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Every day your Bartholomew County Public Library strives to make your library card the most valuable card in your wallet or purse. To that end, I have some great new additions to our offerings to share with you.

On Feb. 1, we rolled out a downloadable magazine service. Provided by Zinio, your library card now entitles you to the full digital subscriptions of more than 80 magazines. You see the exact same material you get in print‚ plus some issues include features like video, audio and live links.

This digital magazine service does not require a wait list or a checkout period. Content is available immediately and can be retained by the patron indefinitely, stored either in the cloud or on a device. You can read online or download issues to your computer or mobile device to read offline.

Since the service started, we have had more than 130 patrons find the link at our website, www.barth.lib.in.us, and those patrons have checked out more than 880 magazine issues. The top 10 titles thus far are:

  • Consumer Reports
  • Taste of Home
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Us Weekly
  • Eating Well
  • Women’s Health
  • Country Living
  • Family Circle
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Reader’s Digest

Plus we have titles such as Harvard Business Review, Field and Stream, Car and Driver, ESPN The Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and Oprah.

All of the feedback has been wonderful in terms of this new service. I for one love the experience as I sit at home on my couch reading a brand new issue of Mental Floss on my iPad. The ability to virtually flip the pages and zoom in to make the print larger makes this something to behold. I hope you will take the time to take advantage of what it has to offer.

Another new website offering is Value Line Research Center. For decades, we have subscribed to the print versions of Value Line Investment Survey standard and small/mid-cap editions.

Now you won’t have to come into the library to take advantage of this wonderful resource. Available online and accessible with your library card, Value Line provides three main components:

“Ratings & Reports” presents full-page, individual stock reports (encapsulating the company’s past performance, current status, and outlook) and industry reviews.

“Summary & Index” provides a key to locating the latest quarterly and supplementary reports and cites the most recent data on each of the stocks followed.

“Selection & Opinion,” a feature section, gives Value Line’s views on the economy and the stock market and on stocks of special interest. It also provides model portfolios for investors with various objectives and a number of economic and stock-market statistics.

When you add these new databases to the wealth of information already available through our website and physical locations, I know you will agree that your library card is the most valuable card in your possession.

Please make sure that you take the opportunity to use it to access the world of information and entertainment that it is made available to all residents of Bartholomew County.

Jason Hatton is the assistant director at Bartholomew County Public Library.

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