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Library is closed today due to weather conditions

201 Main Street is closed but library online services are always available. Get onboard and visit the library! Read or listen to a good book, browse magazines, study a language, do research and much more. Thousands of downloadable ebooks and audio books can be found at; hundreds of magazines and newspapers (current and historic) are available at Discover all of the library’s online services at
So, come on in and enjoy your virtual library.
We hope to be open tomorrow; call or check our website to be sure we are open.

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e-Reader Update

In September, we updated the eReaders that we make available–fully loaded with best-selling books– for patrons to borrow. Our collection now includes two Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablets, two Amazon PaperWhite eReaders, and two Google Nexus 7 Tablets with eReader Apps from Amazon and Barnes and Noble installed. (We also continue to offer a Nook GlowLKindle Fire Hdx 7ight for young adult readers, and another Nook GlowLight with Spanish-language books.)

JJML has been loaning eReaders since the days of the early Amazon Kindle (the one with the keyboard) and Barnes and Noble Nook. We started with one Kindle and one Nook, arbitrarily deciding that the Kindle would hold fiction books and the Nook, nonfiction. Over time, we added and replaced Kindles, but the Kindle/fiction, Nook/nonfiction scheme remained in place (as did our aging Nooks).

A recent review of our statistics, however, showed us that this was no longer an effective plan. Nonfiction always has lower circulation than fiction, but recently the non-fiction eReaders weren’t circulating at all. We determined this was due to the age of the Nooks, which lacked newer, in-demand features of modern eReaders: light weight, touch screens, and self-contained lighting to make them readable in the dark. So, we decided to replace them, and in the process, bring all our books, fiction and non-fiction alike, to all our eReaders.

The Kindle Fire HDx devices are both eReaders, and full Android tablets (although with a heavily modified version of the Android operating system.) The PaperWhites are simply eReaders, with beautifully readable, easy-on-the-eyes black on white touch screens. They have adjustable lighting surrounding the screen that makes them easily readable in dark rooms. Our Nexus tablets are full-on Android tablets which have both the Amazon Kindle and Nook reader apps installed, as well as our full collection of over 100 fiction and 60 non-fiction titles.

Periodically, we add new books to our e-Readers. When we do, all the books are added to all the devices (except the specialty young adult and Spanish Language Nooks). So, if you’ve put a hardcover bestseller on hold, or reserved it from Live-brary (our eBook download service), but would rather read it now than wait for it to come in, you may want to check our eReaders to see if the title is available there. If it is, that means that six more copies are available, and since we don’t send our eReaders out on inter-library loans, chances are you will find one available. The loan period for eReaders is two weeks–same as print books–and they are renewable, one time.

Recently added titles include:


  • The English Spy by Daniel Silva
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
  • Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy Book 2) by Pierce Brown
  • The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • Make Me by Lee Child
  • The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Purity by Jonathan Franzen
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • X by Sue Grafton


  • American Sniper by Chris Kyle
  • The Art of the Memoir by Mary Karr
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Neshisi Coates
  • The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge, M.D.
  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  • Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
  • A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren
  • The Last Love Song by Tracy Daugherty
  • On the Move by Oliver Sacks
  • M Train by Patti Smith (pre-order)
  • The Road to Character by David Brooks

A complete list of all the books on our eReaders can be found by doing a simple search for “Kindle” in our catalog…or you can click here: Kindle Search.

If you’re new to eReaders, the JJML staff will be glad to do a quick run-through on their operation with you when you borrow the device.

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Waiting for a Book on Hold?

LeanIn SignatureAllThingsIf you’ve put a recent best-seller on hold here at the library, or through our online catalog, and you’re getting tired of waiting for your turn with the book to roll around, don’t lose heart! To make your wait a little shorter we’ve started adding New York Times best-sellers and current-year award-winning books to our collection of e-readers and tablets that you can borrow. As of today (October 22, 2013) we’ve loaded up our Kindle with 14 in-demand fiction titles, and our two Nooks with nine hot non-fiction books. Our two Nexus 7 tablets have all 23 new fiction and non-fiction books. And, each week we’ll scan the New York Times lists to see which new books have  moved into the ranks of best-sellers so we can add them to the e-readers. From now on you’ll  have at least three more options for getting your hands on that hard-to-get book you’ve been waiting for.

Here’s the list of books just added to the e-readers this week:

Kindle eReader and Nexus 7 Tablet

Nook eReader and Nexus 7 Tablet

These are in addition to about 20 books that were previously installed on each device.

Our tablets and e-readers can be borrowed for 14 days, and then can be renewed one time. Call 631 725-0049, ext. 0 for more information. The library staff will be happy to give you a quick tutorial if you’ve never used an e-reader before.

Want to read that best-seller now? Check-out one of our e-readers or tablets and it cold be in your hands today.

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Changes to iPad Download App

If you use an iPad or iPhone to borrow and read ebooks or audiobooks from John Jermain, Please be aware that OverDrive will release an updated version of the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) mobile app for iOS and Android (v2.6.5) on Tuesday, May 29. The steps explained below need to be taken when you update to this version. (Overdrive is the company that runs the download service for the library.)

If you do not currently take advantage of John Jermain’s free ebook and audiobook download service, but would like to, and need help getting started, please call the library at 725-0049, and ask to speak with Sue Mullin or Eric Cohen, who will be glad to fill you in on how the service works, and even set up an appointment with you to walk you through the process of setting up your e-reader, or audiobook player and downloading your first book.

Here are the details:

OverDrive Media Console for iOS v2.6.5 (iPad, iPhone)

New in this realease:

  • Enhancements to improve the speed of the in-app browser
  • Bug fixes
  • Reauthorization of Adobe ID for ALL iOS users required by Apple
Due to a change in Apple’s privacy policies, we’ve had to make changes to the way we handle licensing of EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks. As a result, the OMC for iOS v2.6.5 update will de-authorize every users’ Adobe ID and prompt them to authorize again. Audiobook users will be unaffected unless attempting to download parts from a book that was only partially downloaded prior to the v2.6.5 update.
eBooks – Adobe AuthorizationAfter installing the update, users with authorized Adobe IDs in place will see the following message:
eBooks – Adobe Authorization
Clicking ‘Sign In’ will show the ‘Adobe Authorization’ screen. The deauthorized Adobe ID is pre-populated, so the user will only need to enter the password. The ‘Forgot password?’ link will be available.
eBooks – Adobe Authorization
Audiobooks – Downloading additional partsAudiobook users won’t notice anything different unless they attempt to download parts of audiobooks partially downloaded to OMC before installing the v2.6.5 update. In this case, the following message is displayed:
Audiobooks – Downloading additional parts
Users will need to download the title again from their digital library website bookshelf to download the missing parts.
These updates will be messaged in the App Store and on the “What’s New” screen. Additionally, there are two help articles available to help with these updates:

Overdrive Media Console for Android v2.6.5 (Android e-readers or phones)

Note: The issues with Adobe authorization and audiobook downloads will not impact the Android release. of OMC v2.6.5.

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Print Books Are Holding Their Own

Some people are worried that with the advent of ebooks people will stop reading print books. But our friends at are not so sure. According to the statistics they’ve compiled (see the infographic below), printed books are holding their own and are likely to continue to do so.

(Post continues following the infographic with a chart showing our e-book circulation and some print circulation statistics for comparison.)

E-books Infographic

Infographic courtesy of

John Jermain Library eBook Circulation Chart

This chart includes ebooks that are downloaded from our free Live-brary download service, but not our circulating Nooks and Kindle. By way of comparison our circulation of print books averages 4,143 items per month. Circulation of other items (DVD, magazines, etc.) averages 3,144 items per month.

So, while circulation of printed books has decreased a bit in recent years, and ebook circulation is steadily increasing, print books are still a popular choice among John Jermain patrons.

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Now Wirelessly Download eBooks to the Nook

From Overdrive’s Digital Dispatch newsletter:

Borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the library just got a whole lot easier for users of the NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™. Last week, Barnes & Noble added the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app to the NOOK Apps™ storefront. This NOOK app enables users to wirelessly borrow eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library.
Nook color

All NOOK devices, including NOOK 1st Edition, NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, have always enabled users to read eBooks borrowed from libraries and schools, but the process required sideloading the files from a computer using Adobe Digital Editions and a USB cable. Now users of NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color can borrow eBooks and audiobooks wirelessly using the OverDrive app.

Users can visit the NOOK Apps storefront to install the free OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app. The app enables users to locate a library or school nearby, browse or search their eBook and MP3 audiobook collection and, after entering a valid library card or school ID,  check out and download the title for a lending period of one to three weeks (depending on the library or school’s policies). At the end of the lending period, the title simply expires.

The version of OMC available in the NOOK Apps storefront is OMC for Android v2.5, so any instructions found on library Help pages related to OMC for Android will apply to the NOOK app. While the app is free, users will need a valid NOOK account in order to download the app.