City Corner: Library card is perfect accessory to Christmas e-reader

By Jennifer Sourdellia
Dec. 15, 2013 at 6:15 a.m.
Updated Dec. 16, 2013 at 6:16 a.m.

I'm thinking of giving my daughter an e-reader 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 and the Kindle Tablet, plus almost every tablet, smart phone and e-reader on the market. Patrons can download popular and classic e-books to a Kindle device or any mobile device such as iPhone, iPad, Android and more. Simply visit 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 like the Kindle, the Barnes and 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 the checkout period ends. After 21 days, an e-book can be checked-out again if it's available.

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

What is the holiday schedule for garbage and recycling collection?

All non-emergency city offices will be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 for the Christmas holidays.

Residential trash/recycling

Residential trash collection, yard waste and curbside recycling collection will be picked up as scheduled on Christmas Eve.

Residents with recycling collection Dec. 25 will have their recycling picked up Dec. 28. Recycling carts should be placed by the curb by 7 a.m.

Extra trash collection the week following Christmas

The Solid Waste Department will temporarily halt yard waste collection from Dec. 26-31 to accommodate residents with additional garbage from the Christmas holiday.

Residents are asked to put extra holiday trash in plastic bags, boxes or old trash cans by 7 a.m. Place carts in front of the curb/gutter and/or street with the wheels/handle facing the home. Cart lids must be completely closed. Carts must have a 5-foot clearance between all city issued carts and any additional trash cans or other obstacles.

The Victoria County Landfill, brush site and the Garden-Ville Compost Facility will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and closed Dec. 25 for Christmas.

Christmas tree collection

Live Christmas trees will be picked up as yard waste beginning Jan. 2. Only live trees will be collected. Please make sure that all decorations and metal stands are removed prior to setting it out for collection.

Additional recycling

The city will not pick up extra recycling the week following Christmas. However, extra recycling can be taken to the Waste Management Recycling Center, 809 N. George St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Those using the center must be a city of Victoria resident with a current driver's license and must bring a copy of a city utility bill for verification.

For more information, call 485-3220.

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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