Library adds Zinio to services
by By DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
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Patrons of the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library will soon have the opportunity to access favorite magazines at the tip of their fingers.

Zinio, an online magazine database, is being incorporated into the online services offered to library patrons.

Library Director Andrew Hunt informed the library board the program will go live on Oct. 1. He said 45 magazines have been added to the library’s selection.

“You can set up reminders for yourself for when your next magazine comes out. There are all kinds of magazines … and you don’t have to turn them in,” Hunt said. “You can even view it on your phone, although it is a little more difficult.”

A Zinio app can be downloaded to handheld devices and computers. Users download as many magazines as they want. The online editions do not have to be returned within a certain time frame.

More information on the program will be made available by library staff for those interested.

Hunt announced the library will be closed following Veterans Day, from Nov. 12-14. Doors will open once again on Friday, Nov. 15. The time is needed to make a state-mandated change within the library’s computer system.

Board members spent time discussing the possibility of using the Bookmobile to reach elderly shut-ins within the community. The Bookmobile currently visits 18 Head Start and children-focused sites on a weekly basis.

Beth Mercer, director of the Ocoee River Regional Library, applauded the community program.

“It is a really innovative way to offer services to the community, rather than thinking in the way of branches,” Mercer said. “Some counties have multiple locations.”

Hunt said a program is already in place to address elderly shut-ins who might be interested in receiving books.

Book Buddies pairs a shut-in with a volunteer who will pick up books and deliver them to the individual in need. The board agreed to look into using the Bookmobile to reach an older audience while also spreading the word on Book Buddies.

In related library news:

- The board approved $10,000 from the library’s gift and memorials fund to be used for e-materials and youth programming. Hunt said the money would be split 80-20 with $8,000 being used for e-materials.

According to Hunt, certain books’ popularity paired with publishers’ demands creates high prices for e-books. Roughly 350 to 400 books will be purchased with the money granted by the board.

- Nikki Branem, the library’s former teen program coordinator, recently completed her master’s degree in library and information science and is now the teen librarian.

- Friends of the Library Association will host a book signing event with Janie Dempsey Watts, author of “Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge,” on Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets cost $35 per person.

- Library statistics from July and August were totaled and presented at the meeting: circulation, 21,283; juvenile circulation, 21,493; attendance, 53,006; computer use, 21,380; meeting room use, 135; 10 adult programs with a total of 59 attendees; 14 teen programs with a total of 210 attendees; and 70 children’s programs with a total of 2,109 attendees.