August 19, 2008 5:23 pm

InventHelp’s Invention Girl is a huge fan of the Carnegie Library system in Pittsburgh, where InventHelp headquarters are located. I love popping over to my local branch for the latest “gadget-fiction” novels, popular CDs and movies on DVD. And, being able to keep my checkouts for weeks without a late fee sure beats the video store.

Now, some libraries are boosting their technology offerings with an ever-expanding list of digital books, music, and movies that can be downloaded to a computer or an MP3 player. A program in Phoenix, Ariz. (where, by the way, InventHelp has a local office) has proven to be wildly popular – and other big-city libraries are taking notice.

First, you need to be a member of the library, which involves filling out an application and providing ID. Plus, you’ll need internet access and downloadable software like Adobe Digital Editions, the Mobipocket Reader or the OverDrive Media Console. Next comes the fun part – browsing your library’s media selections, adding your choices to your basket and clicking “download.”

After a period of time (usually about one to three weeks), the title simply disappears from your computer, meaning that you don’t have to travel back and forth to pick up and drop off your selections. Best of all, it’s free!

InventHelp and Invention Girl are pleased to see community libraries embracing digital technology. And if there’s one thing the innovators, do-it-yourselfers and technophiles of the world love, it’s easy access to the information tools that make ideas a reality!

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