I had so much fun while we were in Canada! My trip was full of poutine, hockey, seeing the Maze Runner movie, shopping, and more hockey. I already can’t wait until we come back but before I get too ahead of myself, I would love to talk more about the Digital Bookmobile’s recent travels.
Overall, we spent two weeks in the Ontario area and had some great events. London Public Library helped us kick off our tour abroad on September 16. The London staff members made us feel welcome and helped all visitors borrow and download digital titles from the library onto their devices. I also enjoyed seeing what devices patrons brought with them to the Digital Bookmobile and noticed Kobo eReaders and tablets were very popular.
Next, we celebrated Read an eBook Day at Idea Exchange in Cambridge. We heard many eReading experiences and stories throughout the day and the library provided a free BBQ and a Google Nexus raffle. Additionally, we had some special guests stop by the Digital Bookmobile. We hosted groups of students from a nearby junior high school who were able to attend a presentation on Cambridge Public Library’s digital lending program and take a tour of the truck. We also had the pleasure of showing Charlotte Gray, award-winning Biographer and Historian, what our traveling exhibit is all about before her book signing at the city hall. She was thrilled to hear how many patrons had signed up to read her books in both the print and digital format.
We attended Word on the Street in Kitchener and if you enjoy books and magazines, you should definitely try to make it to this festival next year. There were author signings, panel discussions/workshops, and more. We had visitors from various parts of the country and showed patrons their library’s OverDrive-powered website on our computer workstations. We were a part of another festival in Fort Erie the following day. The Fort Erie Leisureplex hosted Hockey Day in Niagra and there were many activities for children and adults to participate in. There was a hockey tournament, inflatables, and Hockey Hall of Fame trophies. It was great to be able to introduce the service to so many families. I loved hearing one parent say that Tina Fey’s Bossypants audiobook kept him “driving safely at midnight” while he was taking his son to a hockey tournament in Buffalo. Next, we made our way to Markham Public Library where the library coordinated a DJ, snacks, and had eReading Room sticker giveaways. Lastly, we wrapped up our Canadian part of tour at Celebration Square in downtown Mississauga and St. Catharines Public Library.
On behalf of the OverDrive team, thank you to all of our Canadian library partners, visitors, and users for a wonderful time. We’re back in the States so make sure to check our schedule and see us around the East Coast soon, if you can!
Katie Yap is a Digital Media Event Specialist at OverDrive.