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Try This Simple Way to Download an E-book or Audiobook with your Library Card

                If you’ve put off downloading an e-book or audiobook through the library because it felt like there were too many steps involved, here’s an easier and quicker way to do it.

            It’s called Libby, and it’s about the simplest reading app you’ll ever use. You can download it, free, using your Springfield-Greene County Library card. Libby is provided by OverDrive, the service that lets you borrow digital content from the library.

            Here’s how to do it:


Some helpful features: There are items for all ages, you can choose to read a sample and place holds, too.

If you prefer reading on your Kindle, Libby can send your library books to it.

You can download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space.

All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf.

You may keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab.

Positions, bookmarks and notes are kept in sync across your devices.

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      And how convenient is this? The Tuesday, Nov. 12, iPhone Class for Seniors from 1-3 p.m. at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch focuses on “App Store.” No registration required. Bring your iPhone or iPad for these free classes held every second and fourth Tuesday by veteran instructor Julie Mahaffey.

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      November is National American History and Founders Month, so the History Explorers program at 7 p.m. Tuesday NOV 12 in the Library Center auditorium focuses on the Battle of Yorktown and why it was such a decisive battle for the American Revolutionary War.

     Presenters will tell the story of the battle through the lives of the historic characters of Yorktown. Among them, Missouri Humanities Council Executive Director Dr. Steve Belko will talk about Benjamin Lincoln, while Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield librarian and author Jeff Patrick will talk about Joseph Plumb Martin’s role. Presented in partnership with the Sons of the American Revolution.

     The Siege of Yorktown was the last major battle of the war in the North American theater, prompting the British government to negotiate an end to the conflict. Learn about the decisive battle that revived French enthusiasm for the war, undermined popular support for the conflict in Great Britain and boosted faltering American morale. 


Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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