City Corner column: eBooks, recycling start the year off right

Jan. 8, 2012 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 7, 2012 at 7:08 p.m.

By Jennifer Sourdellia

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

Yes! The Victoria Public Library is excited to announce that its eBook collection is now compatible with the Amazon Kindle.

Patrons may 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.

The Library also offers eBooks and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as the Smartphone, MP3 players and eBook readers, such as the Barnes and Noble Nook, the Sony Reader and devices from other manufacturers.

Kindle users can browse the Library's collection of eBooks 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 eBooks to your 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.

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

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

Now that the city will be offering curbside recycling, will the Huvar Recycling Center be closed?

Yes, the Huvar Recycling Center will close on Feb. 4. The curbside recycling program officially begins on Feb, 6. City residents who have garbage collection and water service with the city have already begun receiving a new 96-gallon recycling container. The city is delivering containers to approximately 20,000 residents, and all delivery is expected to be completed by Jan. 20. Residents who recycle frequently can request an additional recycling cart(s) for an extra $5 monthly fee.

Recycling carts will be picked up every other week. There will be 10 recycling routes/areas, and residents will be receiving letters informing them about the day of the week their recycling will be collected. Recycling will be collected on a different day from residents' normal trash pick-up. All residents will have their first round of recycling picked up between Feb. 6-17.

The curbside recycling program is only available at this time for residential customers in the city limits. Future plans to expand the program to include businesses and apartment complexes are being discussed.

Victoria County residents are not included in the curbside recycling service. County residents with questions about recycling are encouraged to contact their county commissioner.

For more information, please contact Environmental Services at 485-3230 or visit and click on "Environmental Services."

When is the next book sale at the Victoria Public Library?

It's that time of year again - time for the Friends of the Victoria Public Library Book Sale. If you love books and bargains, then this sale is for you! The book sale will be Jan. 16-21 in the Bronte Room at the library. Book sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

A pre-sale for Friends of the Library members will be from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 15.

There will be a variety of books, tapes, CDs and special books for all ages and interests.

If you would like to donate some books for the sale, feel free to drop them off in the library foyer. There is a special bin for donated books for the book sale.

For more information, please call 361-485-3302 or visit

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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