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Library Happenings – Amazon buys can benefit library (Dec. 2, 2015 issue)

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday may already be waving at us in our rearview mirror, but there are still a lot of shopping days left before Christmas. If you shop at Amazon.com, you may be able to help the library with all those holiday purchases. Better yet, it won’t cost you a thing.
It’s a simple process. First, sign up at Smile.Amazon.com and choose the Unicoi County Public Library Foundation to benefit from your purchases. Then shop as you normally would through Amazon’s Smile portal. You get the same Amazon products and service at the same price. The only difference is that the library receives a donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation, which is equal to 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible items. There are some items that do not qualify for a donation, but the vast majority do.
Since I and many other friends of the library have been doing this for more than a year, that small percentage has started to pay off. I want to thank everyone who has taken part in this program and to encourage you to try it, too. Just remember to sign up first and then do your Amazon shopping through the Smile portal. This offer applies throughout the entire year, so don’t forget to Smile! Thank you!
Digital Periodicals
From the Tennessee R.E.A.D.S statistics that arrive in my inbox each month, I know that eBooks are increasingly popular with our patrons. While I personally prefer a nice weighty tome that will wake me up when it drops into my lap if I doze off, I do see the advantages of eBooks. They take up virtually no space, they go everywhere your smartphone or tablet goes, and the print size can be easily adjusted. Besides that, they can be borrowed at no charge with your patron ID card and you will never owe a late fee for them because they return themselves!
Now the Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. program has added digital periodicals to their collection. This one-year trial offers a selection of 116 titles, including “Better Homes and Gardens,” “Car and Driver,” “Field and Stream,” “Martha Stewart Living,” “National Geographic,” “Newsweek,” and “Popular Mechanics.” Story, naturally, is attracted to “Catster,” but “Dogster” is not her cup of tea. At the end of the trial, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will evaluate the response and choose to continue the titles that have proven to be the most popular.
The magazines come in the Nook periodicals format. It requires a Nook tablet or the free Nook reading app, which is available for Android, iOS, and Windows 8. Step-by-step instructions and a full list of the titles in the collection may be picked up at our circulation desk. Happy reading!