Sunday, January 20, 2013

The New Overdrive App for Nook: Downloading Library Books Just Got Easier

If you have a Nook Color, Tablet, HD, or HD +, it's now a lot easier to download ebooks from the library. Now you can download them directly to your Nook, without having to connect it to a computer, by using the Overdrive Media Console app.

The first time you use the app will be a little complicated, because you will need to download it and register it with Adobe. But you only have to do these things once, and then it will be much simpler.

To get the app, simply click "Apps" on your Nook, and then click "Shop All".

On the next screen, search for "Overdrive Media Console". When you find the app, click the green button that says "Free".

Now click "Confirm". 

Now you'll see the Overdrive Media Console home page. To start downloading a library book, click the menu button at the bottom of the screen. Then click "Get Books" at the bottom of the screen.

Now click "Add a Library". You should just have to do this once.

On the next screen, type in Terrebonne Parish and click "Search". Now click "Terrebonne Parish Public Library".

Now click the star next to "E-Library Co-Op of Southeast Louisiana".  

Now you can search for a book. When you find one you want to check out, click "Add to Cart". 

Now click "Proceed to Checkout".

Select "Terrebonne Parish Library".

Click "Confirm Check Out".

Now click "Download".

The first time you download a book using the Overdrive app, you'll need to register the app with Adobe. You will only have to do this once. If you already have an Adobe ID, click "Settings" and enter your login information. If you don't have an Adobe ID, click "Get ID". This will take you to a website where you can sign up for one. Be sure to write down your password.

Once you have an Adobe ID, you can enter it at the top of the settings page, and click "Authorize".

Now your book should automatically download! Just click on it to open and start reading. Once again, this whole process will be much easier the second time, because you won't have to download and authorize the Overdrive App. Just click on the Overdrive icon, go to "Get Books", and start browsing. As always, if you have any questions, give us a call at 876-5861, option 2. Happy ereading!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

We Have an App for That! Using the myTPL App.

The new myTPL app allows library patrons to access Terrebonne Parish Library anytime, anywhere--and it even lets you scan books in bookstores to see if they're available at the library!  To download the app, go to the App Store on your iPhone or iPod touch, or the Google Play store on an Android device, and search for "Terrebonne Parish Library".

The app is divided into six features accessible from the main menu: Catalog, My Account, BookLook, OverDrive, Library Locator, and Social Media.

The Catalog feature allows patrons to search all the library’s catalogs for books, DVDs, books on CD, ebooks, and more. The catalog also allows patrons to request items to be put on hold for them.

My Account shows a patron what items he or she has checked out, and when they are due, and offers the option to renew them.  Patrons can also view the status of items requested in My Account and check for overdue balances.

BookLook allows a patron to scan the ISBN barcode or enter the ISBN number on any book anywhere to see if it’s available in the library system.  This is great if you're trying to decide whether to buy a book. If we have it, you don't need to!

If the Overdrive app is installed on the device (instructions can be found here), patrons can check out or request EPUB and audio books, as well as manage digital accounts within the Overdrive feature of the myTPL app.  Checkouts will download in the Overdrive app.

The Library Locator lists the addresses, phone numbers, operating hours and supplies directions to all the branches in the Terrebonne Parish Library System.

Social Media links connect patrons to all the library’s social media accounts, like our Facebook and Twitter pages, which are updated daily with programs, events, and services offered at the library.  Text-A-Librarian offers tells patrons how to send text questions to the library, and Blog connects patrons directly to this blog; Bayou Reference.

If you have any questions about the myTPL app, just give us a call at 876-5861, option 2!

Robert Jenkins
Reference Associate

Friday, January 4, 2013

Zinio: Your Favorite Magazines on your Computer or Mobile Device!

Do you like to read magazines? If so, you'll love our newest offering: Zinio Digital Magazines. With Zinio, your library card lets you read dozens of popular magazines on your computer, iPad, Android device, Kindle Fire, and many other mobile devices.  Zinio shows the magazine just as it appears in print. Magazines available include National Geographic, Cosmopolitan, Field & Stream, Consumer Reports, Rolling Stone, and many more!

To get started, you will need to create two separate accounts: one through the library's Zinio page, and one through  We recommend that you use the same email address and password for both accounts.  This may seem a little complex at first, but it's easy once you have the accounts created.


If you are using Zinio on your computer, you can read magazines in your web browser. If you're using an iPad, Android device, or certain other mobile devices, you will download the Zinio app. But whether you're reading from a computer or a mobile device, the first thing you need to do is use a web browser to create an account at the library's Zinio page, at This takes you to this page:

Enter the "Create Account" button, and on the next screen, enter your library card number and hit the "Validate" button.

Now enter your email address, enter and retype a password, and enter your name. Then hit "Create Account".

Now you will see a message that says "Successful! Email has been sent to you". Now check your email for a confirmation message, and click on the link in the email. This will bring you to a page like this.

Click "Return to Login", and enter your email address and the password you just created. On the next page, click the link provided.

This brings you to the library's Zinio page. Now you can browse through our magazine subscriptions, or search by keyword, title, or genre.

When you find a magazine you want to read, click on it. This will open a new tab or window in your browser, where you can register for a account. Once again, we recommend using the same password that you used for the first account.

When you hit "Continue", you will see a page that lets you enter information about yourself. Then hit "Submit"; or "Skip" if you don't want to enter this information. Now you come to the page that shows your Zinio magazines!

Now, if you're on a PC or Mac computer, you can click on the magazine you chose, and it will open up in a special reader window, that looks like this. Congratulations! You're reading your first magazine through the library's Zinio account! You can zoom in, turn the pages, and even see all the pages at once. 

Now you will have three windows or tabs open in your web browser. To choose more magazines to read, go to the one labeled "Return to Library Collection", which is this page:

Now you can find other magazines you like. When you click on them, they will appear on the page. Simply click on the magazine's icon there to open it in the reading window. 

Using Zinio on iPads, Androids, and other Mobile Devices

If you want to read Zinio magazine through a mobile device, you will need to have created both your library Zinio account and your account. Then go to your device's app store, search for Zinio, and download the app. When you open the app, enter your login information (your email address and Zinio password). This will bring you to your library magazines, and allow you to browse and purchase other magazines the library doesn't subscribe to. To get more magazines from the library, open the web browser on your device and log in the library's Zinio collection page: Click on the magazine you want, and it will appear in the Zinio app on your device.

If you need help reading Zinio magazines, you can find help on various topics at their help page:  You can also watch a video about getting started here:

If you have any further questions, give us a call at the Reference Department, at 876-5861, option 2. Happy reading!