Myrtle Beach notebook | Borrow e-books from Chapin Library

mprabhu@thesunnews.comOctober 1, 2012 

— For more than a year Chapin Memorial Library in Myrtle Beach has allowed cardholders to borrow e-books, though many residents aren’t aware of the service.

The library expanded its audiobook selection by adding the e-books, or electronic books – which are books viewable on certain electronic devices – to what director Bridget Livingston calls the virtual branch of Chapin Memorial Library. To borrow an e-book or audiobook, all that is needed is a library card and a device.

Library cardholders can download the books onto any compatible electronic device – ranging from computers and iPods to Kindles, Nooks and other e-book readers. Livingston said there are two databases that cardholders can use to borrow e-books and audiobooks.

“Overdrive allows you to download e-books and audiobooks. OneClickDigital is just for audiobooks,” Livingston said during a Sept. 25 Myrtle Beach City Council meeting. “It offers thousands of options to our readers – both of these resources are constantly being added to.”

Livingston said Georgetown County libraries also offer eBooks. Library staff at Surfside Beach Library said Horry County is in the process of getting a contract to add eBooks to their catalog.

At Chapin Memorial Library e-books and audiobooks are available for checkout for periods of 10 days to up to three weeks and can be renewed.

“You don’t have to take materials back; they’re automatically returned once that time is up,” she said.

Livingston said the library offers one-on-one appointments to help those interested learn how to use an e-book reader every Monday.

See what books are offered by visiting the library online at www.chapinlibrary.com.

Arts to come to Chapin Park

The Myrtle Beach City Council passed an ordinance Sept. 25 that gives artists with valid business licenses the opportunity to obtain annual permits for $25, allowing them to collect money for merchandise or performances. According to the ordinance, artists and performers will be required to collect and remit all applicable taxes on purchases.

The artists will be allowed to exhibit, perform and collect money between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. They will not be allowed to set up during permitted events.

Also, they will be allowed battery powered amplification and required to respect noise ordinances.

Nonperforming artists will be required to set up at least 8 feet apart. Space would be available on a first-come-first-serve basis and all artists will be required to display the permit on site on a removable sign no larger than a sheet of paper, according to the ordinance.

City manager Tom Leath said he thought the artists could be allowed to set up at a closer space but city attorney Tom Ellenburg said there was a reason for the artists to be spread out.

“The purpose is to leave room for them to draw a crowd,” Ellenburg said.

Political signs on private property

Property owners are now allowed to post temporary political signs being that the Nov. 6 general election is less than 45 days away.

Temporary political signs are not allowed on any public right-of-way or utility poles and will be removed.

So feel free to show your support for your favorite candidate – but remember that all signs must be removed within five days after any election.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.

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