Zinio is now available through Rowan Public Library

  • Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014 12:01 a.m.

SALISBURY — What is Zinio? It is a multi-platform distribution service for digital magazines, with more than 5,500 magazines from a wide range of publishers. Magazines, including back issues, may be purchased individually or through subscriptions, with new issues downloading automatically.

In 2011 Zinio began partnering with Recorded Books to offer “Zinio for Libraries” a service that allows public libraries in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the U.S. to grant patrons access to full digital issues of selected magazines via a digital catalog. These magazines can be accessed with the patron’s library card and password.


Zinio also offers custom apps for Android mobile devices, the Apple iPad and iPhone, BlackBerry PlayBook, Windows8, Windows Phone and Windows RT. A user’s reading list is accessible through any device they set up with their Zinio account.

You can access Zinio from the Rowan Public Library’s Home Page. On the left side of the screen, search for and click on Online Tools. Information about Zinio will appear on the right side of that page. You can also click on FAQ to discover additional information about the application.

When you click on Access with your Library Card and Pin you will go directly to the Online Resources Page where Zinio is listed at the top of our new acqusitions. Next, you enter your Rowan Public Library card number and password, and click Create Account (necessary only the first time). The password must be seven characters and a combination of letters and numbers. A confirmation notice from RBDigital/Zinio will be sent to your e-mail box.

At this time you will be asked to create a Zinio.com account (first time only). Use the same email/password combo you used for your RBDigital account. Click Register. A list of digital magazines that are available through Rowan Public Library will be displayed. Choose a title you want to read and click on the cover of a magazine to download it. Click the Complete Checkout button. This selects magazines for your personal reading list which can be retained as long as you wish and can be deleted from your collection by clicking the “Edit your reading list” at the top of the page.

Superfoods workshop: South branch, Jan. 27, 5:45 p.m., free. Learn how to cook up the good stuff with cooking demonstrations, samples and tips on how to stock a healthy kitchen. This workshop will be led by Chef Chris Herron and Director of Food and Nutrition Sara Lynch of Morrison Food Services. All ages welcome, but anyone un­der 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required; please call 704-216-7734 to register or for more information. This workshop is part of the Learn. Act. Grow. wellness program. At each program you have a chance to win door prizes; participants who attend all five workshops will be entered to win a grand prize.

Wii Bowling Tournament for Teens: All 5:30-7 p.m., East, Jan. 27; headquarters Jan. 28. Wii bowling and other games. Open to all middle and high school students. For more information call 704-216-8234.

Book Bites Club: South (only), Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., “Wicked: The Life of the Wicked Witch,” by Gregory MaGuire. Book discussion groups for adults and children meet the last Tuesday of each month. The group is open to the public and anyone is free to join at any time. There is a discussion of the book, as well as light refreshments at each meeting. For more information, please call 704-216-8229.

Displays: Headquarters, Rowan Doll Society; South, South Rowan High School Art Class; East, 4-H by Ann Furr.

Library closings: Jan. 20, all RPL locations closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Literacy: Call the Rowan County Literacy Council at 704-216-8266 for more information on teaching or receiving literacy tutoring for English speakers or for those for whom English is a second language.

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