationship with Orren becomes more collision than cohabitation, Aloma finds in a local preacher a deep friendship that complicates her feelings for Orren, who drags his feet on marrying her. Young Aloma's growing understanding of love and devotion in the midst of deep despair is delicately and persuasively rendered through the lens of belief—be it in religion, relationships or music. Morgan's prose holds the rhythm of the local dialect beautifully, evoking the land, the farming lifestyle and Aloma's awakening with stirring clarity. From Publishers Weekly, Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

The Forgotten Garden
by Kate Morton

A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book -- a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and with very little to go on, "Nell" sets out on a journey to England to try to trace her story, to find her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. At Cliff Cottage, on the grounds of Blackhurst Manor, Cassandra discovers the forgotten garden of the book's title and is able to unlock the secrets of the beautiful book of fairy tales. From the Publisher.

Prayers for Sale
by Sandra Dallas

The idea of selling prayers conjures images of pre-Reformation Catholicism or, at the very least, stops you in your tracks to think a bit. When Nit Spindle, a newcomer to Middle Swan, Colorado, spots Hennie Comfort’s sign, “Prayers for Sale,” she stops to buy a prayer and gains a friend. At 86, Hennie has a passel of stories to tell (one is how she got her name) and finds in Nit an eager listener and kindred spirit. In the telling of Hennie’s life—her two marriages, her brush with evil, her dead babies—and in the gradual elicitation of Nit’s lonely ponderings, the reader is treated to an oral history of a mountain town and the women who run it while the men are chasing their dreams of gold. Hennie considers passing along her stories and her knowledge of mountain life to Nit a fit pastime, in preparation for her departure from town. Like the lives narrated, this novel, by the author of Tallgrass (2007), runs the gamut of heartache, hardship, and happiness as Dallas skillfully weaves past into present and surprises everyone at the end. Fans of Lee Smith (Fair and Tender Ladies, 1988), Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees, 2002), and Kaye Gibbons (Charms for the Easy Life, 2003), will love this book. From Jen Baker for Booklist.
All Other Nights
by Dara Horn

All Other Nights is a gripping epic about the great moral struggles of the Civil War. How is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army, it is a question his commanders have answered for him: on Passover in 1862 he is ordered to murder his own uncle, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln.
After that night, will Jacob ever speak for himself? The answer comes when his commanders send him on another mission—this time not to murder a spy but to marry one.
A page-turner rich with romance and the history of America (North and South), this is a book only Dara Horn could have written. Full of insight and surprise, layered with meaning, it is a brilliant parable of the moral divide that still haunts us: between those who value family first and those dedicated, at any cost, to social and racial justice for all.