The Digital Bookmobile made a stop at the Vernon Parish Library on Tuesday to raise community awareness of the 70,000 digital books, ebooks and audiobooks that are available free of charge to library patrons.
The bookmobile is powered by OverDrive, the largest distributor of digital materials to schools and libraries in America.
The digital bookmobile is a 42-foot-long "Toterhome" that is a high-tech upgrade to the traditional bookmobiles equipped to educate patrons on how to use and navigate the digital library.
Currently, they are promoting the Libby application which is used to check out and read materials and it is available in Apple, Android and Windows app stores.
Lauren Bajda, Digital Media Event Specialist with OverDrive, wants to encourage anyone who may be searching for a physical book that is unavailable to give OverDrive a chance.
All you need to check out a digital item is an active library card issued by your local library.
The bookmobile has been around for ten years and in that time they have visited 48 states and have had more than 218,000 visitors onboard.
Andy Friis of Leesville has been listening to audiobooks through OverDrive for many years and says he finds it a lot more convenient, especially on a long drive.
Checking digital items out is virtually the same process as checking out a book from the local library; you still have two weeks and you can always return it early if you want to.
One good thing about the digital materials is that when your two weeks are up it automatically returns itself, no need to remember to send it back and there is never a late fee.