We all remember our high school literary staples. Who could forget reading The Great Gatsby or Scarlet Letter at a tiny desk in a 10th grade English class? These books are important and unforgettable; however, in their flurry to finish 50 pages of Animal Farm in one night, high school students tend to gloss over the modern pieces and even classics that do not often find a spot in their high school syllabi or the usually repetitive lists of “10 Books to Read Before College.” OverDrive is here to both remind you of and introduce you to these brilliant books that are not only integral to a high school student’s literary repertoire, but also, and perhaps more importantly, fun to read.
Sasha Zborovsky, OverDrive Marketing Intern
And even if, like me, college is an increasingly distant memory for you, or if college was never a stop on your particular path, a good book recommendation is always an exciting thing. I may even be more exciting now – let the high schoolers worry about expanding their ‘literary repertoire.’ We can read for fun!
Have you ever used the OverDrive app? You know, the one that gives you access to OMNI Libraries, Moline Library’s shared collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Maybe you use it all the time, or maybe you have never used it, or maybe you have used it a few times but always thought it was just a little too much to set up and remember to make you want to use it often.
Enter Libby. Whether you are a first time user or an old pro at checking out ebooks, it’s worth checking out this new app.
Libby is the new app patrons using Android, Apple and Windows devices can use to access OMNI Libraries instead of the old OverDrive app. You get the same eBooks from the same place but from an app with easier setup, fewer steps to check out and download your books and a much more adorable icon. Check out Libby today!
I knew that if I held out long enough they would finally be worth having.
Welcome to June – Audiobook Month!
Not sure if audiobooks are for you?
Do you need something to fill the long silence of a particularly boring drive? Something to make tasks like mowing the yard or washing the dishes more fun and twice as productive? Somethings to help you fall asleep? Something to help you stay awake? Are you tired of worrying about dropping your book in the water while you read in the tub? Is your eyesight just not what they used to be? Do you fear silence because that’s when the voices in your head come back… or, I mean, because it’s boring?…
If you answered “Yes” (or “No”) to any of the questions above then it might be time for you to check out audiobooks. And if you need help finding the right one for you the library can help. We’ve got thousands of audiobooks on CD and PlayAway. Or, if you are looking for something a bit more digital, you can check out our OverDrive, Axis 360 and Hoopla!; all have e-audiobooks to choose from, ready to check out and download directly to your computer or digital device.
And don’t forget, finishing an audiobook counts as finishing a book for our Summer Reading Program!
You’re not alone. There are plenty of our patrons that prefer to stick to good-old paper, and there is nothing wrong with that – we’re librarians, we understand the appeal of books – but, might there be room for both? Most of the numbers seem to indicate that the majority of ebook readers are also print book readers. So don’t feel guilty. You’re not abandoning print, you’re supplementing it.
Need more incentive? Here is a list of some of the titles available through OverDrive (one of are ematerial collections) that people enjoyed most in 2016. There’s some good stuff on there.
Interested but unsure of how to get started? You can find instructions here, or feel free to stop by the second floor reference desk at the library with your digital device of choice and we will get you started.
So… you know… read a book.
Preferably a book from the library – they’re free, you don’t have to find space for them in your house once you’re done with them, and if you are having trouble picking one out you can always ask the nearest friendly librarian what s/he would recommend. In fact, there is no need to limit yourself to just one. Check out as many books as you like.
And don’t get me started on ebooks. Did you know that the library has 3 different collections of e-materials? OverDrive/OMNI, Axis360 and Hoopla all provide library patrons with access to numerous ebooks (and more). All you need is your library card.