Archive for February, 2015

Library now provides free digital media services

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

NEWMARKET, Ontario, February 12, 2015 –

If you live in Newmarket, you now have access to free streaming video and other services from your library.

Along with free downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks, the library now offers Freegal Music, whose name combines “free” and “legal”. With your library card, you can download 5 songs per week and stream 3 hours of music per day. There are 8 million songs available, including the entire Sony Music catalogue, plus music videos. There is also Zinio, a  magazine service that offers 50 different titles, all available for downloading to any device. All music and magazines are yours to keep.

Gale Courses is a large selection of online courses on things like web design, sales and marketing, and digital photography. Courses run for 6 weeks and are led by real instructors who mark assignments and provide you with a certificate if you pass.  Or if you prefer to learn languages, Mango Languages offers lessons in over 60 languages, plus ESL courses for speakers of 12 other languages.

As of January, the library also added Indieflix, which offers thousands of award-winning independent films. In addition, 4000 e-audiobook titles were added to OneClick Digital as a compliment to the larger Overdrive database of e-books.

“It’s a great time to get connected to digital media at your library,” said Todd Kyle, library CEO. “It’s all free and all you need is a library card.”

Check out the library’s offerings. To get a library card, visit the library with proof of name and address.

Survey shows impact of library Internet access

Monday, February 9th, 2015

NEWMARKET, Ontario, February 9, 2015 –

Newmarket Public Library released results of a study called the Impact Survey, which looks at how people in a community use free access to computers and the Internet at the library. The library, which offers 20 workstations, 8 laptops, and wireless Internet, as well as computer help, reports that 57% of those surveyed used a public access computer or the library’s wireless network in the past year.

The most frequently reported use of library computers was for staying in touch with family and friends and for building and maintaining social networks, followed by health and wellness information, employment needs, and educational activities. Several people reported searching for a job online, and three people even said they’d found a new job as a result.

More than two-thirds of library computer users reported that they have access to the Internet at home, school, or work, but still choose to use the library’s technology. But of those who don’t have access elsewhere, more than two-thirds are below the low-income cut-off.

“This shows that library computer access is essential, and more so for disadvantaged people”, said Todd Kyle, library CEO. “Our library’s role is to lead a learning community, and that means helping people get the skills and technology they need to participate in a digital world. The future of our community depends on it.”

The survey, developed by the University of Washington DC, is being piloted for use in Canada by a small number of libraries including Newmarket and Edmonton. View the full report.