Portage County libraries
offer new eBook service
Area residents can get free eBooks by using their Portage County District Library cards. The Portage Library Consortium has a new eBook service called Axis 360.
Included in the digital collection are a wide range of fiction titles or interest to adults, teens and children, as well as a growing collection of non-fiction eBooks.
Axis is a digital media platform which provides an engaging reading experience through its use of Blio, a free app featuring full-color, full-layout digital versions of print books on devices that support the app.
Devices that do not support Blio need the Adobe Editions download for the ePub and pdf versions of eBooks. Blio and Adobe Editions can be downloaded for free from the Axis 360 site.
The Axis 360 collection can be accessed through the PCDL's home page or by visiting http://plc.axis360.bake-taylor.com.
The PCDL also subscribes to the OverDrive digital download service, which includes audio books. For information about library activities, visit www.portagelibrary.org.
Wetlands hearing slated
The city's planning commission will conduct a public hearing on a request for a wetlands setback variance at its meeting tonight (Feb. 20) at 7 in Town Hall.
The request is being made by Anna Maria of Aurora, which is planning an addition at its 889 N. Aurora Road campus. A discussion of the reclassification of funeral home use in the zoning code also may take place.
eBooks added at library
Portage County District Library has announced that it has added more than 150 free eBooks to its digital library collection.
Available anywhere, anytime, patrons can enjoy classic and brand new Sesame Street eBooks, all based on Sesame Street's early childhood curriculum. Service includes eBooks, read-along books, audiobooks, animated books and interactive books.
To access the books, library cardholders can visit www.portagelibrary.org and select the "download eBooks audiobooks" link at the lower left position on the screen. Then select the appropriate link to begin enjoying the collection.
Sign variance granted
for industrial building
The city's board of zoning appeals granted a variance Feb. 13 to Ritee LLC for a sign measuring 35 square feet at its building at 260 Campus Drive. Ritee now must go to the architectural board of review for approval of the sign's design.
Peter Madonia said Ritee, the building's landlord, would like a sign with the names and logos of RoviSys and FeneTech displayed on it, and the sign would be 10 square feet larger than the zoning code allows. Natural landscaping is planned around the sign.
Panel chairwoman Terese Fennell said the sign is in an industrial area where there are no houses and the sign fits into the essential character of the neighborhood and is suitable for the location.
In other matters, Fennell told her colleagues that member Peter French has resigned after being appointed to the planning commission. Tom Carr, the alternate member, will be asked if he wishes to move up as a regular member.
City planner Denise Januska told the panel that the first meeting with the consultant to rewrite the sign code has taken place.
Art show deadline nears
The Reminderville Arts Council will host its fifth-annual regional 2013 Young Artist's Showcase at the Reminderville Municipal Center, with dates and times of the opening to be announced.
Submit an entry by Feb. 22 for a chance to win gold, silver and bronze awards, along with a $25 gift certificate to Michael's.
Download entry forms at www.reminderville.com or pick them up at the Municipal Center, 8288 Glenwood Boulevard, or by email at email@example.com.
Community Expo nearing
The Chamber of Commerce's Community Showcase is coming up March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Aurora High School's main gym. Representatives from businesses, schools, city departments, clubs, non-profit organizations and civic clubs will share information, literature, giveaways and product samples.
Check out new website
The city of Aurora has redesigned its website. To check it out, visit www.auroraroh.com.