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Finding love on Overdrive

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Libraries contain plenty of books about love -- romance novels, classic literature, relationship advice, chocolate cookbooks, picture books, and more. A quick search on the subject of "love" in the Delta County Libraries catalog reveals intriguing titles such as "$10 Great Dates," "Post Romantic Stress Disorder" and "Kissing in America," just to name a few. Apparently, a resourceful library patron can find love, keep love, get over love, work through love, avoid love, and other topics, just by locating the right book.

Many of those books can be found on library shelves, but many more are available through OverDrive, which is an online service used by Delta County Libraries to provide electronic books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines to patrons. OverDrive is available to anyone who has a valid Delta County Libraries card. Titles are available for all sorts of devices, from smartphones to iPads to computers.

Delta County Libraries shares the OverDrive system with a number of other Colorado libraries, utilizing a group purchasing system which provides many more titles than Delta County alone would be able to afford. Because of this partnership, Delta County Libraries card holders have free access to more than 14,000 electronic books and almost 4,000 electronic audiobooks. Users can browse, place holds, renew, and check out items just like in a regular library, and, because materials return automatically, there are no overdue fines or fees for losing items.

OverDrive is set up to search for items easily by title, material type, age level, and genre, with a whole section devoted to romantic fiction. Non-fiction books about love and relationships are easy to find in a few steps, so Valentine's Day need not pass without appropriate reading material. Even if the libraries are closed, OverDrive is available through the Delta County Libraries website, www.deltalibraries.org.

"More and more people are discovering ebooks and checking out through our website," says interim director Lea Hart. "But we want to help everyone to have access. Whether you are completely clueless about where to start, or have just reached a dead end, our staff can help."

Staff members are available for one-on-one appointments in all Delta County Libraries. This is an opportunity for patrons at a variety of skill levels to sit down and work through questions and problems with a knowledgeable person. One-on-ones are a great way to learn about library resources, but staff can also help patrons with general technology issues.

"Some people may never learn to love technology," laughs Hart. However, with the right library tools, there is the potential for everyone to at least find a book on the subject.

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