Overdrive Digital at McFarlen Library
FLINT — OverDrive’s digital bookmobile will roll into town on July 28 and park at the Grand Blanc-McFarlen Library from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring their Kindles, iPads, Nooks and other devices to learn about the free downloads offered by the Genesee District Library (GDL).
The 74-foot, high-tech, 18-wheeler includes six learning areas inside: Welcome and Orientation, Audiobook Alley, eBook Experience, Digital Catalog, Gadget Gallery and the Video Lounge featuring instructors, exhibits and interactive stations to help patrons learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks.
The all-day, family-friendly event includes storytelling for kids by Grand Blanc-McFarlen’s beloved storyteller, Miss Carol, from 10:30 to 11:30. Guests can enjoy live music from noon until 2 p.m. by Grand Rapids artist Matt Gabriel. Free lemonade and snacks will be served from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
OverDrive’s digital collections include best-selling authors, new release titles, classics and crowd-pleasers. There are plenty of eBook options for children and teens as well as adults.
Electronic checkouts at the Genesee District Library reached 179,114 in 2014, a 38-percent increase over 2013. Downloaded books automatically expire at the end of their lending date, so patrons do not experience late fees.
The OverDrive digital bookmobile is traveling coast-to-coast, engaging readers with digital collections at libraries and at schools.
To register visit thegdl.org, or call 810-694- 5310. – G.G.
FIA to premier film about Flint Olympic Boxer Claressa Shields
FLINT — T-Rex—an acclaimed documentary about Flint born Olympic gold medal-winning boxer Claressa Shields—will have its Flint area premiere Aug. 5, at the Flint Institute of Arts.
In a partnership between the FIA and the producers of the film, T-Rex will be shown at 7 p.m. in the FIA Theater. That screening, for the general public, will be preceded by a free screening for area youth groups. Admission to the 7p screening is $5. Tickets will be available at the door.
2012 is the first year women are allowed to box in the Olympics, and fighting for gold is 17-year-old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields.
Undefeated and utterly confident, Claressa has a fierceness that extends beyond the ring. She’ll protect her family at any cost, even when their dysfunction threatens to derail her dream. Her coach and father figure, Jason Crutchfield, gives her everything she needs to make it happen, from a second home to intensely focused training.
Directors Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari and producer Sue Jaye Johnson documented their journey from Flint to China to the top of the podium in London and back home, where life is complicated by a surprising lack of endorsements and increasing family pressure. It turns out that getting the gold medal is not her most heroic achievement; staying the course is.
The Flint Institute of Arts is located just two blocks off I-475 in the Flint Cultural Center between the University of Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College. – G.G.