STREAM IT through your Library

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:34am

Who says you can't have your very own inhouse theater? You can with the library.  Did you know that your Library offers streaming videos? We do, and there are two options. 

The first option for streaming videos comes from our newest product called Hoopla.

Borrow 30 titles per month with a 72 hour checkout for movies.

Find Disney, family movies, independent cinema, documentaries, award winners, and comedies within the collectionAll titles are available for streaming using on a PC/Mac.

Borrowed titles are only available for download on mobile devices, such as iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) and supported Android phones or tablets.

For additional support, visit this webpage.


The second option comes from OverDrive, offering it's line of streaming videos that includes Paddington Bear (kids), and Highlander (adults).

Borrow and watch free movies right in your web browser, without having to download files or use special software. Similar to all other formats that is offered, the checkout limit is 10 at a time.

Streaming videos work on mobile devices and computers as long as you're using an up-to-date browser with HTML5 support (such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer).

Some DRM-protected videos may require the OverDrive app for iOS or Android or Adobe Flash Player (on a computer).

Some videos have extra permissions (digital rights) that are set by the publisher and may restrict how you can watch the video. For additonal help with streaming videos, visit this page. (

Your library offers additional entertainment options such as emagazines, comics, and music. Check it out!

Entertainment just got better

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:07am

Guess what? Both e-books and comics have been added to CPPL’s entertainment collection from Hoopla. Now users can borrow these formats along with audiobooks, movies, TV shows. These two newly added formats have a borrow time of 2 weeks.

To make this the ultimate superhero encounter, here's your chance to experience all of the DC Comics close-up action with hoopla’s Action View – our immersive-reading technology!

Hoopla takes pride in announcing the addition, today, of DC Comics and Vertigo to you. And, just like heroes are known to do, all the iconic DC Comics Superheroes have arrived just in the nick of time for the Library's summer reading program theme of “Heroes”! Speaking of which, have you signed up for this year's Summer Reading Program for kids, teens, and adults? Hello? Now's the time!

Hugely influential graphic novels The Dark Knight Returns, All-Star Superman, Watchmen, and The Killing Joke are just a taste of what to expect. The Vertigo imprint is also represented as well, with Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman Vol. 1 joining our ranks.

Here are a few features for both formats when using Hoopla’s app (Android, iOS, Kindle fire tablets and other mobile devices).

  • The reading feature in the app includes options similar to Amazon's Whispersync with the ability to read a book across multiple devices and the options to adjust fonts, line spacing, columns and background.
  • For comic book fans, a feature called "Action View" enlarges individual panels with a double tap for easier reading on mobile devices. 

Quick links to fiction/nonfiction eBooks/audiobooks, and subjects for kids/teens

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:30pm

Looking for quicker way to search for fiction or nonfiction eBooks or audiobooks? What if there were quick links for finding eBooks and audibooks for children or teens? There is! 

Visit the digital collection from OverDrive to see the newly expanded subject list on the front-page. Find separate lists for eBook fiction and nonfiction, audiobook fiction and nonfiction, and a list for Children & Teen. 

Interview w/ Diane Lang & Mike Buchanan, authors of The Fat Boy Chronicles

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:45am

As part of the OverDrive Summer Read program young readers at participating schools and libraries can read The Fat Boy Chronicles without waitlists or holds through July 9. Recently we spoke with the authors, Diane Lang and Mike Buchanan about their experiences writing this book.

Where did the idea for the book come from?
Diane: When Mike and I were at a book signing for another novel, a young teen approached us and asked if he could tell us his story.  At the time, Doug Hennig was a sophomore in high school, and seemed very athletic and fit, yet when he was in junior high he was very obese and bullied by his classmates, similar to Jimmy Winterpock in ‘The Fat Boy Chronicles.’ Mike Buchanan and I decided to tell his story to help kids who are bullied because of their weight, or because they seem different from others, and to help kids understand how much their bullied peers suffer. We hoped the book would be a starting point for conversations about bullying, and we hoped the book would create empathy in teens for others.

What was your experience like while writing this book?
Mike: Even though the story is fiction, there is still a lot of truth in it. Many of the scenes are borrowed from our own experiences as teachers and from our lives. When I would work on the more painful days of Jimmy’s life, I would often reflect on my own school days. I would remember how it felt to left out because of being the smallest kid in class. And, regretfully, I would remember the days in which I was the bystander, the times in which I did nothing by watch the victim get bullied. Those days in particular haunt me still. But when I was writing about the entertaining part of being in school, there are many times I laughed out loud.

What do you hope readers take away from The Fat Boy Chronicles?
Mike: I hope the reader will gain a new confidence in themselves and an appreciation of how they truly can change the life of someone else. And “changing” can have two meanings. One is that through your actions, or lack thereof, you have the capacity for destroy a person’s self esteem, restrict their potential as a human and sometimes even cost them their lives. On the other hand, you have within you the opportunity to be a hero for someone, to make a difference in their life that they will remember forever. And all is costs you is a few moments of sitting with them at the lunch table, a simple phrase of “how about leaving them alone?” or being a real friend when someone needs you.

What do you remember about your local library growing up?
Diane: As a child I loved browsing the library, and without the library, I would have never found such wondrous books as “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” “Girl of the Limberlost,” and “Anne of Green Gables.” Some of my other favorite books as a teen were “East of Eden,” “The Pickwick Papers,” and “Sister Carrie.” My all time favorite novel is “All the Kings Men” by Robert Penn Warren. 

I think parents should take their children to the library as soon they are old enough to walk.   My dad loved to read, and he was the one that took me to library before I was old enough to put sentences together. My dad turned me on to “Little Women” and “Ivanhoe,” among many other well-known books.

Any Advice to young writers?
Diane: My advice to young writers is to READ, READ, and READ.  Almost through osmosis, a person who reads a lot of books learns the structure and the nuances of good writing.

Mike: No matter what it is you write about-write! Even if you just write about your day at school, each time you put your words on paper, you get closer to learning your own voice.

We have your Summer READ!

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:42am

Summer reads for adults, teens, and children

From now until June 23rd you can borrow the eBook and audiobook of Kate White’s psychological thriller, Eyes on You without any wait lists of holds. Millions of users from thousands of libraries around the world have the opportunity to join this global book club by enjoying this title by a New York Times bestselling author and former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine.

You can learn more about Kate White, her book and the Big Library Read Program by checking out Also, be sure to follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter. You can also join our Big Library Read conversation on Twitter by following OverDrive and using the hashtag #BigLibraryRead. Don’t forget to join us on Twitter on June 17th at 1 pm for a chat with Kate White!


Meet the Author:
Kate White, the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the stand-alone novels HushThe Sixes, and Eyes on You, as well as the Bailey Weggins mystery series. She is editor of The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. She is also the author of popular career books for women, including I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve. You can contact her or learn more about her at


It's the OverDrive Summer Read program for young readers.Similar to the Big Library Read, this program enables users borrow two titles, The Fat Boy Chronicles and Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky without waitlists or holds until July 9th.

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About The Authors
Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan, both nationally-recognized retired teachers were inspired to write The Fat Boy Chronicles after witnessing the issues of bullying and obesity many students face every single day. Based on a true story, their book has won the National Parenting Publication’s Gold Award, and Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence and is used by schools around the nation in their anti-bullying and childhood obesity efforts. They both serve as guest speakers at schools around the U.S. The sequel to The Fat Boy Chronicles is currently under way.

Sandra Dallas is an award-winning author, dubbed as the quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. She is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award and the two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. For 25 years, Dallas worked as a reporter covering the Rocky Mountain region for Business Week, and started writing fiction in 1990. She has written several novels some of which have been optioned for films.

New from Overdrive: Dyslexic font options and waiting list display

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 2:20pm

This week OverDrive released new updates to our library websites that continue to provide users with a more fulfilling digital reading experience. A few months back we added a dyslexic font option to the OverDrive app. Due to the popularity of this feature it has now been added as an option on your OverDrive-powered digital library website as well. This means users can more easily navigate your site to find titles to enjoy in the same font they have selected to read them in.

The dyslexic font option can be found in the Settings tab under the account button along with a number of other options to help customize the search experience including lending period preferences, maturity level settings and more. This option is now available on all public and school library websites. The Dyslexic font is designed with a heavy-weighted bottom to increase readability for users with dyslexia. Turning on this setting will update all text at the site to the dyslexic font.

Updates to the waiting list display

We have also updated the way users will see what place they are in line for a hold. Instead of displaying the total number of patrons waiting, users will only see the number of holds per copy. This gives users a better idea of when to expect the title thus allowing them to borrow other titles accordingly. 

These updates are live on the digital collection of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library.

post by Adam Sockel is a Social Media Specialist with OverDrive

Pierce Brosnan’s ‘Survivor’ Premieres for Free With Hoopla App

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 7:56am

Streaming app Hoopla is bringing first-run VOD movies to library patrons of for free, with choices like the brand-new Pierce Brosnan-Milla Jovovich actioner Survivor and recent day-and-date VOD release Welcome to Me, starring Kristen Wiig.

Hoopla Digital allows patrons of dozens of libraries across the country access to hundreds of free movies, mostly library titles such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” “Tracks” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” as well as TV shows such as “Marco Polo” and numerous childrens’ programs.

The service also offers music and ebooks. Libraries pay Hoopla a fee for each time a library patron streams a title, while the users can stream on any device, free of charge, for up to three days.

Survivor is also opening in a small number of theaters — just in case moviegoers don’t happen to have a library car.

written by @RealReeceRistau



Onscreen navigation for OverDrive app

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:39am

OverDrive app to be featured in Android Auto demos at Google I/O conference

Exciting news for your library’s audiobooks!  On May 28-29, attendees of the Google I/O conference in San Francisco will have the opportunity to demo OverDrive’s Android app with Android Auto support.  Android Auto was designed to make it easy for drivers to more safely interact with apps, music, maps and more by showing the information clearly on in-car navigation screens. The OverDrive app will enable users to enjoy audiobooks they have borrowed from their library with simple onscreen navigation tools available in a variety of different car models.  The OverDrive app will also be navigable via Google voice commands.

Android Auto extends the Android platform into the car in a way that’s purpose-built for driving. After connecting an Android phone to a compatible car, drivers will be able to “project” their experience onto their car’s in-dash display, giving them access to apps and services which have been optimized for the car with voice input and glanceable controls.

OverDrive continues to invest in the ease of use and broad applicability of its apps.  This offers another opportunity for users to multi-task by enjoying library audiobooks on their commute or while they travel.  OverDrive for Android with Android Auto support is coming soon.

Keep reading all Summer long

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 2:56pm

OverDrive is excited to introduce our inaugural OverDrive Summer Read program, designed to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. This program aims to help prevent the Summer Slide by providing exciting titles young readers that are simultaneously available during the summer weeks. The below titles will be automatically added to the eReading Rooms. Similar to the Big Library Read this program will enable young readers to enjoy these titles without any wait lists or holds during the summer.

The program dates are June 9-July 9.

The Fat Boy Chronicles by Diane Lang & Michael Buchanan. It’s bad enough being the new kid, but as a freshman, Jimmy finds school less enjoyable than many of his classmates. Standing 5’5″ and weighing 187 pounds, he’s subjected to a daily barrage of taunts and torments. His only sources of comfort are his family, his youth group, and his favorite foods. When his English teacher assigns a journal as a writing project, Jimmy chronicles not only his struggles but also his aspirations – to lose weight and win the girl of his dreams. Inspired by a true story and told in first-person journal entries, The Fat Boy Chronicles brings to life the pain and isolation felt by many overweight teenagers as they try to find their way in a world obsessed with outward beauty.

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas. It’s 1942: Tomi Itano, 12, is a second-generation Japanese American who lives in California with her family on their strawberry farm. Although her parents came from Japan and her grandparents still live there, Tomi considers herself an American. She doesn’t speak Japanese and has never been to Japan. But after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, things change. No Japs Allowed signs hang in store windows and Tomi’s family is ostracized.

Things get much worse. Suspected as a spy, Tomi’s father is taken away. The rest of the Itano family is sent to an internment camp in Colorado. Many other Japanese American families face a similar fate. Tomi becomes bitter, wondering how her country could treat her and her family like the enemy. What does she need to do to prove she is an honorable American? Sandra Dallas shines a light on a dark period of American history in this story of a young Japanese American girl caught up in the prejudices and World War II.

If you liked "The Girl on the Train", then read...

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:29am

If you’ve heard anything about the latest in marriage thriller novels this year, you know that the one to read is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. But, if you’ve been trying to get your hands on it through your library (as you should), you may have noticed that you’re not alone. While you wait for your hold on this thrilling title, we’ve got some other books you can check out to tide you over.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica—This thrilling novel uses a shifting viewpoints writing style that is similar to The Girl on the Train and tells the story of a girl who is kidnapped. Mia, the daughter of a Chicago judge is abducted, but her kidnapper decides to go against the plan…you won’t believe the twists and turns ahead.

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison—What do you do when your husband, a committed cheater, decides to actually leave you? Jodi finds out when her husband Todd decides to dissolve their marriage and start a new life with another woman. But Jodi won’t let him go that easily…

Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm—A woman who calls herself Julie from California is living in Paris with a big secret. Her real name is Grace and she’s from Tennessee, a place where two men have just been released from jail for a crime that she planned in great detail. When things went sour, Grace got out on a flight to Europe while the two men took the fall. What will happen if they find her?

A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison—Annie is a happily married wife and mother with a relatively good life. But when a photograph arrives in her mailbox from days long gone, trouble begins to brew. Annie must quickly try to put together the pieces of her life when her past threatens to ruin it all.

review by Emma Kanagaki, Collection Development Analyst (OverDrive)

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