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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)

Calling all audiobook users.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:25am

We are excited to announce a new listening option for audiobooks is here. It's called OverDrive Listen.

Similar to OverDrive Read for eBooks, OverDrive Listen offers the same ease of use; simply browse, borrow, and listen right in your browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser.

Using OverDrive Listen, you can add bookmarks, take notes, or make highlights.

This additional listening option will be automatically added to MP3 audiobooks in the digital collection (where publisher permits). Look for additional new listening options in the future.

Start searching and listening with this list of audiobooks.


A MUST read for Ernest Cline fans!

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:44am

Being a Librarian is awesome. It really, really is. One of the many reasons I love my chosen profession is Advanced Review Copies. I’ve been not-so patiently awaiting the arrival of the new Ernest Cline book, Armada, for months now and I was ecstatic when it arrived last week. Ready Player One blew my mind when I read it a few years ago so Armada had big shoes to fill. Well, I read it in one sitting this past weekend and I’m elated to report that it did not disappoint. Armada is by far the most entertaining, thrilling, and provocative book I’ve read in ages.

Zack Lightman is counting down the days until his high school graduation, biding his time immersed in his favorite video game, Armada, and working his part-time job at a video game store. He constantly dreams of adventure or something exciting to happen in his meager suburban existence. All that changes one fateful day when he he sees a spaceship outside of the window of his math class. But it’s not just any spaceship, it’s an exact replica of the alien ships he sees every day in Armada. Soon Zack is called to put his impressive gamer skills to use and defend the planet from impending invasion. Thus begins an electrifying sci-fi tour de force that has shocking surprises around every turn.

Filled with Cline’s signature pop-culture references, this book is a must-read for anyone who has ever proudly labeled themselves a Nerd, Geek, or Gamer. Cline’s fast-paced and engrossing writing will appeal to anyone who loves an adventure. Armada also has immense YA/Adult crossover appeal. This is a perfect summer reading book for high school-aged boys (everyone’s favorite reluctant readers!) and I see an endless opportunity for library programming tie-ins. With the movie version of Ready Player One coming soon, there will be a huge amount of author interest and I don’t think anyone will disagree with my prediction that this will be an immediate bestseller. Wil Wheaton will be teaming up with Cline again to narrate the Audiobook so be sure to check that out as well!

Ernest Cline, I salute you. And I can’t thank you enough for this phenomenal book. An eBook version should be available to borrow on July 14th.

reviewed by Rachel Kray, Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive and is anxiously waiting for the Earth Defense Alliance to recruit her…

The electrifying "Poldark Saga" by Winston Graham

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:56pm

British officer Ross Poldark returns to England after the American Revolutionary War only to find that his father has passed, his home is in disarray, and his fiancée is engaged to another man. There is passion, struggle, justice, war, and that is only the first installment. The electrifying historical novels of Winston Graham were brought to life initially by the BBC. Starting in June, PBS' Masterpiece will feature an eight-part series based on the same novels starring Aidan Turner (previously starred in The Hobbit). The first three books are available for downloading now.


A little bit of love, romance, and fantasy

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:19am

Looking for a little romantic read in your life? Try the sample of titles below from the Library's various collections. 

Want to fill up your reading time with more romance titles? Here's a list of books, eBooks, audiobooks, and more from the Library's online catalog.

You may also visit our two vendor's collection: Overdrive and Freading

If you loved "The Shining", you've got to read this one.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:13am

My husband and I often daydream about selling all of our possessions and buying a little cabin in the middle of the woods in Vermont or upstate New York. We could read books all day and listen to music; he could write and I could knit scarves and no one would bother us. Well, after reading House of Echoes, upstate New York is off the fantasy list. Brandon Duffy scared me. And I loved every second of it.

Ben Tierney inherits a small plot of land in the town of Swannhaven (upstate New York) from his Grandmother. With grandiose visons of a new start and a second chance at life, he decides to move his wife, Caroline, and two children, eight year old Charlie and a little baby nicknamed Bub, away from the hustle and bustle of their life in New York City. The young couple purchases a decrepit yet magnificent centuries-old manor in Swannhaven with the intention of renovating it into a charming Bed and Breakfast. But almost as soon as they arrive in this rather Podunk town, their fantasies begin turning into the worst nightmare they could imagine.

The characters of Ben, Caroline, and Charlie are all immensely sympathetic. Ben genuinely wants to do what is best for his family but cannot seem to grasp anything beyond his own suppressed desires. Caroline is dealing with the loss of her job and a mean case of postpartum depression. And Charlie is a very introverted young boy who has trouble relating to other kids and takes his fantasy life too far into his own reality. My favorite character in the novel was the town of Swannhaven; rich with a bloody history, dauntless resolve, and lurid secrets. All of this woven together creates a stunning novel that you won’t be able to put down.

House of Echoes is a must-read for any and all horror fans. If you loved The Shining, this book is perfect for you. Fans of mystery and thriller novels will also love the ‘whodunit’ aspects of the novel and everyone will appreciate Duffy’s wonderfully crafted prose. It’s difficult to believe that this is Brandon Duffy’s first novel – I’m profoundly anxious to see what he has in store for us next.

Rachel Kray is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive and will be sure to do her research before moving to a small town in the middle of nowhere.

A book review for Krakheads

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 10:31am

Reviewing Missoula by Jon Krakauer

I am a Krakhead (self-diagnosed).  I have read every book by Jon Krakauer, some more than once, some more than twice.  The first road trip that my husband and I went on, we listened to Into the Wild, sometimes going hours without speaking, absorbed in what we were hearing.  It is really not possible to describe how much I enjoy everything about Krakauer’s books, from his research to his ability to keep humanity at the core of it all.  When I heard about the announcement of Missoula, his newest book, I knew I would be reading it as soon as I could get my hands on it.

Missoula is a book that deals with campus rape and sexual assault at the University of Montana in Missoula.  Krakauer, as is his signature style, has dug deep into this college town what exact made the Department of Justice single them out in an investigation from 2008 to 2012 and shows readers the horrors of acquaintance rape.  We are introduced to several women, learn about their lives and families, and the horrors that were done to them, by their assailants, the community at large, and, in some cases, the local justice system.  The book shines a light on the underreported and misunderstood crime of sexual violence by acquaintances, and what exactly is was that made these stand out so much in Missoula, especially in connection with Grizzly football players.

This is not an easy book to read, but it is important.  Krakauer starts his book with a warning to readers that there are graphic descriptions of what has been done to these women, and it was difficult to read at times.  By pulling straight from police, emergency, and court documents, along with interviews from the victims, we are shown a brutally honest picture of what happens to these women, both during and after their attacks.

This book could not come out at a more auspicious time, given the controversy that is currently surrounding the Rolling Stone magazine article and retraction about campus rape at UVA.  The point that Krakauer drives home again and again is that while false claims do happen, the vast majority of rapes that are reported by women are real.  And the hurdles that one has to jump over after filing a report are so high that many women do not report at all, and if they do, they become the center of such scrutiny that it is difficult for many victims to handle.  Unlike most other crimes, where no one blames the victim, acquaintance rape leads to scrutiny of the victim in a way that burglary, assault, identity theft, and others are not.  Krakauer lays this out for the reader in his straightforward style, being careful to stay as impartial as possible throughout.

This is one of the best books I have read this year.  That being said, it was the hardest.  I did have to put the book down and walk away on more than one occasion, but I kept coming back.  As I was once a college coed, I know many women who were in similar situations; I drove friends to the hospital, sat holding their hands.  Krakauer’s book, while tough to read, is an important title for all, and hopefully can begin to bring about change that we need, both on and off of college campuses.

reviewed by Meghan Volchko, Collection Development Specialist at OverDrive and she hopes to Take Back the Night.

Books for dog lovers

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 10:23am

We all know librarians love them some cats, but I have a confession: I’m a total dog person! The first book I ever checked out from the library was The Poky Little Puppy.

Growing up, we always had dogs and they were treated as family (actually, they were treated better than family). They went everywhere with us; my dad’s German Shepard, Junior, rode on the lawnmower with him. Once I moved out on my own, I was desperate for a furry companion but my apartment did not allow pets. I lived vicariously through my friends by spoiling their dogs and filling my phone with pictures of them (I even have a painting of my best friend’s beagle, Betty Davis).

On Halloween 2013 the timing was finally right for me to get a puppy of my own. I still remember picking up my sweet shih-tzu/pit mix, Fancy (pictured), from the Mineral County Humane Society. She immediately wriggled into my lap and covered my face in kisses. She is the best Halloween treat I could ever receive and I can’t imagine my life without her now. Like other pet parents, I truly think of her as my child. If you’re a fellow dog devotee, you’ll love these titles:

Dog Shaming by Pascale Lemire – Based on the popular blog, this book lets us laugh at the embarrassing, shameful, and gross things our beloved fuzz butts sometimes put us through (like eating the tv remote and two replacement remotes).

I Could Chew on This by Francesco Mariculiano – If your dog had opposable thumbs and could write poetry, this book would be the result.

Shiloh – A young boy rescues a beagle from an abusive owner in this touching tale. Bonus: this book is set in my home state! Montani Semper Liberi!

Underwater Puppies by Seth Casteel – This collection of photos featuring submerged puppies will kill you by overload of cuteness.

reviewed by Michelle Ross, Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive and is the proud owner of the most adorable dog in the world

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