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A tour of Delta County Libraries' website reveals many academic resources, from online classes to encyclopedias to language learning tools. A good number of these cater to students and are used heavily during the school year. However, plenty of other options are available for summer fun, travel and relaxation.

One popular online resource available through Delta County Libraries has just been given a new look and a new name, but it is still easy-to-use. This is RBdigital, which used to be called Zinio. This resource provides library card holders with access to a variety of mainstream e-magazines, featuring both current and back issues, as well as some more unusual magazine titles in an effort to appeal to everyone. The most recent additions to the collection are coloring books, favoring a recent rise in the popularity of coloring to reduce stress. Coloring pages can be downloaded and printed over and over with no limitations on use.

LaDonna Gunn, assistant district director for Delta County Libraries, makes it clear that, while the libraries did not have input on the changes, staff is supportive and will be happy to guide patrons through the steps needed to access these digital magazines.

"It can be confusing when companies alter the websites we are used to using, but more often than not, the changes result in a more streamlined and user-friendly product," explains Gunn. "In this case, Recorded Books is moving away from Zinio with their RBdigital product, but patrons get the exact same content. And, all the user information has transferred to the new platform, so if you already had a Zinio account set up, you won't need to register again."

This should be a simple change for patrons already familiar with Zinio. The biggest adjustment will be a new app for patrons reading electronic magazines on their devices. Recorded Books has also thought this through and users will be instructed how to download the new app on their devices.

Patrons who have never tried Zinio or RBdigital are encouraged to give digital magazines a try. Links are available through www.delta

libraries.org, and there is always a staff member ready to help. Even those without their own devices can take advantage of RBdigital. Since Delta County Libraries checks out iPads as well, any patron with a valid library card can try out this resource and the many others available on the library website.

"Library users can easily enjoy digital magazines at home, on the airplane, in the park, or up in the mountains," says Gunn. "But don't blame us if you get dirt on your device."

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