County's rural libraries expand online offerings

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WALLA WALLA — Free e-books, e-magazines, e-learning tools and many more e-sources.

The Walla Walla County Rural Library District has expanded its services on the web. Now members can download books, magazines, songs, job-finding and educational material right onto their electronic devices around the clock.

The cost of the new online services is $14,139, according to figures provided by Ana C. Romero-Figueroa, the district’s collection development librarian.

But don’t worry, it won’t cost library patrons more. The online services are included with a library card.

Cardholders can sign in on the district’s website at wwrurallibrary.com. and select any of the many portals, each offering something different.

Here is a short take on the offerings:

ZINIO — Unlimited access to complete digital copies of many popular magazines with no due dates or waiting lists, the same day they are on the newsstand. Download and keep copies identical to print copies with the same pictures and ads.

FREEGAL — Downloadable music from more than 10,000 labels in 65 different countries, sure to satisfy any music taste. Limit three tracks per week.

LearningExpress — Resources to help people prepare for many types of certifications and job hunting. Interactive tools for teaching basic skills in reading, writing and math, as well as preparing for tests, such as the GED, ACT and SAT.

Job & Career Accelerator — Personalized, step-by-step assistance for job seekers at all experience and education levels. Explore over 1,000 detailed occupation profiles to find available jobs in the area and create professional resumes, cover letters and improve work-related skills.

TumbleBookLibrary — More than 300 digital story books, including some in animated or read-along format, educational videos, games and puzzles for students from kindergarten to fifth grade.

OverDrive — A leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video in the nation. Purchase suggestions are welcome for items not found.

Walla Walla County Rural Library District cards are free for residents who live in or own property within the unincorporated areas of Walla Walla County and Prescott. Non-resident library cards are available at any branch library for $40 per year.

Evelyn Levine can be reached at evelynlevine@wwub.com or 509-526-8323.

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