Digital Options for Leisure Reading/Listening

Capture2Can’t make it to a library to check out a book, or prefer to read on your tablet or phone? You can access all of the following digital resources online, using your favorite tech device.  Once you check an item out you can read or listen even when your device is offline.  You will need a Cobb County Public Library card number to access the following ebooks, emagazines and audiobooks.

Links to the above resources are always available on WheelerLibrary.com’s Arts & Entertainment page. Wheeler Library staff members can assist you with getting started!

 

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Over 150 Free eMagazines from Cobb County Public Library

Capture3Whether you enjoy reading informative magazine articles or just flipping through looking at pictures, the Cobb County Public Library eMagazine collection is sure to have a publication that will match your interests. CCPL cardholders have free access to over 150 eMagazine titles that can be accessed on smart phones, tablets, or computers.  You may view both current and past issues; once an issue is downloaded to your device it may be viewed offline.  We recommend that you checkout and download a magazine while on Wi-Fi to avoid consuming costly mobile data.  View our one page quick reference list of eMagazines offered through CCPL, and then search for the magazine of your choice in the CCPL’s eMagazine database. Stop by Wheeler Library if you would like a demonstration or further information about accessing Cobb’s eMagazine collection; or contact the Cobb County Public Library offices by calling (770) 528-2326, or emailing contactus@cobbcat.org for assistance.

For easy access to CCPL’s eMagazines, and other leisure reading and listening options, visit WheelerLibrary.com’s Arts & Entertainment webpage.eMags

Use Google Docs or Presentation Slides to Save Time on Group Work

Next time you need to do a group project try using a shared Google Doc or Presentation to save time and increase participation of all group members. Collaborating in a shared file from the start can help your group get organized; and, because you can work simultaneously, it is easier for all members to see what needs to be done and remain productively engaged.  The revision history can also be useful to see what has been contributed to the document by different group members.

Here is how to get started:

  1. One group member creates the Google Doc or Presentation
    • Give the file a name related to your project
    • Communicate the file name to your group members
  2. Click the Share buttoncapture
  3. In the People box have each group member type in their Gmail or @WheelerHigh.com address
  4. Each group member signs in to Drive.Google.com using their Gmail or @WheelerHigh.com address  (more info)
  5. Look for the shared file by clicking Shared with me at the left side in your Google Drive
    • Ask the group member who created the doc for the filename
    • Alternatively, you may access the file from a link in an email invitation sent to your Gmail
  6. Double click on the filename to open the document
  7. Communicate with group members about who will work on various requirements of the project
    • Type some headings for different sections
    • Have each group member work on a section

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Connecting to CCSDWireless Network

As of June 1, 2017, COSIGNO/COSIGNORADIUS wireless networks will be replaced by a more user-friendly wireless network called CCSDWireless.

BYOD changes for the 2017-2018 school year include the following:

  1. Staff & Students (Only)
    • CCSDWireless (New BYOD Network):
      1. Users will need a password to join the CCSDWireless network. (Ask your librarian for the password).
    • User Login:
      1. Students- Can now login using their Student ID #
      2. Staff – Login using their Badge ID
    • Internet Filter:
      1. Users will need to install the internet filter certificate.  This will be available on the CCSD Wireless Network landing page after you login to the network or via QR code.

    Guests

    • CCSDGuest:
      1. Guests will need a password to join the CCSDGuest network. (Ask the librarian for the password).
    • User Login:
      1. Guest users will need to register using their personal email address.  They will need complete the registration process using the password sent to their personal email address.
    • Internet Filter:
      1. Users will need to install the internet filter certificate.  This will be available on the CCSD Wireless Network landing page after they login to the network or via QR code.
      2. Staff and Students who join this network will not have the same internet filter access they have while logged into CCSDWireless.

     

    Our support documentation and video can be found at the following websites:

    http://ccsdwireless.cobbk12.org/faq2/

    and

    http://streamingcobb.cobbk12.org/newwireless

Record and Mix Sound Using Audacity to Enhance Presentations

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Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.  You can download the version that is installed on Wheeler Library computers from SourceForge, or find the latest version for your device offered through AudacityTeam.org.  Use Wheeler Library’s quick start guide to learn the basics of recording, playing back, editing and saving project files and finalized WAV or MP3 files.  Become a pro by reading the manual or viewing tutorials to learn about advanced features, such as noise reduction, fade in, or studio fade out.

With Audacity you can record narration for a multi-media project, edit out the narrator’s errors and then add a track with imported background music from your computer’s music library. The final audio file can then be used within other applications such as Windows Movie Maker, PowerPoint, or VoiceThread.  You may schedule the small group room in Wheeler Library to record, or talk to a library media specialist for assistance getting familiar with the basic features of Audacity.

Find more ideas for using technology to produce creative digital projects on WheelerLibrary.com’s Technology Tools & Tips page, see the Online Presentation Tools & Digital Maker Spaces section.

 

Using Snapchat to Download a Wheeler Library eBook

Many of our eBooks can be download to your device for offline access, which can save you from consuming valuable data or allow you to continue reading in a dead spot. Instructions below, provided by Kristen Hibbert, will guide you through the process of using Snapchat to download and locate an eBook on your device, watch for differences between Android and iOS devices.
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Method 1:

Step 1: Open Snapchat

Step 2: Hold your phone up to the QR code of the book you want.

Step 3: Make sure the code for the book is in focus (for ABDO books you have to get closer to the code before the phone can read it properly).

Step 4: Take a snap of the QR code.

Notice: it doesn’t work quite like snapcodes, where you can just have the phone view it. For this method, a picture must be taken.

Step 5: Click “Open Link” on the popup that appears. If there is no popup, repeat step 4, or try Method 2. Save the book to your phone (Android only), or save the book to your Reading List (iOS only). Alternatively, you can copy the link to your phone notes (It helps to put the name of the book in the note with the link).

Method 2:

Method 2 works the same way as method one, except at step 4. Instead of taking a snap of the QR code, press and hold on the screen where the QR code is. If this does not create a popup, try again, changing the distance between the phone and the code, or try Method 1.

Reading a Saved eBook

Saved to Phone:  (Android)

The book should be in the downloads folder of the phone. If not, see a librarian for further assistance, or try another method of saving.

Saved to Reading List:  (iOS)

On your iOS device, go to Safari. Select the book icon, then the glasses icon at the top middle. Find the book link in your reading list, and select it.

Copied to Notes:

Find the note you with the link. Click the link, or copy and paste the link into your desired browser.

Happy reading!

 

Fiction Writer’s Guides

Interested in writing fiction, maybe hope to someday publish a novel? One of our new databases has eBooks that may help.  Take a look at the titles linked below, which are also available on WheelerLibrary.com’s Art & Entertainment page, under the Fiction Writer’s Guides section.  These books are available to you through GALILEO’s new eBook collections, so you will need the GALILEO password for access.

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