New eBook Offerings!

The Mira Costa Library has just added 26 new ebooks to our collection from MackinVIA, a platform that allows you to read them on a PC, Mac, iPad, Android tablet, or Kindle, and to do so either online or by downloading them. The ebooks are also all licensed for an unlimited number of users, so any number of students can borrow and read a title simultaneously.  Sixteen of the new ebooks are on non-fiction titles, including seven volumes from the Decades in American History series, that I selected for our library. Ten are fiction classics, provided to us free of charge as part of our introduction to MackinVIA.

All of these books are listed in our library catalog with an EBOOK prefix and a link to the ebook on MackinVIA. You can also view all of the books through this direct link. Once you click the link, you will be asked to enter your school (which will pop in once you start typing Mira Costa) and a username and password. Check at the library or email me to get the username and password. If you email me, be sure to include your full name and grade so I can confirm that you are a Mira Costa student.  After you enter the login, you will see the MackinVIA opening screen with images of all our new books:

Hover over a title to learn more about it, add to your favorites, read online, or checkout to read online or download. To check a book out, you will have to register your own personal account. You can select any username and password you like. And, once you establish your own account, you can use that, rather than the generic Mira Costa one, to login in the future.

To download a book for offline reading, you will need to install the free MackinVIA application. Just follow the onscreen directions. You can also then highlight, check the dictionary, and add notes as you read. Contact me at the library if you need any help.

Please enjoy these new offerings and give me your feedback.


Pointing to Places in Books

book place signs
I was inspired a while back by a blog posting by Jennifer LaGarde (aka “library girl”) displaying the terrific book direction signs she made for her school library. As she explained, her inspiration came from Tamara Cox’s (aka “the e-literate librarian) sign post, who, I learned when I checked Tamara’s blog, was inspired in turn by a posting on Pinterest. (Unfortunately, that link is now missing, so I can’t give credit to it.) I knew the moment I saw both their photos that I wanted some signs for the Mira Costa Library. Our library’s decore hasn’t changed since the 1950’s and the colors are very drab. I’ve been trying to find any ways I can to liven it up. What better way than with colorful signs sharing special places in favorite books!

Fortunately for me, since I am definitely not an artist, we have some wonderful art teachers and art students on campus. I contacted art teacher Kate Martin with the idea and was delighted that she was interested. Our biggest challenge, which took us nearly a year to solve, was how we would make the signs adhere to the three round metal poles where I wanted to mount them. The solution finally came recently when one of my volunteers brought in velcro to mount some posters. The balsam wood is very light and the velcro is strong enough to hold it up and also flexible enough to adhere to the slightly rounded surface of the metal poles. Once we knew the velcro would work, Kate Martin, as well as her fellow art teacher, Valerie Park, created assignments to have their students make painted and wood burned signs.

Please enjoy them here, and, better yet, come into the library to see them.

Thanks so much to Jennifer LaGarde and Tamara Cox for the inspiration, to Kate Martin and Valerie Park for leading these projects, and to their students for all the beautiful, creative work. I feel so fortunate that the library can benefit from the generous sharing of a creative concept by some of my fellow librarians and from the talent of Mira Costa students.

And, in the spirit sharing, the photos I have taken of the signs are, of course, Creative Commons-licensed and available on the Mira Costa Flickr site.