Gifting Tablets, Phones or E-readers this Season? Do This First!

If there are some tech gifts under your tree, make sure to make the most out of your gifts and have them ready to go out of the box. Tablets, e-readers, mp3 players and smart phones are all popular gifts this year and many of you may have some of these under your tree. Before gifting, take them out of the box and turn them on. You will not only know that you don’t have that rare dud that isn’t going to power up, but it will allow the device to update. It’s not much fun for anyone to unwrap a new tablet, only to find out that it needs a huge update right out of the box you have to wait three hours to use it. While you are at it, give it a full charge so that there will be plenty of time to play once it is opened.

Updated and charged? Now you can add the stuff to your tablet or phone that will make your gift even better.

Get Free Magazines: 
If the person you are giving the gift to likes magazine, load the Zinio app on their device. After that, you can download magazines to your tablet, computer or phone and read them for as long as you want. There isn’t any limit to how many magazines you can have on your device either. Some of the magazines that would be great to read are Better Homes and Gardens, Car and Driver, Cosmo (in English or in Spanish), the Economist, Girls Life and more. You do need your Liberal Memorial Library card number to sign up for an account (and if you don’t have a library card, those are free from the library), but the magazines are free.

Entertain the Kids for Hours: 
If the tablet or phone is a child or someone who has children, make sure to add the shortcut for Scholastic BookFlix and TumbleBooks. These are two collections of children’s stories. The program will read the book and the words and animations flash across the screen. For TumbleBooks, you don’t need anything but an Internet connection to access the books. Go to our library website ( and find the dancing blue book. TumbleBooks has some great books… My favorite is Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess read by Robert Munsch himself. They have new books as well, like Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. To get on BookFlix, you’ll need a State of Kansas Library Card (which is different from a Liberal Memorial Library Card). Don’t worry. Those are free and easy to get with a visit to the library. Both TumbleBooks and BookFlix have Spanish books as well!

We also have e-books and audiobooks available for download from the State Library. You need a State of Kansas Library card to check them out. Come in and get one before the holidays, and bring your tablet, e-reader or whatever and we will help you to get started downloading. The time after Christmas always brings a rush of people who want help, so beat that rush and come in now.

We have phenomenal resources that can be digitally accessed, giving you a library from your own home. By having a Liberal Memorial Library Card and a State of Kansas Library Card, you have access to these resources for free.

Zinio – Free magazines with a Liberal Memorial Library card. Sign up for a Zinio Account by clicking on the Zinio button on our website at

TumbleBooks-Animated children’s story books. No signup required! Free from our website at

BookFlix- Animated children’s story books. Free with a State of Kansas Library Card (which is available free at the library).

OneClick Audio Books – Free audio books with a State of Kansas Library Card.

3M Cloud Library – Free e-books with a State of Kansas Library Card.

Freading is Fundamental

If you’re interested in e-books, then the Liberal Memorial Library has what you’re looking for. All you have to do is go to our website at, look on the left hand side, click on the “Downloadable Audiobook, EBook and Magazine Help” link and you’ll be on your way.

There are a few sites that you can use to download books like 3M and Enki, but I’m going to talk about Freading because it works a little differently way than the other library eBook services. It is more of a rental/subscription model, but it’s free. You don’t have to buy anything. It works on a token system.

Each patron using the service is allotted five tokens per week. The State Library pays Freading based on how many tokens are used (we don’t pay for the tokens you do not use.) Freading then pays the publishers based on how many times each of their books were borrowed by patrons of all libraries using Freading.

Now here’s the real neat thing — all books on Freading are always available. There are no holds. If there’s a book that you want to read, provided that you have enough tokens, you can download it immediately.

When logged in, the number of tokens you have used is shown in the upper right side on the Freading website. Unused tokens roll over for four weeks (based on when you first logged in to Freading), then your account is reset to zero, and a new five tokens are issued.

Books “cost” different numbers of tokens (four, two, or one), usually based on the age of the book.   This is always shown on the cover of the book in the upper left corner. Each book is on loan for 14 days.

You may “spend” your tokens however you wish.  You could get as many as five books with your five tokens each week if you wish to read books that are no longer new.  And if you run out of time while reading a book, most renewals are free or cost one token.

Probably, the biggest drawback with this site is that the selection will be limited. While you may not find many of the major publishers and authors on this site, there should be something from smaller publishers and lesser authors that may pique your interest. The bottom line is that Freading gives you another alternative to eBooks.

For more information on Freading and how to get started, go to

Here are some books currently on Freading:

Charlie Brown and Friends by Charles M. Schulz
First published in 1950, the classic Peanuts strip now appears in more than 2,200 newspapers in 75 countries in 25 languages. Phrases such as “security blanket” and “good grief,” which originated in the Peanuts world, are now part of the global vernacular, and images of Charles Schulz’s classic characters—Charlie Brown kicking the football, Lucy leaning over Schroeder’s piano—are now universally recognized.

Brody by Larry Matysik
Written by his best friend and widow, this compelling biography of international wrestling superstar Bruiser Brody provides an unparalleled look at his life and death. At six-foot-five and a muscular 320 pounds, Brody was a giant in the ring who evoked fear in his opponents and respect from the wrestling community. In the geographical segregated wrestling world of the 1970s and 1980s, where each area had its own stars, Brodys intensity made him one of the few recognized as celebrities across the country. Featuring candid discussions about the nature of wrestling during Brodys heyday as well as a frank description of his horrific murder and its aftermath, this revealing account illustrates why Brody continues to be one of the most beloved figures in wrestling.

Safe At Home by Willie May Aikens
An intimate portrait of a tortured player, this memoir culls interviews, letters, and the personal account of former Kansas City Royal Willie Mays Aikens. Touted from a young age as the next Reggie Jackson, Aikens’ promising career quickly turned disastrous when he fell into drug abuse and was ultimately sentenced to the longest prison time ever given to a professional athlete. Not only an exploration of baseball and culture in the 1980s, this book also delves into the United States justice and penal systems.


Adult Summer Reading is still going on through the end of July with programs:

E-reader/Tablet workshop – Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Jump into the electronic age and find out how to use your tablet/e-reader as your own personal library. Learn how to find and download, audiobooks, e-books and e-magazines.

Sustainable Agriculture – Tuesday, July 22 @ 6:30 p.m.
Interested in finding out what is “sustainable agriculture?” This program will give you some insight on the integration of farming, animals, ecology and the environment as well as their relationships with one another.

Writing Workshop – Thursday, July 24 @ 6:30 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to write the great American novel, but didn’t know where to start? This will be the program that will get you going. We’ll have local authors come down and share their tales of how they got started on their novels and publications. They’ll show what techniques they used and how they got their inspirations for their ideas.


And don’t forget our monthly programming:

Book Chat – Thursday, July 18 @ 6:30 p.m.

Recipe Swap – Monday, July 28 @ 6:30 p.m.

This week’s library happenings

Summer reading events this week

* Legos at the library, Children’s Summer Reading Program – Tuesday, June 24th

We’ll be playing Legos at the Library. Build to your heart’s content. Each hour we’ll have a new group starting. Come at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 or 4:00 to begin building. Each group is limited to 24 builders.

* Smoky Hills Public Television, Children’s Summer Reading Program – Wednesday, June 25th at 2:00 p.m.

This program is aimed at kids from kindergarten to grade 3. We’ll be having fun with Smoky Hills Public Television. Space is limited, so be there early!

* Dan, Dan the Magic Man! – Friday, June 27th at 2:00 p.m.

Do you believe in magic? Come one, come all to see Dan, Dan, the magic man perform. This action packed show for all ages will guide kids into a world of science and illusion.

DB_Blue_GoldNew website design

The Kansas State Library website, where we can go to checkout downloadable audiobooks and ebooks among other things, has a new look. The site was down briefly during the upgrade. This may have caused some problems with checking out ebooks, but the transition is over and all of the problems have been sorted out.

You can get to it through our library’s webpage or directly by going to

On the left of the page, you’ll find tutorials, links to software, and frequently asked questions. There is also a link where a patron can request that the library purchase a certain book for checkout.

Direct links to ebook and audiobook checkout are in the center of the page. These links include:

OneClickdigital Audiobooks – Mostly fiction, some popular non-fiction. Registration via the Kansas Library eCard Login ( is necessary to create your username/password.

3M Cloud Library – Bestsellers, predominantly fiction, a little non-fiction. Login with your Kansas Library eCard number.
Freading eBooks – No holds, smaller publishers, huge catalog with a wide variety of fiction & non-fiction. Access books via the Kansas Library eCard Login at
Enki Library eBooks – Includes self-published authors, independent publishers, and a high variety of fiction & non-fiction. Login with your Kansas Library eCard number.
TumbleBooks Library – Animated talking picture books. No login, use directly online.
If you have problems logging in or have trouble downloading, there’s an email address and phone number, located on the upper right side of the page, where you can speak directly to knowledgeable people at the Kansas State Library. Below this there is also a news section, where you can find out if any problems you’re having might be widespread and if they are working to fix it.