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Classics

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eBook Reader

Poplar Bluff Public Library 318 N. Main Street Poplar Bluff, Mo. www.poplarbluff.org

WELCOME GUIDE


WELCOME GUIDE Table of Contents 1.

Introduction to the Libre Color eBook Reader

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Using the eBook Reader

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Taking Care of the eBook Reader

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Reading the Classics: Why and How

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et ready to turn over a new [digital] page: You are now among the Poplar Bluff Public Library users to check out an eBook Reader pre-loaded with 100 of literature’s greatest hits! This simple WELCOME GUIDE contains the information you need to get started enjoying classic books in a novel new way.


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Introduction to the Libre Color eBook Reader

Device Diagrams Libre

Page Back

Page Advance

Return Play

Menu Zoom OK/ Enter

Directional Buttons


1.

Introduction to the Libre Color eBook Reader

Device diagram Mini USB Port

Earphone Jack

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DC Jack

SD Card Slot

LED Indicator

Power

Using the eBook Reader

Getting Started: Powering on the Device

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o turn the eBook Reader, simply press and release the Power button, which you can easily find using the diagrams in the previous section. Please do not hold down the power button or press the button repeatedly; doing so will prevent the device from responding properly. If you have any problems or issues powering the eBook Reader on or off, please call Poplar Bluff Public Library information desk at (573) 686-8601. Staff can help walk you through resetting the device.


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Using the eBook Reader

Reading Books on the eBook Reader

he eBook Reader you’ve checked out is preloaded with 100 of some of literature’s greatest hits and an introductory discussion guide to help you along as you read. Each of the titles has been lauded by readers for decades. To get started, turn the eBook Reader on and choose the book you’d like to read from the menu list. After selecting the book from the list, press the “OK” button. Your book should load at this time. n To turn pages, use the directional buttons on the lower left of the device or se the page turn buttons indicated on the previous diagram. n To zoom or enlarge the size of the text, press the “ZOOM” button or use the magnifying glass accessible through the menu. As you get more familiar with the device, you might notice some of the eBook Reader’s more advanced features to navigate through books and bookmark pages. Most features are accessed through the settings menu while you’re in the book.

More eBook Reader Features n Bookmark and auto page turn functions n Adjustable font size -- all loaded titles can be viewed in large-print format n Screen rotation support -- View books in both portrait and landscape orientation n Built-in MP3 player n Internal lithium-ion polymer battery n Battery-level indicator icon and low-level warning


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Taking Care of the eBook Reader

oplar Bluff Public Library’s goal in offering this service is help make you aware of today’s digital offerings and how easily technology can integrate into your lifestyle. Please respect this device and treat it with the utmost care while it is in your possession. n Your library card must be in good standing to check out an eBook Reader device. This means your card must be active with no fines on the account. n Should the eBook Reader checked out to you be returned with any damage, your library account will be charged for device replacement. n Patrons may not load additional titles on the device or remove any of the pre-loaded titles. This constitutes a violation of the user agreement and the patron will be charged the replacement cost of the device. n If a patron fails to return the eBook Reader and its accessories in good working order, the patron will be charged the full replacement cost. This includes the eBook Reader device, the cover and any power or USB cables. The library director will make the final decision regarding damage assessments.

Keeping the Device Charged n To charge the eBook Reader device, connect the power adapter to the device’s USB port. You should then see an animation of a charging battery on the eBook Reader’s display screen. A full charge should allow about 8 hours of use.


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Reading the Classics: Why and How

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ere’s a scary statistic: A recent survey from publishing firm Jenkins Group suggests that a whopping 42 percent of all college graduates will never read another book from cover to cover again after they cross the stage and collect their diplomas. And of those graduates who do still read, most will select bestsellers published within the past 10 years. This means virtually no one is reading the classics these days, and Poplar Bluff Municipal Library District thinks this is truly unfortunate: Reading the classics is just one way to enjoy society’s intellectual heritage while opening your mind to new ideas and enhancing your vocabulary. With this in mind, the Library is launching a new program designed to make some of literature’s greatest hits more accessible than ever: The Classics Have Never Been Easier!


Why is it important to read the classics? Consider the following seven scenarios:

1. You’ll gain a bigger vo-

cabulary. You will likely come across many words that have been phased out of our daily lexicon when reading the classics. Why learn words most people don’t use? To set yourself apart. Having a bigger vocabulary is like having a tool box with more tools.

2. You’ll feel sophisticated. Knowledge of the clas-

sics and literature is an important part of being a sophisticated conversationalist. These books will keep coming up in conversation because they’re a part of human history that’s likely not going anywhere any time soon. Plus, quoting Shakespeare or Voltaire can help you instantly win any argument.

3. You’ll get fresh ideas. If you open up any nation-

al newspaper or literary blog, you’ll likely find similar reviews for the same few titles. Reading the classics, aside from just what’s popular, can help you avoid falling into a similar trap of repetitive thinking. Reading the classics forces us to think about the world differently, which will promote creativity and fresh thinking in all aspects of our lives.


4. You’ll become a

better writer. As writers, we’re constantly absorbing ideas and gaining subtle influence from what we’re reading. Reading the classics can help up pick up grammar, style and syntax clues from the best.

5. You’ll be a more

articulate speaker. Studying time-honored works of genius can teach you to assert yourself with clarity and style -- in both print and outloud. Reading the classics can help you learn to become a more persuasive, articulate orator, allowing you to excel in all conversations, regardless of topic.

6. You’ll benefit from historical insight.

Even if its considered a work of fiction, in many cases, literature depicting a certain era comes with serious historical connotations. They say history repeats itself, and being aware of where society has been can help build a better future. IN HIS WORDS: “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” -- Oscar Wilde


7. You’ll find the classics are both educational and

entertaining. The classics have endured and are considered works of art because most of them are just good books. There’s a reason many new books and films are just retelling of older stories: They’re just as entertaining and applicable now as they were when they were written.

What’s next: How to read the classics After you’ve come to the realization about why you need to read the classics, you’ll need to understand how to read them. Consider the following tips as you plan your reading list or bite into your first book: Give yourself time to think. As you finish each passage or chapter, take a moment to think about what you think the author is trying to say. Setting aside a few seconds to think about what you’ve just read will help you truly understand the depth or the characters and what they’re facing. Don’t rush through the classics -- try to enjoy every word and understand why they’ve endured. IN HER WORDS “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” -- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Don’t nitpick. Instead of looking for problems or flawed logic in the stories you read, look for what’s beautiful. Instead of merely questioning a character’s actions, try to get inside his or her head and understand why those choices felt like the best or only options. Embrace your own point of view. Any opinion you might have about a book, it’s characters or even the author is just as valid or as encompassing as any scholar’s. Take time to form an opinion, and be confident enough to back it up. Consider avoiding secondary sources -- especially criticisms or commentaries -- until you’ve finished the book.

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Ask yourself a questions as you read. While you’re reading, keep an open mind. Ask yourself why the author decided to to write the book or what he or she set out to do when writing the book. Tell a story? Preserve history? Entertain? Then, think about whether or not the author succeeded. Did he or she finish the story as intended? If not, why?

IN YOUR WORDS Use the space here to jot down any thoughts or ideas!


Poplar Bluff Public Library 318 N. Main Street Poplar Bluff, Mo. www.poplarbluff.org


The Classics have never been easier!