Monticello Public Library offers new services

Posted July 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm


PHOTO: The Monticello Public Library is pleased to offer a new service to the public: music downloads through a service called Freegal. By using your library card, you can access millions of songs online and have the ability to download three free songs a week. Visit the library for more information on this service.


PHOTO: Kids now have access to new educational computers at the Monticello Public Library. These Early Literacy Stations are equipped with educational games for kids ages 2 to 8. (Photo by Kim Brooks)


Times are changing, and Monticello’s Ross & Elizabeth Baty Public Library is changing as well. In order to offer more services to patrons and library card holders, the library has added two new services: free downloadable music and children’s early literacy computers.

The Monticello library has joined Library Ideas, a network of public library websites that offer access to over 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. (This number will increase to over 7 million by the end of this month.)

This new, free service, “Freegal Music Service,” will allow the Monticello Public Library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to over 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries.

Under the terms of the agreement, beginning Monday, July 22, registered Monticello library card holders can download three Freegal music tracks in the MP3 each week at no direct cost. The tracks can be downloaded at The library will underwrite the purchase of the music.

The Freegal Music Service recently announced the availability of free mobile apps for registered cardholders of subscribing libraries. The Freegal Music apps are available in Apple App Store and Google Play.

“We have been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use,” said Michelle Turnis, Monticello Library director. “We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all of its services to the community.”

Brian Downing, co-founder of Library Ideas stated, “Sony Music has an incredibly expansive and popular catalog and we are really excited to partner with them on this, a very important project for libraries. A library is a focal point of the community that requires many tools to excite people about library resources. More than anything, that is the reason for the service.”

Another new service offered on site at the Monticello library is the Early Literacy Station for children.

The library purchased two Early Literacy Stations (ELS), a comprehensive, turnkey educational solution, loaded with over 60 educational software titles for kids ages 2 to 8. The Early Literacy Station offers children a safe, standalone computer that is not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging and academically relevant for children. It’s designed to support school readiness and technology success while making learning exciting and engaging.

The Early Literacy Station’s educational software covers seven areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music, and reference. The system is designed to attract and educate toddlers through early elementary school ages. Many of the software programs contain disguised learning activities that expand the child’s experience through games and extension activities.

AWE’s Early Literacy Station educational software titles include:

La Casa de Dora

SpongeBob SquarePants typing

Giggles Kids My Music World/ABCs and 123s

Kid Pix 3D

Math Doodles

Know Your USA

Sesame Street

Speakaboos interactive storybooks

World of Goo

And many more

The Early Literacy Station has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration by readers and pre-readers alike. Since it is a self-contained computer, the need for adult intervention and technical support is greatly minimized.

Library Director Michelle Turnis said, “These computers are replacing two of our four heavily used children’s computers. They offer a wider variety of activities for children and are already being used and enjoyed by local children and their parents.”

For more information on these new services, or any of the services the Monticello library has to offer, stop in and speak to Turnis or one of the library staff or call 319-465-3354.

The library’s hours during fair week, July 15-20, will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The library will be closed on Saturday, July 20.