Pulp-less Fiction: Digital Downloads

This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray.  The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today.   -Beth

Kill a What? Kill a Watt.

Electrical Outlet

Do you have a vampire lurking inside your home?  Chances are you do.  Electricity is being wasted even while your appliances are turned off.  Could it be that your appliances are not as efficient as you once thought?  There is a way to find out about your household energy consumption.

For some time now, the library has made meters available that measure electric consumption in the home. We have recently replaced these meters with brand new ones.  We now offer a meter called Kill a Watt.  The loan period is still 7 days.  To use, unplug your device, plug the watt meter into the socket, and plug your device into the meter.  Further instructions are included.  The meter will allow you to estimate usage and cost over the course of a day, a week, a month, or a year.

I encourage you to take advantage of this equipment for use in your own home.  Vanish the energy-sucking appliances that are silently draining your wallet.  Stop by the reference desk, and ask for a Kill a Watt.


Mango Languages

Going to another country?  Like to watch foreign films, but don’t like subtitles?

You can learn many languages for free by using Mango Languages.  It is available through the Appleton Public Library with a valid library card.

On the library home page, www.apl.org, look down the right hand side until you come to Mango.  Click on the square to sign up.


Choose Create a Profile to start learning.  If you would like to test it first, there is a guest mode which allows you to try out a language before creating an account--click Try It First.

Getting Started

Learn practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insights by listening and saying the words. In the Dashboard, click Learn, then choose your language.  There are more than 57 languages for English Speakers, and 17 for people learning English. 

Mango Spanish

Mango Premiere features films with scene by scene description, vocabulary definitions, cultural tidbits and more.  Currently there are only seven languages in this feature, but more are being added.  Mango Conversations allows you to use the words and phrases you have learned to create conversations.

 Mango Premiere     Mango Conversations

Mango Languages Library Edition app allows you to study on the go.  Check the App Store for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch edition, and Google Play for Android devices.

Mango Library app

You can learn multiple languages in a natural way with Mango Languages.  Try it today!

New OverDrive eReading Room for Kids and Teens

Wisconsin's Digital Library for Kids & Teens

New--Monday, February 17! 

OverDrive has provided a new interface to make it easier for kids and teens to look for books at their interest level.  You may bookmark the new interface on your child's device.  The new screen will only show ebooks and audio books for kids and teens. 

It’s easy to search by interest, ATOS or Lexile levels if you are a parent, and kids can still search or browse like they are used to when finding books of interest to them--by topic, author or title.

Overdrive kids subject

Collections tab

To go to the full OverDrive menu, there is a link in the top left corner of the page which takes you back to the main OverDrive page.

main page link

This makes it easier and fun for kids to find books to read!

New Zinio titles now available!

New magazine titles are:


4 Wheel & Off Road

American Patchwork & Quilting

Analog Science Fiction and Fact


Aviation Week & Space Technology


Baseball America

Beer Connoisseur


Bloomberg Businessweek

Cabin Life

Diabetic Living



Economist—Latin America


Elle Décor

Finescale Modeler

Fit Pregnancy



Gluten-free Living

Guitar Player

Hispanic Network

Hot Rod

iPhone Life

Martha Stewart Weddings

Men’s Journal




Publisher’s Weekly



Taste of Home Holiday

Town & Country

Tulsa Book Review

Us Weekly



Working Mother



If you are new to Zinio you can create a free account through the Appleton Public Library gateway, then make your own Zinio.com account.  You must choose your magazines through this gateway in order to get them for free.


Once you have checked out your magazine issues, you can read online or open the magazines in a free app on your device.  Download the app from your app store, then open the app, touch Read at the bottom of the screen, and download the issues by touching the arrow in the center of the magazine cover.  The percent downloaded will show at the top of the screen.  You will need to fully download the issue, which may take a few minutes.


Issues stay on your device until you delete them by touching Edit, and then the X in the center of the magazine.  They can be restored through a similar process.

Learn more at https://www.rbdigital.com/help/zinio-faq.




Changes to Learning Express (Learn-a-test) start January 3

Have a test coming up--the GED, SAT, or TOEIC?  Or you'd like to polish your math skills or learn about Adobe Photoshop?  LearningExpress Library provides these options and many more.  If you have not yet signed up, please wait until January 3 to create an account and take advantage of the improved format.


"On January 3, 2014 LearningExpress will be updated to LearningExpress Library 3.0.

LearningExpress Library is a collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials for children, teens, and adults. Improve your academic skills, achieve educational goals, and prepare for careers with LearningExpress Library!

LearningExpress Library 3.0 is a whole NEW experience! It offers improved functionality and content including:

  • New and improved site design
  • Easier to use navigation
  • New interactive tutorials
  • Multiple test modes for study and practice
  • Recommendations for additional study

Please note
: the update of LearningExpress and the shift to a new platform requires users to re-register their accounts. Existing accounts will not be carried over to the new version. Work done on the old LearningExpress will be not be available after January 3, 2014.  Please encourage your students to finish all coursework before January 3, 2014.

Users should register for a new account at their earliest convenience after January 3rd.

For questions about the update to LearningExpress Library 3.0, please contact BadgerLink."


Alos, be aware that the official GED® test will be updated on January 2, 2014. The GED® Preparation Center in LearningExpress Library will be removed on December 30, 2013, and new GED 2014® products will be available on the new LearningExpress Library platform in January 2014.  Stay tuned!


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