OverDrive is excited to announce that your readers now have another way to access library eBooks with a direct borrow option from the all-new Kobo eReader.
Kobo has released their highly-anticipated new electronic paper device, the Kobo Aura One, which enables users to borrow eBooks directly from their local library, in addition to purchasing through the Kobo store. Using OverDrive’s highly-rated APIs, Kobo has connected to library catalogs to provide a direct borrow and place a hold option for library eBooks.
After purchasing the new device, a user can opt-in to use their device with their OverDrive library and sign-in using an OverDrive account and their library card. A user will then be directed to the enhanced Kobo catalog to buy or borrow/place a hold on titles available through their local library. Upon borrowing, the title will be automatically synced and downloaded to the user’s device, and will expire at the end of the lending period.
Find more details about the new Kobo eReader’s borrowing experience in our Help article.
Do you have a library card? No! Then it's time you get one. It's FREE, and here's how to get it.
Did you know that the library isn't just about books? We checkout books/eBooks, audibooks/eAudiobooks, movies, music, video games, cake pans, hotspots, laptops, American Girl dolls, etc.
Visit our website to find out more about what you can get for FREE! And all you need is a library card.
Who knew? Manga titles are not just for entertainment reading. They can be great for children and teen education purposes as well. Manga titles often include wisdom and knowledge while maintaining the characteristics of being fun, easy to understand and something readers can relate to and enjoy. That’s why manga can not only entertain a reader, but also teach them various information and mindsets while touching on new thematic elements. Manga can welcome a reader to a completely new world, and help guide their growth.
In 2015, the Nippon Foundation launched project “Manga Edutainmment”. In this project, 100 outstanding mangas that can be read for fun and education were chosen, and these are distributed not only within Japan, but to overseas readers as well. These 100 titles include 11 genres such as literature, history, science etc. The Nippon Foundation aims to make society better through “Edutainment” of manga.
September is known around the literary world as Library Card Sign Up Month, a time to boost awareness of all the goodness your library has to offer. Sometimes it’s as simple as reminding families in the community what you have to offer.
As of 2010, libraries in the United States offered more than 2.3 million children’s programs, which account for nearly two thirds of all library programming.
In alignment with Library Card Sign Up Month, OverDrive is celebrating the 3rd annual Read an eBook Day on September 16, spreading the love for the convenience and ease of use of digital content available from the library. Let's spread the #eBookLove all year long.
written by Adam Sockel, Social Media Specialist for OverDrive
Meet our newest online service, e-Bookalerts that notifies you of amazing eBooks matching your interest.
As a subscriber, you get daily and weekly updates, and direct links to the OverDrive collection with a link to place a hold.
As soon as that eBook “hits the e-shelf” you’ll know about it.
Here’s your chance to explore before we introduce this service to our patrons.
NOTE: This is limited to the eBooks in OverDrive.
- You will need to log into the library's online catalog.
- You may be directed to the place a hold page, so place a hold.
- When the eBook is available, you’ll receive an email to checkout/borrow (depending upon your OverDrive settings).
DISCOVER MANGO WITH BLUETOOTH
Introducing the new auto play feature: Bluetooth controls!
Now there are even more ways for you to learn a new language, or brush up on a new language with Mango Languages. The auto play feature on mobile works with Bluetooth controls to play, pause, or skip Mango lessons, just like music tracks.
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library is pleased to announce that Marjorie Harrison has been named Library Director.
Harrison comes to Calcasieu Parish from Salem, Oregon where she managed services to state government at the Oregon State Library and has also worked for over 25 years in public, state, and special libraries in various capacities. Prior to her tenure at the Oregon State Library, she was the Library Director of the San Juan Island Library in Friday Harbor, WA.
As an English and Sociology major at the University of Detroit, Harrison was fascinated by the many research resources available at the library.
“I had originally planned to pursue a career in social services, but my career and life path quickly changed after taking a job at a small urban library,” she says. “I enrolled in the School of Library Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, and graduated with an MSLS a couple years later.”
“I believe that at the heart of every great community there is a library,” Harrison continued. “Libraries, no matter what the type, connect people to community resources, information, and services. This is one of the things I value most about libraries; community connections.”
Harrison began her start as Calcasieu Library director on August 1.
“We are very excited to have Mrs. Harrison here with us,” said Christy Comeaux, Public Information Officer for the library. “She has a very community centered approach to directing and we are eager to work with her. I know our communities will be thrilled to have her on board.”
When she’s not working or hanging out in libraries, Marjorie enjoys spending time with her family; 12-year old son, Graham, and husband, Conrad.
“We like all kinds of artsy things like music, theater, and going to the movies. Graham is a sports fanatic and we’ve learned to enjoy watching football, basketball, and other sporting events. We all love to swim. I like to hang out with our two dogs, Trixie & Kevin, and go walking in the park and down hiking trails. Since I’m not the greatest cook, we like to go out to eat a lot and try different restaurants.”
What are the keys to longevity? If you ask Dan Buettner, the author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, he’d list nine key factors. They range from slow down and don’t stress out, to have a clear purpose in life, to eat mainly plant based foods and put family first. Nowhere on his list, however, does he suggest sitting down and reading good books.
And yet a new study by researchers at Yale University’s School of Public Health indicates that people who read books (but not so much magazines and newspapers) live two years longer, on average, than those who don’t read at all.
Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale, is quoted in The New York Times as saying, “People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read.” “And the survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many other variables.” Precisely how book reading contributes to increased longevity is not spelled out. You can read the abstract for the new study here.
written by Dan Colman for Open Culture: The best free cultural & educational media on the web
Now that we’ve entered June, summer reading has officially begun! I’ve had a copy of The Girls by Emma Cline on my shelf for a while now, but just needed the long weekend and some sunshine to devour it. This is a truly mesmerizing novel.
Evie Boyd sounds like a normal 14-year-old girl; she recently had a falling out with her best friend and needs to find something to occupy her time during the long summer days in Northern California. By chance, she meets Suzanne and is instantly captivated by her presence. It’s through Suzanne that Evie is sucked into the world of Russell and “the group” that lives on a farm nearby. Eerily similar to Charles Manson’s movements in the 1960s, this story creates a world of its own that is unique and haunting.
I thoroughly enjoyed the way the novel focuses on the relationships between the main characters. As a teenager, it’s common to think of yourself in terms of how other people see you rather than how you see yourself. The prose is gorgeously written and the setting is described to the point where I could very clearly see these places. This is the perfect summer read; it’s thrilling and gripping but builds slowly before all is finally revealed. Run, don’t walk to check out this book from your local library right now! The Girls is out on June 14, 2016!
By: Emma Kanagaki, Librarian and OverDrive Collection Development Analyst.
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