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Dowdell Library Card Offers Access to Hi-Tech

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SOUTH AMBOY – Dowdell Library will be celebrating its 102nd anniversary this year and is happy to announce that South Amboy residents have access to the latest and greatest in hi-tech!  Check out the following services and either drop in or access downloadable services via the website at www.dowdell.org

Free Downloadable E-books & E-audio– Enjoy these collections on your computer (PC or Mac) or transfer the title to a compatible eBook reader (including Kindle, Nook, Sony, iPad, and iPod Touch). Browse the eBooks collection to find popular and classic novels, non-fiction, study guides, mysteries, romance, Young Adult literature, and more!! Just go to www.dowdell.org, select Dowdell Library, and sign in using your 14 digit library card number.  Join in on the Advantage program to get first dibs on new releases. E-book help is also available.

Kindles– Dowdell Library has a selection of Kindles that adults can borrow for two weeks. Each kindle is loaded for every reading level. Patrons can borrow one kindle at a time, and parents must sign out Kindles for teens and young children.

Boopsie – Library App. Have the Dowdell Library at your fingertips 24/7.  From any mobile phone connected to the Internet you can instantly tap into library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the library catalog, check your account, ask a question, and more!  The App even offers a feature called BookLook that allows you to scan a book ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the Dowdell Library owns it. If you’re at a bookstore you can just scan the book’s ISBN barcode, see if the library owns it, and if so, just place a reserve on it right from your phone.

Zinio – The award-winning digital magazine service is also available. Your library card gives you access to over 100 magazine titles, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Cosmopolitan, Elle, ESPN, Marie Claire, and much more! All you have to do is create an account, put in your 14 digit library card, and be all set to browse the collection!

Indieflix – This streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries. Use your library card through our website to create an account and start viewing films immediately.

Free Wi-Fi. – Dowdell Library offers free wireless web access for patrons using personal devices such as cell phones, Kindles, and iPads.  Need to print a document off your wireless device? Now you can with the wireless printer. Log onto the Dowdell Library website to get the App to automatically print from your cell phone, laptop or iPad.

Scanner- Dowdell Library now has a large format scanner to preserve South Amboy heritage. Drop in any evening and ask us to add your South Amboy memorabilia to our archives; we’ll scan the photograph or South Amboy memorabilia on the spot.

Sadie Studio – Children, teens and adults could have fun with make-it-yourself (MIY) projects that are geared towards STEM learning. Learn how to use a 3D printer! Participants will be able to make three dimensional objects online, then transfer their work to the 3d printer; a Librarian will assist. Moreover, enjoy using fun electronic kits, making healthy smoothies, 3D printing, hand crafts and sewing, and many more technologies.

Faxes, photocopier, etc. – Dowdell Library provides the option to fax documents; a small charge covers telecommunications’ costs.  A photocopier and computer printer can be used any time during library hours.

SmartPay – Have a fine, but don’t have cash on you? Now you can pay online with SmartPay. Just log onto the library website and type in your 14 digit library card number and four digit pin to access your account and pay online.

Need homework help? Ask your librarian!  Get quality online resources such as JerseyClicks on the library’s web page. Resources are available for consumer or health advice as well as educational resources for every age – from elementary school to college-level.

National Library Week takes place in April.  Special programs as well as the monthly calendar will be highlighted on the library’s webpage.

The library is adjacent to the South Amboy High School off O’Leary Blvd. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10 am – 8 pm; Wednesday and Friday 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday 12 noon – 4 pm. Directions: www.dowdell.org   For additional information, contact

the library at comments@dowdell.org or 732-721-6060.

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