Right now, I’m reading “Taco Education” from the current edition of “Bon Appetit” magazine for free. This isn’t some cool perk of being a reporter, no, I just finally gotten around to exposing some of the great free resources available through the Coffee County Manchester Public Library.
Ok, so there’s no pictures in the Gale OneFile Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) database, but the collection is exhaustive.
The primary online collection through the library is R.E.A.D.S. There you can checkout new releases in ebooks, brose the classics that you’ve put off reading and borrow audio books.
“In recognition of the fact that many libraries are closed to the public due to the virus, OverDrive is allowing our consortium to use their ‘Instant Digital Card Service’ at no charge through June 30,” the library announced Friday.
The Instant Digital Card Service (IDCS) is a way for users who do not have a library card to access the READS service via verification of their cell phone number.
When a user accesses the R.E.A.D.S. site or downloads the Libby/OverDrive app, a pop up ask for a library card. If the answer is no, it will prompt the user for a cell phone number.
“OverDrive will verify the address associated with the cell phone number and if it is within the area covered by the regional system the user’s cell phone number will serve as their library card,” the announcement said.
Cell phone numbers are the only ones that work. They system will not accept landline numbers. The cell phone number will work in R.E.A.D.S. for one year after activation. At the end of the one-year period the user will get an ‘expired card’ notice and will be prompted to contact the library for a renewal.
How it works
For those of us more comfortable with shelves than e-readers, getting started can be intimidating. Yet getting started in R.E.A.D.S. is easy if you have a library card and your PIN ready.
First, go to www.coffeecountylibrary.org. From there, navigate to the R.E.A.D.S sight by clicking on the icon, located on the left of the page.
Once at R.E.A.D.S., you will be prompted to select a home library, and then to enter your card number and PIN.
As for the tacos, I’m finding out that Bon Appetit Editor and Chief was big Nikki Sixx fan and an has an weakness for spit roasted al pastor. Tacos may just be on the menu tonight.