Holy new content, Batman! DC Comics have arrived at OverDrive

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:52am

From the birthplace of Superman (Cleveland, Ohio!), OverDrive is excited to announce DC Comics and Marvel Entertainment.

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more have never been more popular and they’ve all “joined forces” to take on your users on every device, smartphone and computer.


Whether you enjoy the famous, classic stories or new age adventures, you'll love this collection.

The Best Movies of April on hoopla!

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 9:10am

  • The Company Men (cast and crew) Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Maria Bello, Rosemarie DeQitt, Craig T. Nelson, John Wells, and Claire Rudnick Polstein
  • Last Chance Harvey (cast and crew) Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, James Brolin, Kathy Baker, Michael Landes, Richard Schiff, Joel Hopkins, Jawal Nga, and Tim Perell 
  • Blackfish (cast and crew) Gabriela Cowperthwaite
  • Vampire Academy (cast and crew) Sarah Hyland, Zoey Deutch, Joely Richardson, Olga Kurylenko, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Danila Kozlovsky, Lucy Fry, Gabriel Byrne, Claire Foy, Mark Waters, Jillian Preger DeFrehn, and Stuart Ford 
  • Hatched (cast and crew) Sean Astin, Jeff Foxworthy, Kerr Xu, and Seth Walther
  • Fruitvale Station (cast and crew) Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Ahna O'Reilly, Ariana Neal, Ryan Coogler, Michael Y. Chow, and Lisa Kleiner-Chanoff  

Imaginations Soar with Hoopla Kids Mode

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:50am

Hoopla has introduced a Kids Mode, which limits available content to that appropriate for children 12 and under.

Desktop instructions

  • Log in to Hoopla.
  • Go to the account settings by clicking on your email address at the top of the page.
  • Click the Kids Mode check box then scroll down and click Update

App instructions

  • Tap My Hoopla then the settings icon (top right).
  • Tap Kids Mode.

Note: The most recent version of the app is required.

Maplewood Library transitions to Maplewood Outreach Center

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 8:11am


Your Library is planning to unveil some innovative new services this summer, including the expansion of its popular Library To-Go outreach delivery service.

Library To-Go is one of the library's fastest growing services. It delivered almost 16,000 items to individuals' homes in 2015, and is poised to grow even more this year with the addition of staff and a delivery vehicle. The outreach program has been so successful, so quickly, that it now extends to nursing homes, farmer's markets and local festivals.

"In a very brief time, Library To-Go has exceeded all our expectations," said Dr. Gabriel Morley, library director. "The growth of the home delivery program has been astronomical. It is indicative of the need for more specialized, customized library services in Calcasieu Parish."

"We knew there were people who wanted to benefit from our services but were unable to get to the library," Morley said. "Library To-Go remedied that problem by establishing a homebound delivery service. Patrons tell us what they want and we deliver it to them on a regular schedule. The service is easy to use, efficient, and has received rave reviews from patrons. At this point we are ready to expand the program."

The original Library To-Go pilot program targeted homebound individuals almost exclusively. Building on the success of that pilot program the library will soon begin home delivery service to anyone living in the Maplewood area.

"For the last three years we've been studying how our libraries are used, when they are used, and why they are used," Morley said. "As a result of that investigation, we're developing a new, personalized, service-model that is more effective and more efficient."

Beginning in August, Maplewood residents will be eligible to register for home delivery of books, DVDs, and other materials, including laptops, iPads and Internet Hot Spots.

In order to accomodate the growth of Library To-Go, the Maplewood Library will be converted into the outreach headquarters on June 30, 2016. The Maplewood location was chosen because it is centrally located and has an easily defined geographical boundary, according to Morley. Maplewood is also the least utilized library in the parish.

Maplewood residents who opt not to be included in the home delivery program are encouraged to visit the Sulphur Regional Library, which is open seven days a week and located three miles west of Maplewood.

To sign-up for the Maplewood home delivery service call (337) 721-7148 or stop by the Sulphur Regional Library to pick up an application.

History Lies

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 9:27am

This St. Patrick’s Day we were struck dumb when we found out most of our traditions and thoughts about St. Pat’s Day are myth. Did you know St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish!? He was kidnapped when he was younger by Irish raiders and then years later he served as a missionary. Oh and he definitely did not drive the snakes from Ireland because there never were snakes there!

We got to wondering, what other lies have we taken for fact over the years?

  1. Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity by flying a kite in a storm.

NOPE! People already knew electricity was out there. What Franky my boy was trying to unravel was if lightning was a form of electricity. Yes he tested his theory with a kite and a key, but if that bad boy actually got struck by lightening, there would not have been a Ben Franklin anymore.

  1. The Napolean Complex

Turns out standards of measurement were not so standard once upon a time. History says Napolean was 5 foot 2 inches, but that was French measurements. Turns out Bonaparte was more like 5 feet 7 inches. Pretty average for the time.

  1. Using the Crapper

Thomas Crapper is often attributed to inventing the modern flush toilet, but sadly it is not true. Although he was a plumber and manufacturer of the devices, the invention is credited to Sir John Harington who installed one for Queen Elizabeth in the 16th century.

There are a lot more out there, so we suggest you do some research of your own. Try taking a look at our Lies My Teacher Told Me for other history fun.

written by Kristin Milks, Librarian and Collection Analyst with OverDrive

Confessions of a Serial Video Re-watcher

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 9:21am

I have a confession to make: I am a recovering serial video re-watcher. When I love a movie, I really love a movie, and I will watch it over and over (and over) again. It had gotten to the point where picking new movies to watch seemed like a huge and daunting task. It’s not that I was afraid of commitment: I was just afraid of committing to new movies. As a former DVD librarian, I knew there were all kinds of new titles coming out every week but I still found myself watching the same things in rotation. So what did I do to inject my video viewing with some new blood? You guessed it: Streaming Video from my local library.

Videos are available instantly in your browser or through the OverDrive app and you never have to worry about getting a damaged DVD or overdue fines. And the best part is that they’re free and can be returned with the click of a button (or touch of a screen). You can check out as many titles as your library will allow, then return them and get more.

Have you looked at the streaming videos your library is offering lately? Because I think the selection may surprise you. New content is available for libraries to add every week and there’s a huge variety.

Start browsing today.


written by Rachel Woods, Librarian and Collection Development Analyst (OverDrive)

An Interview with Taya Kyle, widow of Chris Kyle

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 12:02pm

Recently we had the opportunity to speak with Taya Kyle, the widow of Chris Kyle who wrote the #1 New York Times best selling book American Sniper, which was chosen as the next Big Library Read. During our exclusive podcast interview, Taya shared her experiences during their emotional life while Chris was serving overseas as well as dealing with their family transition when he returned. You can listen to the full interview on the Big Library Read website to learn about the Chris Kyle you won’t meet in the pages of American Sniper.

The Big Library Read program kicks off March 17th when OverDrive users around the world will be able to share in the experience of reading and listening to American Sniper at the same time without any wait lists or holds. We’ve created a “global book club” by creating a discussion board at http://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/ where readers can share their thoughts about the book as well as the conversation we had with Taya.

You can hear more author interviews like this and get reading recommendations every week by subscribing to the Professional Book Nerds podcast in iTunes, Stictcher or any other app you listen to podcasts on. Thank you again to Taya for speaking with us and we hope you enjoy American Sniper as a part of the Big Library Read program.

written by Adam Sockel, Social Media Specialist and co-host of the Professional Book Nerds

Food for Fines

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 10:20am

Food for Fines Program Benefits Local Food Pantry

Have any fines on your library account? How about this great deal? Bring in any non-perishable food item to your nearest library branch starting Sunday, March 13 through Thursday, March 24 to receive a coupon for $5.00 off any library fine. All donations will be sent to the Faith and Friends Food Pantry.

NOTE the following:

  • Coupon is not valid for lost items.
  • Sorry, but the coupon doesn't have cash value so no $ balance will be incurred.
  • Limit of 1 coupon per library account regardless of size of donation. 
  • Valid coupons have library branch stamp. 
  • Coupon expires at the end of the year on December 31, 2016.

The Faith and Friends Food Pantry was established in 2000 and is the only organization of its type that serves the entire Calcasieu Parish area. It is located at 4009 J. Bennett Johnston Avenue in Lake Charles (on the corner of J. Bennett Johnston Avenue and Main St.) and those interested in learning more about them can call (337) 439-9494, Monday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Remembering Pat Conroy

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 11:30am

"Recognized by many as a leading author in American literature, Pat Conroy (1945-2016) wrote multiple best-selling novels. He is perhaps best known for The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini.

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