City Corner: Library books available for Kindle downloads

Oct. 2, 2011 at 5:02 a.m.

By Jennifer Sourdellia

Can I download eBooks from the Library onto my Kindle?

Yes, the Victoria Public Library is now offering its eBook collection compatible with the Amazon Kindle.

Patrons can download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone, iPad, Android and more. Simply visit to get started.

Kindle users can browse the library's collection of eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card and select "Get Kindle" to deliver eBooks to their Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app. Users who enjoy eBooks on Kindle will benefit from Amazon's Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and bookmarks pages.

The library also offers eBooks and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as the Smarthphone, MP3 player and eBook reader, such as the Barnes and Noble Nook and Sony Reader.

The library is anticipating a high demand for eBooks and will continue to build its eBook collection, so please check the library's website often for new titles.

The Victoria Public Library partners with OverDrive, Inc., a global leader in eBook distribution for libraries and schools, to offer this service.

For more information, please call the library at 361-485-3294 or visit

I'm planning to attend the upcoming Bootfest event. Where will festival-goers be able to park?

Several streets around the downtown area in the vicinity of Bootfest will be blocked off beginning at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, to prepare and set up for the festival. Because there will be limited parking available downtown, Bootfest organizers have coordinated two Park and Ride locations with shuttle buses providing a free continuous service from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Festival goers will be able to park their vehicles and catch a shuttle bus from the Citizens Medical Center parking lot at 2701 Hospital Drive or from the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center parking lot at 2805 N. Navarro.

For additional information about Bootfest, feel free to browse

Am I required to slow my car down if there is a stopped emergency vehicle on my side of the street?

Yes. State law now requires drivers approaching stopped emergency vehicles - with lights activated - to either slow down or change lanes. Drivers must vacate the lane closest to the stopped emergency vehicle if this is an option, or slow down 20 mph below the speed limit. Emergency vehicles include police, emergency medical service and fire vehicles.

A violation of the law is punishable by a maximum fine of $200. If a violation of the law results in property damage, the maximum fine increases to $500. If a violation of the law results in bodily injury, the offense is upgraded to a Class B misdemeanor.

The Victoria Police Department also advises drivers who come upon emergency vehicles parked at an emergency in a residential area, to travel slowly and proceed with caution to protect our firefighters and police officers.

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 or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.



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