Bluetooth and Mango Languages

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:36pm

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.

Watch this video to see how.

Calcasieu Libraries Announce New Library Director

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 7:47am

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.”

Book Readers Live Longer Lives

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 10:29am

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 Longesthe’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

Reviewing the captivating The Girls by Emma Cline

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 2:09pm


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.


Creating Reading Happiness: Celebrating Audiobook Month!

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 9:14am

June is widely known as Audiobook Month, a time to celebrate the greatness that is reading with your ears! Audiobooks are perfect for people with busy lifestyles who don’t always have time to sit down with a book regardless if it’s digital or physical. Over the last few years, as the process for enjoying digital audiobooks has been simplified we’ve seen circulation of this format take off. The growth in usage of digital audiobooks has grown even faster than that of eBooks.

People are borrowing digital audiobooks from their library more than any other source. Audiobooks offer more than just convenience for people on the go. In fact, they provide countless benefits for readers of all ages:

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Whether a child is learning how to read for the first time or is discovering a brand new language, audiobooks help them better understand sentence structure, context clues, flow and pronunciation. Studies have even shown that audiobooks can help with knowledge retention. They can even help young readers develop critical listening skills that are essential for all walks of life. Some readers may struggle to read at their age level, leading to frustration and dropping the idea of reading all together. Audiobooks are a great solution that lets them read at their grade level. Try pairing an audiobook with an eBook with students. It’s a great way to make sure the highest amount of information possible is retained from a reading experience.

Pass the time
We all have tasks to accomplish each day that might not be the most exciting things in the world. Whether it’s finishing up house chores, cooking dinner for the family, walking the dog or going for run, audiobooks make that time fly by. An enthralling audiobook can even make traffic seem like it’s not so bad. You might just find yourself taking the long way home to finish up a chapter.




a1bcf4fedd82731823051d626d7351c1Narrators! Sweet, sweet narrators

I still remember story time from when I was a child. My dad would sit on the bed and read stories to my brother and I, making up different voices for each character we met in our books. I like to think that these magical moments were some of the many reasons why I fell in love with reading. You regain that lost whimsy when you hear a truly talented voice actor read an audiobook. There’s something special about letting your mind wander to the worlds they’re creating and imagining all the characters and their experiences.

An added narration bonus is when writers themselves read their books. Personally, I love hearing comedians share stories. It’s like getting hours of stand-up comedy for free. Not to mention the fact that hearing authors read their stories makes me feel like I know these people on a personal level. What I’m saying is, I’m basically besties with the likes of Billy Crystal, Felicia Day, Nick Offerman and Neil Patrick Harris.


Read more!
Think of all the books you can get through when you add in all those times you thought you didn’t, “have time to read.” When you take all the hours spent in cars, running around, working out or performing mindless tasks it adds up to dozens of books a year you can get through, if not more. Instead of swapping CDs out every hour, you can take entire audiobook adventures with you on your smart phones anywhere you go.

written by Adam Sockel, OverDrive Social Media Specialist and audiobook addict

What's Perfect for Travel? DUH! Audiobooks

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:50am

The season is a-changing and with it (unless you’re in Australia *hashtag sorry*) comes warm weather, cool nights and the promise of outdoor reading time. But what’s that you say? You must travel for work/weddings/vacation? How ever will you get through your summer reading list? AUDIOBOOKS!

Look, I’m a big fan of the CD Book. There’s nothing quite like nearly running off the road while desperately trying to pop in the next disk of your book because you “HAVE TO KNOW IF IT WAS THE HUSBAND ALL ALONG”. Thankfully here at OverDrive, we’re super into the convenience of eAudio. Here are some of our reasons you should be traveling with a library on your devices.

1. It’s creating safer road ways

Seriously though it’s a lot easier to plug your device into your car or use blue-tooth than to change a disk out every hour. Other drivers will thank you for not running into them.

2. Car rides/plane rides are BORING

I drive from Cleveland to Chicago a lot, and although I love the Midwest, it is not a grandiose landscape to stare at for 6 hours. There’s nothing like a great story to make time fly (or drive) by.

3. Kids (I don’t know what’s wrong with these kids today)

If you’re a librarian, you’ve most likely done some readers advisory for family friendly audio. There is a great reason for that: sanity. Do you want to listen to 100 rounds of 99 Bottles of Juice on the Wall? No you don’t because you don’t hate yourself. Audiobooks are a cure for childhood boredom and one in which the whole family can participate. Also, there are some really amazing juvenile and young adult titles out there that everyone will enjoy. Or get your kid’s summer required reading out of the way by listening to it together. You’ll know they completed the assignment, it kills two birds with one stone and you can discuss it with them so they have a better understanding.

4. No Communication

There’s only so much small talk a person can make. One of the beautiful things about audiobooks is that you aren’t allowed to talk through them or you’ll miss parts! So gently shush the person sitting next to you and tell them you really can’t wait to discuss this book with them later, but it’s quiet time right now. This is even better on an airplane because you can let the stranger next to you know that you need to concentrate on your book. Avoiding conversation is just the best!

So whether you are driving, flying, riding the rails or hoverboarding make sure you download some audiobooks for your travels. Oh and librarians, make sure you curate some stellar collections of audio for easy brows-ability.

Start browsing our audiobook collection.

written by Kristin Milks, Librarian and OverDrive Collection Develoment Analyst

Country Stars Caught READing

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 3:42pm

Wanna' read 'em? Start browsing.

Archie® Comics has something for all ages

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 2:26pm

It's true ... Archie Comics does have something for everyone ...  and hoopla has it all for you!
In celebration of Archie’s 75th Anniversary; he's coming of age with a total reboot to include a new Archie and Riverdale gang: Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Jughead, and Kevin Keller.
Archie, "America's favorite teenager," from the 1940's is finding new life once again in the 21st century!
On hoopla, you'll be able to enjoy both the classic and contemporary versions of Archie and the gang. You'll also see such well-known friends as: Josie and The Pussycats, and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.
But wait, that's still not all.

Archie Comics is more than "Archie;" it's Archie Action and Dark Circle, too.

Kids, teens and young adult patrons, alike, will be delighted to find you have these two Archie Action series comics, too: Sonic The Hedgehog and Mega Man. Both have trending TV, movie and gaming tie-ins, and both will more than satisfy what comics aficionados are seeking today.

And finally, there's Archie Action!, Archie Horror and Dark Circle. You won't want to miss out!

-Jon Goldwater, CEO, Archie Comics

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.

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