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Take Home 6 Bestsellers at Once

No room left in your suitcase for books? Our Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for a plane ride or road trip. It fits in a purse and comes pre-loaded with 6 best-selling books. We’ve updated the books for the summer and fall season.

Come Sundown – Nora Roberts
Camino Island – John Grisham
Into the Water – Paula Hawkins
Dragon Teeth – Michael Crichton
The Identicals – Elin Hilderbrand
Testimony – Scott Turow

The Paperwhite checks out for 3 weeks. Place one on hold now. 

Computer Classes from Home – Microsoft Access

Looking for a technology class that we don’t teach at the library? Look no further than Lynda.com!

The Microsoft Access course will show you how to define data types, create tables, edit forms, and create queries and reports.

Lynda.com courses are free, self-paced, online tutorials for IPPL cardholders. To find more Lynda.com tutorials from our website, go to the Learning and Research menu and choose Online Courses. Then, sign in with your library card and create and account if it’s your first time.

Gear Up for Virtual Reality

Immerse yourself in the 360 degree virtual world with our Samsung Gear VR headset. The headset turns Samsung compatible phones into virtual reality devices, letting you experience games and video in a new way. The Gear is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S7, and S7 Edge. The Gear headset does not come with a phone.

Once you’ve connected your phone to the Gear, you can download apps from the Oculus Store. Popular free apps include the Oculus Arcade, Temple Run,  Streetview VR, and Oculus 360 World. If you want to feel like you’re flying over Iceland in a helicopter, check out 360 World.

To learn more about the Gear and how to use it, see Samsung’s Tutorial

The Gear VR is part of our Tech Takeout collection – place a hold on the Gear now. samsung gear VR

Wi-Fi Hotspots Available for Checkout

Bring the internet home, or take it with you on the go. We’ve added five Sprint Pocket Wi-Fi hotspot devices to our Tech Takeout collection. A hotspot allows you to connect wireless to the internet. IPPL cardholders can borrow a hotspot for a 1-week checkout period. The hotspots use Sprint’s cellular network, and connection speeds will vary based on location.

Check availability and place a hotspot on hold.

The hotspots are made available thanks to a donation from the IPPL Foundation. 

Convert VHS to DVD at Home

Convert Your VHS tapes to DVDs

Preserve all the memories on your VHS tapes with our newest Tech Takeout device. Our VHS to DVD converter is now available and checkouts for 1 week. The converter includes RCA video and audio cables. VHS to DVD conversion happens in real time, which means converting a tape will take 2 hours. Don’t forget, we have a VHS to DVD conversion machintoshibaimage_e available inside the library, too.

Place a hold on the VHS to DVD converter

Mic Check 1-2, 1-2

Ever wanted to practice your voice over skills? Or narrate a Powerpoint presentation so you can share it as a video? Our Yeti microphone is easy to use and returns a high quality sound recording. The mic connects to your computer with a USB cord and you can begin recording in minutes. The mic can be checked out at our Technology Center and used in yeti microphoneone of the library’s quiet conference rooms.

For more information and help visit our Digital Media Project page.

Save Energy, Save Money

Our Tech Takeout provides two tools to help you save more energy at home. The Home Energy Kit includes a Kill a Watt meter and a thermal leak detector. The Kill a Watt meter tells you how much energy a device uses while plugged in, and the thermal leak detector identifies drafty areas of the home. If you’re up for tackling bigger projects, the kit also includes a 40 page Energy Saver guide to saving money. The kits can be checked out for 1 week and renewed if there aren’t any holds. Check availability now.

thermal leak detector Kill a Watt

For more information and devices, see our Tech Takeout page