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Audiobooks and ebooks available through Overdrive Libby app

By Amber Covington

Rowan Public Library

Rowan Public Library has many e-Resources available for library cardholders who like to read on the go.

If you like reading digital books or listening to books instead of physical books, consider downloading materials using Overdrive Libby App. Libby is the latest, redesigned app to help make it easier for users to search and download digital content with ease.

As a member of the North Carolina Digital Consortium, RPL offers audiobooks, ebooks, magazines and videos that are compatible with Android, iOS, Windows 10, some Chromebooks and web browsers.

Libby is a free app downloadable from your mobile devices Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Store or web browser. Once you’ve downloaded the app, start the app to login with your library card information.

Our resources available through Libby have endless options available — fiction, nonfiction and magazines. Users have the ability to place themselves on hold for an item or filter content to show only the available items.

Trending magazines includes a variety of topics including technology magazines such as Macworld and PC World; automotive magazines including Car and Driver, Motor Trend and Popular Mechanics; and business and finance magazines such as Newsweek, Entrepreneurs Startups and Inc.

If you need help getting started with using the Libby app, visit or call your library branch. If you want to try it at home, visit help.libbyapp.com.

Holiday closing: Memorial Day. Headquarters (Salisbury), East Branch (Rockwell), and South Rowan Regional (China Grove) will be closed Saturday, May 25, and Monday, May 27. Regular hours resume Tuesday, May 28.

Friends of RPL present Wiley Cash: At Trinity Oaks retirement community, May 30, 6:30 p.m. New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will headline this year’s Friends of RPL annual general meeting. He is the author of “The Last Ballad,” “A Land More Kind than Home” and ‘This Dark Road to Mercy”. The founder of the Open Canon Book Club and co-founder of the Land More Kind Appalachian Artists Residency, he has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Weymouth Center. He is the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA.

This event will be held at Trinity Oaks Retirement, 728 Klumac Road, and is open to Friends of RPL members. Memberships may be purchased ahead of time or onsite and begin at $10 a year for an individual membership. When the event space reaches capacity, doors will be closed. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; the event begins at 6:30 p.m. A book signing and reception will follow. Salisbury’s South Main Book Company will be on site to sell copies for Cash’s book-signing. SMBC accepts cash or card. For more information about this event, call 704-216-8240.

Book Bites Book Club: South, May 28, 6 p.m. This month’s selection is “The Last Ballad,” by Wiley Cash. Refreshments; new members are welcome. For more details, contact Paulette at Paulette.Stiles@rowancountync.gov.

China Grove Community Block Party: Saturday, June 1, 5-8 p.m. Visit downtown China Grove and stop by Rowan Public Library’s booth. Enjoy fun activities and learn about RPL’s Summer Reading programs for children, teens, and adults and READsquared (an online reading program tool). For more information, call 704-216-7728.

Fairy Tale Party: Headquarters, May 31, 2-4 p.m. Children ages 3 to 10 are invited to dress up in their finest clothes and attend this royal tea time. Songs, stories and sweet treats will all be provided. A responsible caretaker (age 16+) must accompany children 8 and under. Please register in advance at 704-216-8234.

Gardening Party Saturdays: South, June 1, 11 a.m. Gardening is cheaper than therapy – and you get tomatoes. Come join us Saturday mornings for Gardening Party, a monthly club. This month’s program will feature a plant exchange. Questions? Call Paulette at 704-216-7731.

Displays: Headquarters, African-Caribbean Weaving by Dolly Griffin; East, vintage lunch boxes by Sharon Ross; South, student art exhibit featuring South Rowan High School art classes.

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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