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City Corner column: City waste department to pick up live Christmas trees

By By Jennifer Sourdellia
Jan. 6, 2013 at 9:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 6, 2013 at 7:07 p.m.


I have a live Christmas tree that needs to be discarded. When will the city begin picking up Christmas trees with the garbage collection?

The holidays are over, and now it's time to discard your live Christmas tree.

The City of Victoria Solid Waste Department will begin collecting live trees as yard waste starting Monday. Only live trees will be collected, and trees must be free of lights and decorations.

Flocked trees will not be picked up. Residents can take flocked trees to the Victoria County Landfill for proper disposal.

For questions or if you need more information, please contact the Solid Waste Department at 361-485-3220.

I enjoy starting the new year by attending the library's winter book sale. When will the book sale be?

You are in luck because it's almost time for the Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Victoria Public Library. The book sale will be in the Bronte Room during regular library hours from Jan. 14 through Jan. 18 and from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 19. Books will be sold at half-price on the last day of the book sale.

A presale for Friends of the Library Members will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

If you are looking for great books at bargain prices, you don't want to miss this sale. There will be books, tapes, CDs and special books for all ages across a variety of genres, including fiction and nonfiction, children's books and hundreds of books on an endless array of subjects and interests.

If you would like to donate some books for the sale, feel free to drop them off at the back door of the library during regular operating hours.

For more information, please call 361-485-3302 or visit the Victoria Public Library website

I received a Kindle for Christmas. Does the Victoria Public Library offer downloadable e-books for Kindle? How many titles can be checked out at a time? How long can e-books be checked out?

Yes! The Victoria Public Library's e-book collection is compatible with the Amazon Kindle. Patrons can download popular and classic e-books to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone, iPad, Android and more. Simply visit the South Texas Libraries Overdrive website to get started.

The library also offers e-books and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as the smartphone, MP3 player and e-book readers such as the Barnes & Noble Nook, the Sony Reader and devices from other manufacturers.

Kindle users can browse the library's collection of e-books from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a VPL library card (you will need your pin number) and select "Get Kindle" to deliver e-books to your Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app. Users who enjoy e-books on Kindle will benefit from Amazon's Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and bookmarks pages.

Titles from the e-book collection can be checked out for 21 days, and five e-book titles can be checked out at a time. There are never overdue books or late fees on e-books - titles automatically return to the library's collection. After 21 days, an e-book can be checked out again if it's available.

If you are a new Kindle user and need some assistance with learning how to take advantage of the library's free collection of downloadable items, be sure to join the library staff for this month's Tech Talks, "Download Now," from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 in the Bronte Room. Learn how to download e-books and e-audiobooks using the library's downloadable service, Overdrive. Class participants will:

•  Learn how to browse, check out and download Overdrive downloadable audiobooks;

•  Learn which devices are compatible with the Overdrive service;

•  View and handle selected compatible devices and see demonstrations of the download process.

For more information about this free presentation, call the library at 361-485-3294 or visit the Victoria Public Library website

Do you have a question about the city of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing jsourdellia@victoriatx.org or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.

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