Use Libby to Read or Listen to Books from your Local Library Online Tech Workshop with Don Frederiksen


More books and magazines are available to Twin Cities area residents using the Libby app. Learn how to use this important online tool!

The Libby app from OverDrive is a complete app for borrowing digital books and magazines from your local library. Use it to borrow and read eBooks, eMagazines and borrow and listen to audio books at home or even in your car. Over 90% of the public libraries in North America use the OverDrive platform to host their digital book collections that include classic books and current bestsellers.

This spring, Libby’s benefits for Twin Cities residents became even greater as all seven metro area county libraries have announced that are consolidating their digital collections to the OverDrive platform to be accessible with Libby. This means more books and more popular magazines will be available to SHIFT members who reside in the Twin Cities area using Libby.

This workshop will explore the Libby app and using it to borrow, read or listen to books and magazines from your local library.  If you are not sure if your local library uses OverDrive with Libby, search for your library on the OverDrive website.

The learning agenda in this workshop includes:


1.   Learn the basics of installing and setting up Libby.

2.   Use the website to access your library’s digital collection from your computer’s web browser.

3.   Enter your library card information in order to access your library’s digital resources.

4.   How to explore your library’s digital collection of eBooks, eMagazines and Audio Books

5.   Use Libby to manage holds and loans.

6.   Use Libby for reading and listening to your digital books.

7.   Transfer your borrowed books to a Kindle device.

This class is for all users of laptops, PC’s, smartphones or tablets with an expanding online digital life. 

After the session, you will have access to the resources found on the website. There you will find lessons specifically developed for older adults. Use the online site to review class topics and explore lessons on other topics. 

Date, Location, Price & Time Information:

Dates: Monday, April 12, 2021

Location: Online via ZOOM

Price: Members $15.00 Each/ Non-Members $25.00 Each

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Our Presenter:


Don Frederiksen is the founder and principal of the, the online club that helps older adults stay connected and engaged by learning, sharing and exploring technology. Don could be a Shift poster child with his encore experience.

After 35 years working as an IT leader and manager, trainer, data analyst and developer, his position was terminated in 2017 due to a corporate acquisition. He learned about SHIFT during his outplacement exploration. The continues to be a work in progress with a mission to help older adults be active lifelong learners.

Don started his professional career as a school band director, discovered personal computers in the early 80’s, and never looked back. He traveled the country teaching IT professionals, started two companies and led corporate IT teams. He has a BS from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St Thomas. He lives in St Anthony, MN.

Please note: registering through the event page for the event is just STEP ONE of a TWO-STEP Registration Process.

Step Two: The Zoom link contained on the confirmation or in the confirmation email will take you to a second page, which is the registration process for our Zoom Virtual Conference Platform which will ask you to re-enter your name and email to confirm. That second registration will generate a meeting invitation email which contains your UNIQUE MEETING LINK AND PASSCODE that will allow you to log-in to the meeting/call/workshop at the appointed time.

Yes, we realize that a double registration process can be a bit frustrating, however this addition step is to protect our virtual meeting from uninvited guests gaining access to the online classroom and causing any type of nuisance or disruption.

Thank you for your patience with this additional SHIFT safety process and protocol.


In the event that SHIFT cancels a program, you’ll receive a refund of your registration payment.

SHIFT will not issue credits or refunds in the following circumstances:

  • You cancel your registration
  • You register but do not attend
  • You attend but leave early
  • You do not attend all sessions of a multi-session course
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