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Books for our favorite 5 fall days and moods

October 13, 2017 - 10:11am

By: Sydney Kalnay, Training Specialist.

It’s not a secret to anyone who knows me that fall is my favorite season. It’s ironic that I live where fall exists only in a finite, miniscule window between SPF 9,000 and shoveling for dear life so I have to pack as much leaf crunching, apple spicing, and light jacket-wearing as possible into about 3 weeks.

I think what I love best about fall is its wildly vacillating moods. Fall is, in almost every way, my twin-soul season — blue skies and grey, days sun-warmed and rain-chilled. I’m a pragmatist by nature but an optimist by policy, and no other season but fall can contain that juxtaposition with as much grace and adaptability.

Because my attitudes shift from moment to moment, I am always grateful to the books that accurately mirror my moods and that follow me up sun-dappled peaks and down into the shadow valleys.

Here are some of my favorite types of fall days, and the books I lovingly turn to throughout the months of October and November:

Rainy and gloomy

All summer long, I want the brightest stories – laugh-filled romps and romances whose plots tie up neatly with a shiny ribbon. But come fall, I look for every heart-wrenching, epic, excruciating adventure I can find. I want to spend my dark-at-5 o’clock evenings following characters into battle against demons, both real and metaphorical.

For this, I turn to Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone so I can squeeze my eyes shut and wish I, too, were Karou with her lapis lazuli hair, family of monsters, and otherworldly lover. While the rain batters the windows of my attic reading room, I dream of sketchbooks overflowing with fat, colorful portraits, having a string of cheap wishes around my neck, and inheriting a wishbone containing the mysteries of my past, present, and future.

(PS – I get the same supernatural adventure vibes from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys and the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. Oh, lovely ladies of adventure, how I adore thee!)

Crunchy and Fiery

The unicorn of falls days is the one that’s cool enough for tights and scarves but warm enough to frolic through pumpkin patches without hypothermia. On days like these, it’s easy to believe in true love so I like to revisit Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments where I can revel in one of the sweetest slow burn romances in fiction history while at the same time celebrating a lovely Bechdel-test-passing best friendship.

Bonus: Rowell’s clear preference for autumn is revealed in this fantastic passage:

“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”

(If I feel like a side of melancholy with my romance instead I will re-read The Time-Traveler’s Wife, warding off the inevitable ugly cry by jamming Milk Duds into my gaping maw.)

Spooky and creaky

Nothing remotely supernatural has happened to me in real life, but I love any kind of media that explores the dark underbelly of the known world. And because my own imagination produces goblins, ghosts, and ghouls more frightening than most of what I can see on TV, books are my preferred delivery method for thrills on the autumn days when I most need a scare.

I can certainly revisit books and feel some of the same joyful dread I felt during an initial read, but there’s nothing that replaces the first moment you sense something terrible and wonderful creep across the page and into your head.

Recently, I took into My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix on a trip and spent three evenings figuratively huddled under the blankets with a flashlight, cringing with horror-tinged glee as the story unfolded. The author nails the perfect sense of 1980s creepy nostalgia as accurately as the Duffer Brothers did with Stranger Things – the book even has bonus, interactive features to engage all your senses! If you like stories about big hair, best friends, AND demonic possession, this is for you.

(On that same trip, I tried to stave off my claustrophobia on the World’s Tiniest Jet ™ by devouring Anya’s Ghost, a gorgeous graphic novel about misfits and murder. Unfortunately for me, the titular ghost is discovered down a well so I was perfectly aware of my surroundings at all times.)

Sleepy and cozy

Mid-October, I turn hitting the snooze button (and the subsequent dash to ready myself for the workday) into an Olympic sport. If I leave my bedroom window open a crack, I can huddle under the blankets for hours upon hours, willing the coziness to dissipate just long enough to get warmer socks, more tea, and my fully charged iPad before clambering back under the covers again.

While this does nothing for my morning commute, it does everything for my autumnal state of mind. To bolster my thoughts of reading, snuggling, and general homebody-ness, I turn to books about a very fall subject: Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah), the Danish art of being cozy.

One of the best-received titles on the subject, Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg, welcomes you to discover a state of mind which is “like a compass, steering us towards small moments that money cannot buy you, finding magic in the ordinary.”

(If the thought of adding more blankets, cats, books, and tea to your home makes you break out in clutter-hives, however, I suggest an antidote: Make Space by Regina Wong, a lovely primer for getting rid of the excess in home and heart!)

Wintry and windy

Speaking of decluttering, my actual dream apartment is a treehouse, I kid you not. I crave open space like some folks crave pumpkin spice lattes. I spend many weekends delightedly dividing my surplus stuff into “giveaway” and “throwaway” piles. Once the leaves have fallen, though, I start to panic that maybe I have gotten rid of too much and I start to crave the kind of protection against the onslaught of winter that only a glorious, ambitious series can give me.

Years ago, I fell hard for one of the greatest book series of all time, His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. Now, twenty-plus years later, as the comfortable chill of October turns to the bitterness of November, I will be insulating myself with the next title in the series, The Book of Dust, set to release on October 19th and available for pre-order from OverDrive Marketplace.

I may not be ready for snow, but I am definitely ready for talking snow bears – and the brave, fierce, urchin girls who call them friends.

(Not to break tradition here but I have no other, better titles to recommend besides the original trilogy which, in my opinion, soars higher than the spires atop Hogwarts itself. – fight me, Potterians!)

Whatever fall days you love best, my crisp, spooky, gloomy, cozy, epic wish is for you to find titles that match your every mood and take you happily into the brisk days of winter. Happy reading!

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Dyslexia Awareness Marketing kit, now at the Resource Center

October 13, 2017 - 7:50am

By: Christina Samek, Marketing Specialist

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and OverDrive is proud to offer reading solutions for every kind of reader.

OverDrive is the only US eBook provider to offer the dyslexic font option as a reading setting. OverDrive users can select this option in OverDrive’s app, Libby, browser-based OverDrive Read, and at their OverDrive website to ensure reading comfort as they focus on finding and enjoying their next great read.

Standard typefaces are often difficult to read for people with dyslexia as the letters are hard to differentiate and words tend to jumble together. The dyslexic font, or dyslexie, is designed so that each letter is unique. Letters and words have extra distance between them to combat reversal and flipping of letters. Additionally, capital letters are bolder to help readers identify new sentences. The dyslexic font option in OverDrive joins a list of features geared toward reading inclusion or as we like to say: “reading happiness.”

Download and print OverDrive’s Dyslexia Awareness materials at the Resource Center to promote the ease of use that comes with OverDrive eBooks. While you are there, check out our Fall Marketing Kit as well! Show off your library’s goodness this October to encourage users to fall into their next read and fall in love with reading!

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Uncover The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett now that Big Library Read is live

October 12, 2017 - 12:57pm

By: Adam Sockel, Marketing Communications Specialist

Hawthorn was enjoying a standard, if mundane, teenage life when the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett turned her life upside down. At first, Hawthorn doesn’t get why everyone is so hung up on a former popular girl gone missing but as the story unfolds, she begins to intertwine her life with the one Lizzie once had. Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie’s disappearance. A theory way too absurd to take seriously…at first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life?

Thus the story of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti comes to life and thousands of readers around the world will discover the truth during the Big Library Read global digital book club starting today through October 26. For the next two weeks, readers from more than 21,000 participating libraries and schools around the world have instant access to the eBook and audiobook of Hundred Lies without any wait lists or holds. While enjoying this thrilling young adult title, participants can visit our Big Library Read website to share their thoughts with readers across the globe on our discussion board and even chat with the author herself! You’ll also find book recommendations for when you’re done with the book and an exclusive interview Chelsea did with us on the Professional Book Nerds podcast.

Head to your library or school’s OverDrive collection to borrow the book and join in on the world’s largest digital book club!

About Big Library Read

Big Library Read is an opportunity for those with a valid library card to read the same digital title at the same time without any wait lists or holds. Participating in this event allows your library to offer a new simultaneous use title for community-wide access from your library at no cost. It’s a worldwide digital version of a local book club, and an opportunity for your library to generate more interest in your digital collection beyond the bestsellers. Thousands of libraries have already enjoyed great success engaging thousands of new and current users with Big Library Read.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett was selected as the next Big Library Read title by a survey sent to OverDrive users. To sign up to receive informational emails and weekly book recommendations from OverDrive, visit our main website.

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Getting the most out of your OverDrive reading history

October 11, 2017 - 9:30am

By: Adam Sockel, Marketing Communications Specialist

Last week, we released an exciting update to our digital library websites that gives users access to their reading history. Often requested by libraries and patrons, the history allows users to track what they’ve read so they can make decisions about what to borrow next. For example, readers can see which parts of a series they’ve yet to read, or avoid reading the same title twice. The reading history also enables much more accurate and applicable reading recommendation options.


With your history, you can see which titles you’ve already read from a certain author or where you left off with a series.

How Your History Works

Titles are automatically added to your History page when you borrow them. Each title on your History page is marked with the date of the loan or the date you added it. If you borrow a title more than once, it will appear in your history multiple times.

Adding Titles Manually

To add a title, select the “more icon” from a collection or search results page, then Add to history. You can also add books to your history from Title Details pages.

Importing You Rated Titles

If you have any rated titles, you can add all of them to your history using the Add rated titles button. If a rated title is already on your history, it won’t be added again.

Tracking your Activity in Libby
When using our new app Libby, tapping the “shelf” button will show the titles currently borrowed as well as any holds, and you’ll also find two features that align perfectly with reading history. The first is “Tags” which help organize books previously read, books you want to read, and those you loved or hated. They’re for personal use (and not shared with the library or OverDrive). Readers can add as many tags to each title as they like.

Tap Tag on a title’s details page and select one from the list or create your own tags (including emoji tags) by tapping the plus sign.

The second great feature on the Libby Shelf is “Activity.” This shows a timeline of all titles borrowed, placed on hold, renewed and returned from all connected libraries. There’s also a “For your attention” section that lists expired loans, which can be dismissed. By tapping on the underlined words in the “Activity” section you can sort results to see all the books ever borrowed on Libby, those placed on hold and much more. These two tools combine to provide detailed feedback that users can access to track reading progress and help determine the next exciting book to borrow from the library.

Titles through Libby will show up in your reading history on the library’s OverDrive website “history” section and titles borrowed from the website will show up in your Libby activity, providing you a fully synced history of the books you’ve read using the library’s OverDrive services.

For more great tips for getting the most of our your digital reading experience visit https://help.libbyapp.com/

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Evolution of edtech

October 9, 2017 - 6:38am

By: Andrea Sieracki, Account Specialist.

With concerns about screen time and teen tech addiction, technology gets a bad rap, even in the classroom. Take the long view, however, and it’s clear that technology is nothing new in education. Teachers have used tools for instruction since early humans were painting on cave walls.

We’ve compiled am abbreviated timeline of edtech, many of which were feared or reviled early after introduction. Some of the tools we find ancient are quite modern (see: pencil).

 

Analog

 

Horn Book (1650) – Wooden paddles with printed lessons children would copy to help them learn how to write.

 

Chalkboard (1890) – A schoolroom staple, soon followed by the pencil in 1900.

 

Projector (1930) – Widely used by the military in WWII, the overhead projector eventually spread to schools where teachers viewed this as an improvement of the chalkboard.

 

Computers

Oregon Trail (1985) – The first educational game to be widely adopted by schools.

 

Internet (1994) – Despite only 3% of schools having internet access, President Clinton challenged the nation to connect every school to the web.

 

Interactive whiteboard (1999) – A touch-sensitive white screen, a projector, and a computer.

 

Personal Computers

Laptops (2004) – 54% of K-12 schools have laptops available to students.

 

iClicker (2005) – Allowed teachers to poll or quiz students and get results in real time.

 

iPads (2011) – As part of a pilot program, NYC public schools order over 2,000 iPads for teachers and students.

 

As of 2017, 63% of K-12 educators use edtech in their classrooms each day, up from 55% in 2016.

 

How many did you know? Looking for more of a challenge? Take this quiz, and find out which came first, eBooks or 3-D printing.

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Happy Fall, Y’all – October’s Live Library Webcasts

October 9, 2017 - 6:20am

By: Courtney Sveda, OverDrive Training Specialist

With the ushering in of autumn comes all our favorite fall activities- watching football, picking apples, and of course, cozying up with a blanket and a delightful book. Here at OverDrive, we want to make sure you and your digital library are prepared to help your patrons find the perfect eBook or audiobook to enjoy, which is why we’ll be hosting three live training webcasts this week!

Our first webcast, Shopping for Titles in Marketplace, will break down the shopping process step-by-step. We’ll cover searching for content, building shopping carts, and purchasing titles. Additionally, we’ll provide some insider tips like how to quickly fill gaps in your library’s collection as well as where to find recommended lists like “Hottest Books of October” or “Stranger Things Read-a-Likes.”

The second webcast in our series, The End User Experience, will prepare you to assist your patrons with all their digital reading needs. This scenario-based training session will help you feel comfortable answering questions about Libby, your digital library website, and the OverDrive app. Do you receive lots of questions about Kindle? We’ll cover that as well! 45 minutes is all it takes to become your library’s resident OverDrive expert.

We’ll wrap up our week of webcasts with Curating Collections in Marketplace. This session will nicely tie together the previous webcasts by demonstrating how to highlight specific titles in your collection. Learn how to create attention-grabbing collections that draw patrons in (perhaps something with a fall motif? Wink wink). We’ll even share some curating methods that can help save you valuable time.

The webcast series will occur October 10-12th and all sessions will begin at 11:00 AM ET. For free registration, visit our Resource Center and select Staff Training > Live Webcasts.

We hope that you will join us!

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More access and equity with a Shared eBook collection

October 5, 2017 - 9:52pm

Equity of access is always a top concern for districts and schools across the country, and particularly for the Connect Information Technology Center. Connect provides resources to more than 90 districts and schools across Northeast Ohio. This runs the gamut from well-funded privates to large and small publics and parochials.

“They’re so diverse, and their needs are so different,” Library Support Specialist Lori Slingerland said of the wide-ranging financial situations of the districts and schools Connect serves.

While Connect offers support for nearly every aspect of its schools’ libraries – including automation software, textbook management, and professional development – it hadn’t yet incorporated a recreational reading complement to the electronic databases supplied through the state’s INFOhio network.

With equity of access a leading factor, Connect launched a Shared eBook and audiobook Collection from OverDrive in January 2017.

“OverDrive allows us to think outside the box, and that’s what we have to do a lot of times with our user group,” Slingerland said.

“It provides a service that they couldn’t afford on their own”

Through the Shared Collection, students and educators access eBooks and audiobooks from a single, easy-to-use website. Because all purchased titles are available to all participating schools’ users, members have access to an expansive selection of digital reading and learning resources much larger than most could build alone.

“It provides a service that they couldn’t afford on their own,” Slingerland said of her schools with more limited financial capabilities. “And, as more schools join, the collection grows and they all benefit.”

Additional Shared Collection benefits noted by Slingerland and fellow Connect Library Support Specialist Joshua Pease include:

A seamless implementation of the OverDrive digital reading platform: “OverDrive made it amazingly easy,” Slingerland said.

OverDrive staff librarians manage collection development based on member librarian input, with a focus on popular juvenile and young adult fiction from the industry’s largest catalog: “We have full confidence that the OverDrive librarians will take care of that,” Pease said

The OverDrive support team handles members’ day-to-day questions: “It’s really a very wonderful, happy situation for us,” Slingerland said.

Promotion of digital literacy: “I think the biggest reason I was such a supporter of the Shared Collection is that digital literacy is so important for students nowadays; it’s a skill set that’s required for future success,” Pease said. “Having access to eBooks will not only help them, but they’re going to have fun in the process.”

“…it’s exceeded all expectations”

Pease and Slingerland agree that the Shared Collection has more than met Connect’s – and its districts’ and schools’ – goals.


“I’d say it’s exceeding all expectations,” he said.

After only a few short months, member schools were already posting impressive circulation numbers. And the feedback from students and member librarians has been excellent.

“The students are excited,” Pease said. “All the librarians have no complaints; they’re super happy with the service. They think that everyone at OverDrive is working hard for them and are very accessible.”

Going forward, Connect has already begun actively recruiting new schools to join the Shared Collection. More members mean more titles, which means more reading and learning opportunities for students.

“We want to grow this library, we’re very proud of it,” Slingerland said.

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8 more of our favorite young adult book quotes for Teen Read Week

October 5, 2017 - 7:02am

By: Adam Sockel, who read YA as a teen and continues to do so to this day.

Earlier this week, we shared a list of ten of our favorite quotes from young adult books in preparation for Teen Read Week and why they mean so much to us. However, there are so many wonderful YA books out there that we couldn’t stop at that nice round number. So here are eight more quotes to inspire you to read and share these impactful young adult books not just during next week’s Teen Read Week celebrations, but all year long.

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

One of the most important things that YA books do is explore the numerous feelings and emotions that teenagers experience for the first time of their lives. This includes the complex idea that we can be both filled with joy and sorrow at the same time every now and then.

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

It’s also an important to learn that not only can we experience opposing emotions at the same time but that there are elements of our world that are always going to be shades of grey. Things can be difficult to understand while also providing a sense of wonder. They can be tragic yet beautiful, elegant but abrasive, damning and brilliant.

 

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

As mentioned in our previous collection of quotes, the fact that YA books so frequently promote strong female leads who deal with emotions both real and sometimes magical will forever be one of the main reasons we come back to these books as often as we do.

 

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

It’s important to have a plan of action but we must always remember that just because life doesn’t follow that exact path, it doesn’t mean you won’t end up in the right place at the end. To borrow a turn of phrase from Robert Burns, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Even if plans don’t necessarily turn out as you had intended, it still is good to have goals in mind. It can be difficult to stay motivated if you’re not quite sure why you’re doing something in the first place. Set long term goals for yourself and then smaller milestones along the way to keep your focus. And if you aren’t sure of that endgame? Pretending you have one can be better motivation than wandering aimlessly.

 

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

This quote hits on something I constantly think about when reading a book. Readers meet ancillary characters along our literary journey and then they disappear from the main arc of the story but I’m always wondering what they’re doing. This is something that’s important to learn about your own life as well. You’ll meet people along the way who may have a small or large impact on your life but regardless, they’re living through their own story as you’re doing the same. This quote reminds me to reach to those people and keep in touch. They’re experiencing the great journey of life just as I am. Their not frozen moments in time, only coming to life when our paths intersect.

 

Dust by Hugh Howey

Our teenage years are also the first time that we come across people who may actively try to deceive us in one way or another with the stakes being something higher than who won the game of 4-Square (man, I miss playing 4-Square). We begin to learn that the truth isn’t always as simple as right and wrong and we also start to discover that people on both side of an argument will claim to have said truth.

 

The Giver by Lois Lowry

We leave you with a quote from one of the truly classic young adult books that students have been reading for years. To me, The Giver can mirror our teenage years. It shows us that our potentially idyllic youthful years may have been wonderful and filled with bliss but there is so much of the world we’re yet to uncover. The Giver shows, albeit in an extreme way, the fact that their is knowledge out there to uncover. There is music to be heard, colors to see for the first time. It’s a big world and all of it’s knowledge is just waiting for us to find it.

 

What books will you be reading for Teen Read Week? Let us know and be sure to spread the word about these important and powerful stories.

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103 books to encourage self-care and resilience in kids and teens

October 4, 2017 - 9:03am

It’s been a rough week. Maybe you’re craving a blanket fort and a milkshake, or some kind of Potter-esque spell to make the world more right than it is. Barring that improbability, maybe you check out, which will work for a while. Fortunately, we have plenty of titles for escaping.

Perhaps a healthier and more useful approach is to feel the feels, reflect on what resources we need to manage them, and seek those out. That might take the form of talking with a friend. Or a therapist. Or your cat. Sometimes we need running or napping or crying. There are many ways to build resilience in kids and teens, too, but first they need language for what they are feeling. Then they need to know they are not alone.

Here are 103 books to for emotions and self-care, including some of our favorites:

What is Respect? 

Etan Boritzer’s 14th title in the bestselling ‘What is?’ series on life concepts and difficult topics that help our children develop critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence.

This book helps our children to understand their own self-respect as well as respect for friends, schoolmates and family, respect for religious and cultural diversity and even respect for planet earth. The fun text is filled with questions that stimulate interactive discussion and real insights.

The fun text is filled with questions that stimulate interactive discussion and real insights.

Stuff that Sucks: a Teen’s Guide to Accepting What you can’t change and committing what you can

Sometimes everything sucks. For teens that struggle with negative thoughts and emotions, Stuff That Sucks offers a compassionate and validating guide to accepting emotions, rather than struggling against them.

By helping teens identify their personal values and what really matters to them, this book will help them take steps towards living a more meaningful life.

Rage: True Stories about Teens and Anger

Real Teen Voices Series: writers talk honestly about anger managing as they struggle to gain control of their emotions and stop hurting others and themselves.

Teens open up to tell personal stories that tackle difficult, real-life issues. Direct, revealing, and often raw, these voices will ring true for any teen reader who has faced bullying, anger, or stress. Each piece has been selected and edited to appeal to reluctant and emerging readers as young as seventh grade. Readers will be inspired by the writers’ courage and strength in working hard to overcome problems both large and small.

 

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids

Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation when she published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. With her inspiring book, she permanently changed the way we see introverts and the way introverts see themselves.

The original book focused on the workplace, and Susan realized that a version for and about kids was also badly needed. This book is all about kids’ world—school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. You’ll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their own quiet way. You’ll hear Susan Cain’s own story, and you’ll be able to make use of the tips at the end of each chapter. There’s even a guide at the end of the book for parents and teachers. This insightful, accessible, and empowering book, illustrated with amusing comic-style art, will be eye-opening to extroverts and introverts alike.

Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety

It’s hard enough being a teen without having to worry about panic attacks, chronic worry, and feelings of isolation. In Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, a psychologist offers teen readers proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices to help them cope with their anxiety, identify common triggers (such as dating or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel calm at home, at school, and with friends.

In Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, a psychologist offers teen readers proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices to help them cope with their anxiety, identify common triggers (such as dating or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel calm at home, at school, and with friends.

Cranky & Blue

Everyone feels “down” sometimes. Who wouldn’t feel blue if their best friend moved away or if they were being teased or bullied in school? Counselor and clinical psychologist James J. Crist has written a book that kids can turn to for support, encouragement, and ideas for coping when they feel bad, sad, grumpy, or lonely. Kids learn 10 “Blues Busters” to help shake those unhappy feelings. They also discover lots of ideas they can use to talk about feelings, take care of themselves, boost their self-esteem, make and keep friends, and enjoy their alone time. A special section addresses hard-to-handle problems like grief, roller-coaster feelings, and depression. Includes resources and a Note to Grown-Ups.

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10 YA book quotes to prepare for Teen Read Week

October 2, 2017 - 2:08pm

By: Adam Sockel, Marketing Communications Specialist

This year, the literary world will be celebrating Teen Read Week from October 8-14 and in preparation we’re sharing some of our favorite young adult book quotes. Throughout the school year, students will receive required reading assignments designed to engage them with literature both classic and modern. The books they read for class help foster their interest in reading, but if those particular books don’t strike a chord with students, they may turn away from books entirely. This is why it’s so essential for both public and school libraries to provide access to leisure reading options that will set students on the path to being a lifelong lover of books.

Young adult books offer important life lessons in their pages and they also help teenagers to cope with feelings they’re likely experiencing for the first time. YA books can help young readers find their voice, see life through the eyes of people who look and sound like them or, even better, people who look and sound differently than they do. The ideals and moments that can be experienced through young adult books can help shape how we view the world and better understand our place in it. These books can give us confidence to be ourselves and an understanding of what can be achieved if you’re willing to work for it.

Below you’ll find quotes from some of our favorite young adult books. These are the stories, both old and new, that kept us coming back to YA books, regardless of our age, and the lessons they helped teach us. These books are great choices for a curated collection on your digital library not just during Teen Read Week, but all month long.

 

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Teenagers, and readers of all ages, can sometimes feel overwhelmed and weighed down by the mistakes they’ve made or the expectations that others set upon them. It’s important to remember that these alone do not define what we can achieve and who we can become.

 

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

Along those same lines in dealing with expectations, it’s important to remember that you can be great at something but not enjoy it. Our teen years should be about discovering our passions. Sometimes, our passion and our talent align but if you find you have talent in a certain area, that doesn’t mean you have to follow that path.

 

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

During our teen years, we experience several changes from a physiological, emotions and mental aspect. Teens will discover countless emotions and feelings for the first time and it’s important that they know not to bottle these things up inside. Learning ways to let out these feelings aids in creating a healthy emotional life.

Note: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett was chosen by our readers as the next Big Library Read, our global digital book club which kicks off October 12. Learn more about this book and the Big Library Read program at http://biglibraryread.com/.

 

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

Having lofty goals is a wonderful idea and helps to keep you motivated, but it’s also a good idea to be realistic now and then with what you can expect the results to be.

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Following your heart a perfectly acceptable way to discover what you’re passionate about. Just make sure that you keep your focus when you discover that passion.

 

In Lucia’s Eyes by Arthur Japin

Now and then, if you get a gut feeling, go with it.

 

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Thinking back to my time as a teenage reader, I struggled to remember any books that addressed war in a realistic manner in regards to what it does to those involved. The Red Rising series by Pierce Brown may be set in the distant future, but it does a wonderful job of conveying the internal emotional struggle that war creates.

Note: These books are more mature than standard YA books and should be read by older teenagers due to some violence, language and adult situations.

 

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

One of the best aspects of young adult literature in the past several years has been the wonderful rise in strong female characters. These stories show young women that they can achieve anything and are capable of being the hero in their own story. Teen Read Week is a perfect time to highlight these women by curating a collection of female-driven YA books.

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

They say a journey of a 1,000 miles starts with the first step and we agree. You’ll never accomplish anything if you don’t take a chance and take that first step.

 

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

YA books teach us how to handle our emotions and one of those is soul crushing sadness. This quotes gets us right in the feels every time.

 

Check back later this week as we’ll be sharing more of our favorite young adult book quotes in preparation for the celebration of Teen Read Week.

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OverDrive lifehacks to personalize digital reading

September 28, 2017 - 3:55pm

By: Bailey Hotujac, School Launch Specialist.

Tips and tricks to make your life easier in a classroom or media center full of students with different needs, interests and reading levels.

Curating from Recommended Lists

So, you want curate a list, but finding all those titles is just too time-consuming?  You can use our Recommended Lists to save you the time of searching.

  1. Go to the Recommended Lists and find your favorite list – I’m choosing the Newbery Award Medal and Honor Books (All Years)
  2. Open the list in Marketplace and make sure you have purchased any titles you want to curate.
  3. Once you own anything you want from the list (you might need to wait a couple hours if you just purchased the titles), go into the Marketplace List URL and replace the “OneCopyOneUserAndMeteredAccess” part of the URL with “curate.”
  4. You will now be in the curate section of Marketplace and any titles from the suggested list that you own will populate to be easily added to your new curated list!
Using Title Assignment Tool to Override Content Access Levels

Have a middle school student who you think can handle one of your high school titles, but you don’t want to change the access level for everyone? You can assign* the title to that student and override the access levels!

*Note – Privacy restrictions for some authentication methods do not support this functionality. Talk to your Account Specialist if you have questions about this feature.

Setting reports to run from “inception”

Want to run a report from the beginning of your OverDrive service, but you don’t remember the exact date? Have no fear! Just click on the “run new report” option and select “specific” for the period type. If you leave “start date” and “end date” blank… your report will pull data for all time!

Search by BISAC Codes

As you’re shopping in Marketplace, you may see BISAC codes included with the regular subjects next to a title. You can copy & paste those BISAC codes into the quick search bar (top) in Marketplace to look for similar titles.

 

 

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The Groundbreaking latest Frank Miller Batman story is now available on OverDrive

September 27, 2017 - 1:14pm

By: Adam Sockel, Marketing Communications Specialist 

 

Few people have done more for the world of comics and graphic novels than Frank Miller. Frank has created such works as Sin City and 300 as well as massively popular characters like Elektra in the Daredevil series. Frank is best known, however, for his groundbreaking runs of Batman including The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again and the massively popular Year One. Miller’s stern, noirish reimagining cemented Wayne, Batman, Gotham and the Joker into the bedrock of comic book greatness and the forefront of popular culture, setting the stage for the character’s cinematic legacy. Every artist who has followed in his footsteps still operates on the template he created, and the Batman he envisioned still casts his shadow over all who spend time in Gotham today.

It’s for these reasons and many more that we’re excited to announce that his latest Batman story, Batman:The Dark Knight: The Master Race is now available in OverDrive Marketplace. It’s been three years since the Batman defeated Lex Luthor and saved the world from tyranny. Three years since anyone has seen Gotham City’s guardian alive. Wonder Woman, Queen of the Amazons…Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern…Superman, the Man of Steel…all of the Dark Knight’s allies have retreated from the front lines of the war against injustice. But now a new war is beginning. An army of unimaginable power led by Superman’s own daughter is preparing to claim Earth as their new world.

This story and many more from DC Comics and Trajectory are available to add to your collection and provide an opportunity to curate a unique set of comics sure to be wildly popular with your readers of all ages.

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Fall into these Autumnal curated collection ideas

September 25, 2017 - 1:47pm

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By: Adam Sockel, OverDrive Marketing Communications Specialist and resident Mr. Autumn Man.

Last week, the Autumnal Equinox arrived bringing with it thoughts of reading an eBook by the fireplace as leaves blow about outside. Kitchens will be filled with the smells of spiced breads and pumpkin flavored coffee while crockpots slow cook a hearty meal of vegetable stew. Or perhaps I’m just projecting my outlook for the next few months. Apologies everyone. Fall is kinda my thing…

While not everyone may share my overwhelming joy for gourds, crisp autumn weather and using the word “harvest” too much, what I know for certain is that fall brings a great opportunity to build out new curated collections in your digital library. Our Collection Development Librarians have several wonderful options for you.

Halloween Party
A staple of fall is the Halloween party. Whether you’re looking to throw a Monster Mash level get together or your prefer a quiet evening full of scary movies and relaxation, this list has cookbooks and crafting guides to help you throw a memorable evening. You’ll find books with design ideas for your home, how-to guides for costume make up, Halloween-themed dessert and meal preps and even a book of Pugs in Costumes because why not?

Cozy Mysteries for your autumn loving readers
Cozy mysteries are popular with readers all year round but as the weather starts to turn cooler, we tend to see an uptick in their circulation. This makes now a great time to curate a list of our Pumpkin Spiced Latte Cozy Mysteries.

New Fall Romance
Fall is also a big time for new romance titles and we have a great list nearly 100 new release romance titles for you to add to your collection.

Stephen King Read-Alikes
It may seem strange to say that the “King” of the adult horror genre is having a moment. With the massive popularity of the movie IT and several other of his books coming to the big screen, buzz has rarely been higher for all things Stephen King. In this list you’ll find all of his classic books but you’re readers will also discover dozens of similar themed titles by authors they might not be as familiar with.

Stranger Things Read Alikes
Speaking of having a moment, Stranger Things, or as I like to call it, “The greatest thing to happen to television in a decade” returns at the end of October. Millions of people will be watching which makes this list the perfect way to capitalize on it’s popularity with your readers.

Spooky Picks by the OverDrive Staff
Honestly, there are SO MANY spooktacular (not sorry) books available in OverDrive Marketplace so we took polled our OverDrive Librarians and made a list of our favorites.

Lists for your young readers
In Marketplace, you’ll find appropriate autumnal content for readers of all ages. These include collections loaded with Zombies and Paranormal spooks for your juvenile and young adult readers. Here’s a list of lighthearted fun scares perfect for the youngest of your library card holders. Also, as a baby of the 90s, I would recommend you add all of the Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine, of which we have many. They gave me constant nightmares as a child so it’s only right that we keep that tradition up!

Lastly, We have a broader Halloween Reads list for all your readers as well as well featuring 300 fantastic books.

Once you’ve created your autumnal curated collections be sure to visit our Resource Center where we have a number of marketing materials ready for you to print out and/or share on social media to promote these books.

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The importance of reading banned books

September 20, 2017 - 1:34pm

By: Adam Sockel, Marketing Communications Specialist

Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held the week of September 24th in 2017. This year, Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read. Last year saw a 17% increase in the amount of censorship complaints from the previous year, which has also lead to an uptick in the amount of books that have been banned. Reading books that are “controversial” offers a unique opportunity to see the world through a viewpoint other than your own. It provides the chance to better understand differing thought processes, even if you don’t agree with them. Banned and challenged books may include uncomfortable or foreign experiences than what you’re used to but it allows you to learn about those situations through the words of authors who may not look or think exactly like you.

The list of the most frequently challenged books each year tends to include young adult titles that feature sexual situations, violence or “adult themes”. These books help young readers learn about issues they may face or help them cope with emotions they’re having for the first time. At OverDrive, we’re proud to read and support banned and challenged books. Additionally, we firmly believe in the importance of libraries as a pillar of the community that supports the inherent right to read these books by keeping them on their shelves, both physical and digital.

We’ve created an extensive collection in Marketplace highlighting banned and challenged books from not just this year, but the frequently challenged books of our past as well. Now is the perfect time to curate a collection of banned and challenged books for your readers of all ages. These books are essential to promote not just during Banned Books Week, but all year long.

 

The Professional Book Nerds discuss Banned Books Week

Our Professional Book Nerds podcast’s most recent episode goes through this year’s most challenged books while providing some additional reading suggestions perfect for Banned Books Week. They also discuss last week’s announcements of the National Book Award long list. You can listen to the full episode below or by subscribing in iTunes.

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12 tips for getting the most out of Libby

September 19, 2017 - 12:55pm

By: Adam Sockel, Marketing Communications Specialist

Readers around the world have fallen in love with our new app Libby. The new interface, simple one-tap experience and all-in-one shelf have made finding your next great read easier and faster than ever. Libby is designed to enable our developers to continuously improve existing features and add new ones, which means there is always something new to discover in the app. Here are our favorite things you can do in Libby that you might not have known about:

 

Adjust the playback speed 

Switching between common playback speeds is as easy as tapping small clock icon at the top of the screen when you’re listening to an audiobook. These include standard breakdowns between 1-2 times normal playback speed. You can also adjust the playback speed by tapping and holding the clock icon and then dragging it down the screen with your finger until you find your preferred speed. Speed listeners will be excited to know that you can go all the way to 3 times normal listening speed.

 

Displaying book progress

Did you know you can see exactly how long you have left in the chapter you’re reading, how many pages you have left in the book and even what percentage complete with the book you’re currently at? In the reader, you’ll see your total book progress by default. Tap the page number label (above the timeline) once to show the pages left in the current chapter. Tap the label again to show your total book progress as a percentage. The same can be done with audiobooks. Tap the [Time] Left label (above the timeline) cycle through different time displays: total time elapsed in the audiobook, time left in current chapter, and total progress as a percentage.

 

Peek at the Page Count

You can also quickly see what page your on (and out of how many total) by swiping up and holding the screen while in reading mode. The chapter you’re on and page counts will appear. Simply remove your finger from the screen to have it disappear.

 

Tapping underlined texts

There are lots of great options available in Libby that you can find by tapping any text underlined with dots in the app. For example, tapping the underlined links on your Loans page will let you filter your loans (to books, audiobooks, or all loans) and sort the page (by due date, date added, or alphabetically by title or author).

 

Tagging titles

Tags help you organize titles you’ve read, want to read, loved, or hated. They’re for your personal use (and not shared with your library or OverDrive). You can add as many tags to each title as you like.

Tap Tag on a title’s details page and select one from the list. Create your own tags (including emoji tags) by tapping .

Find all your tags on the Tags screen of your Shelf. From there, you can tap a tag to view it, rename it, delete it, or untag titles.

 

Reversible Jackets

Once you borrow or place a hold on a title, it’ll be easy to spot in search results. The cover image will flip to the right side.

 

Also Available As

If your library has a title as both a book and an audiobook, you’ll find a handy link on its details page that will take you to the other format. This is a great tool for readers who enjoy both eBooks and audiobooks or those who don’t mind which format they use and just want the first available.

 

Sample any book in the collection in one tap

Perhaps my favorite thing in Libby is the ability to sample any title with just one tap. Simply tap the jacket cover of a book you’re curious about and hit “Read Sample”. This will allow you to read up to 10% of any book in the library collection whether there are available copies or not. This provides a similar experience to browsing the physical library and reading a few pages before deciding to borrow a book or not. You can sample titles even if you don’t have a library card which makes this a perfect marketing tool to show potential new users about your digital library.

 

Wait List information

Readers can get a full understanding of how long the wait may be for a certain title before and after they place a hold on an unavailable title. By clicking on the small dots on the hold, you can view the approximate wait time, your place in line, how many copies are being used, if any copies have been added and how many people are waiting per copy of the title. This helps you determine whether or not to place something else on hold, or to borrow another title while you wait.

 

Changing your reading settings

Want to change the size or style of your phone? Prefer reading in night mode or sepia tone? Want to enlarge your font or use our OpenDyslexic font? In the reader, go to  > Reading Settings and you’ll be able to adjust any and all text options you like.

 

Sorting and filtering your searches

To set sort and filter preferences for all searches and title lists:

  • Tap the plus sign to update preferences like availability, language, and audience. Then, tap Apply Preferences.

To sort and filter a specific search or title list, you can:

  • Tap the format and genre links above your results.
  • Tap Refine above the first result, then choose Sort by or any of the other refinements.
  • Tap the plus sign to search within results.

You can also do an advanced search by tapping the more button at the top of your library page. This will provide search options including series, pre-release titles, date added and even Read-alongs.

 

Change Libby’s Appearance 

You can change Libby’s appearance simply by tapping anywhere her icon shows up. Simply tap and select your preferred appearance!

 

Interested in learning more tips about Libby? Be to check the Tips & Secrets button in the right navigation menu frequently to see what’s new with Libby.

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Why OverDrive? Why now?

September 19, 2017 - 9:07am

By: Christina Samek, Marketing Specialist.

Well, the kids are back! It’s September again and the back-to-school season is in full swing. I am sure I don’t need to tell you that. You are probably attempting to familiarize yourself with new supplies, new initiatives, and eager new faces. With so much newness, you might be wondering if now is the time to launch an OverDrive platform at your school or district. Or perhaps, you are entertaining the idea of expanding your existing service to more schools and wondering if now is the right time. So, why OverDrive? Why now?

Affordable Content Solutions

OverDrive also a great content selection for any budget and kind of school. OverDrive Marketplace hosts millions of titles from major publishers to support sustained silent reading initiatives and your curriculum. To keep your costs low, OverDrive offers different content solutions so you can evaluate what works best for your budget. You might be interested in our Shared Collection option, which enables two or more schools or districts to access digital content via a joint OverDrive platform. All purchased titles are available to all participating schools or districts through this central access point. It gives you an opportunity to ensure your students are seeing new content year after year, as more schools and districts add to the collection.

Another option is our Class Set model which allows your whole class to read the same digital title at the same time, with one dedicated copy available for each user during a lending period that you specify. This per-user lending model is offered by select publishers and is less expensive than its traditional lending model counterpart. When you purchase a class set, you purchase the title for a set of specific users for a predetermined length of time. The title will be automatically checked out to each user on the start date that you choose. To purchase a class set, you’ll need to know your desired start date, lending period, and the user IDs of users who should receive the title.

You could also explore the Simultaneous Use model. It allows you to circulate your choice of titles from select publishers to an unlimited number of simultaneous users for a set period of time. OverDrive has options for every age level, with plans from Encyclopedia Britannica, Sleeping Bear Press, Dawn Publications to name a few.

Student Driven Innovation

OverDrive Education is constantly looking for ways to make the platform better than ever. We know the secret to success is in how the students adapt and respond to new technology. We introduced Sora, the new school app, at this year’s Digipalooza (OverDrive’s bi-annual user group conference). Participants (and team OverDrive) were very excited to get a sneak peek of all Sora has to offer. Some highlights: Sora includes tips and secrets for the best and most efficient user reading experience, looks the same across all devices, allows for students to search for their school by map or text code, AND students can access their public library right from the app. It’s awesome! Sora is currently in the development stage with a pilot period planned. A wider release is planned for 2018.

Start with Reading

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. Start with eBooks. Start with reading. Start now. OverDrive eBooks are an excellent, approachable gateway into a lifelong relationship with technology. The digital world is now the world we live in. OverDrive allows you to meet kids in their space with a low tech solution that won’t overwhelm your faculty. OverDrive eBooks come equipped with key features such as an exportable note-taking and highlighting tool, a built-in dictionary, and a dyslexic font (we are the only eBook solution that offers this ground-breaking feature in the US!). With the OverDrive platform, you can serve your high achievers and your struggling readers on the same, easy-to-use interface. OverDrive connects to your existing systems to ensure your students access the eBooks using the same credentials they use every day.

It’s affordable, innovative and easy-to-use. Why now? Why not. Ask us how you can get started today!

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Monthly K-12 Webcasts – Free, Fast, Focused

September 13, 2017 - 2:07pm

By: Sydney Kalnay, Training Specialist.
Welcome to the new school year, educator friends! Whether you’ve just started back or are feeling like you’ve been in the building forever and a day, we know the fall can be fraught with excitement, delight, and, occasionally, abject terror.

If technology is at the center of your schoolroom dread, we want to support you and reassure you that, while we can’t necessarily solve every issue you may run into, (are the lunch ladies still serving pizza that tastes like cardboard and sadness?), when it comes to e-content and serving your digital natives, we’ve got you covered.

Shopping for Titles in Marketplace

Schools librarians, media specialists, and admins: are you in charge of making sure your OverDrive collection is stocked with compelling, educational, and diverse reads? Join us to learn more about making the most of OverDrive’s recommended lists, must-haves, search filters, and smart shopping carts with our half-hour live webcast, Shopping for Titles in Marketplace, on Monday, September 18th at 3:30 PM (ET).

The Student User Experience

Educators: would you like some suggestions for how to best serve your student population in and out of the classroom? We’re hosting a webcast on The Student User Experience Monday, October 16th at 3:30 PM (ET). This 30 minute session will get you prepped to show your students how to log in, browse, and borrow a title quickly and easily. From there, we will cover some of the more advanced features of our browser-based formats, OverDrive Read and Listen, including instant vocabulary building, exportable notes and highlights, and accessibility aids.

How to Talk to you Community About OverDrive

Faculty or staff in charge of championing digital content to your school community: do you feel challenged by talking about OverDrive with your audience? We have a webcast for you, too. On Monday, November 13th at 3:30 PM (ET), our School Marketing and Training teams will pair up to talk about practical methods for promoting and discussing your OverDrive service to every member of your school community, from admins to educators, students to parents. How to Talk to Your School Community About OverDrive is a 30 minute demonstration of our customizable PowerPoint presentation and how you can use it to incorporate OverDrive into your budget requests, lesson plans, parent conference talking points, activity fair setups, and more.

Join us live or later

We hope you will join us live for one or all of these webcasts but if you can’t make the dates and times, you’ll still have access to the material. Simply register for the sessions you’re interested in and we will automatically send you a link to the recording, a PDF packet of the slides, and – in the case of the How to Talk to Your School Community About OverDrive session – the customizable PowerPoint template.

You can sign up for our webcasts by following the links above or by going to the OverDrive Resource Center, clicking the K-12 Schools tab at the top of the screen, and looking for the Live Webcasts tab. Each webcast is free, fast, and focused for you, our tireless educational leaders.

Plan ahead or catch something you missed

PS, if this time of year is simply too busy, never fear – we hold these sessions quarterly. Just download our 2017-2018 School Webcast Planner today and schedule ahead for next term. Did someone say easy planning for your staff or PD day?

We are excited to work with you and are looking forward to helping you serve your students, colleagues, and school community partners. Happy back to school, everyone!

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The Hogwarts Library Collection is the perfect way to celebrate 19 years later

September 12, 2017 - 8:28am

By: Adam Sockel, Marketing and Communications Specialist and proud Gryffindor

The first of September has long been considered a holiday in my life. I grew up in a house surrounded by books and none meant more to me than the Harry Potter series. This year is officially #19YearsLater which means that most my life has been intertwined with the adventures of The Boy Who Lived. It’s no secret that Harry, Ron, Hermione and everyone else in the wizarding world has touched the lives of millions and I feel honored to count myself among the first generation of readers who dreamed about the day an owl would deliver their admission letter.

Throughout the years, there have been more days that stood out as lasting memories to me because of their connection to Harry Potter than just about any other aspect of my life. I can remember fondly waiting until midnight for each book release and I’ll never forget my first walk down Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Speaking of admission letters, a co-worker created one of those for me as well. My home is covered with wands, wall art, Marauder’s Maps and house scarves that show my wife’s and my obsession with the Wizarding World. Recently I even got something a bit more permanent on my arm to reflect what these books have meant to me…

It’s for these reasons and so many more that I’m excited about the new Hogwarts Library Collection available in OverDrive Marketplace. These titles from the Hogwarts library will help your readers uncover new knowledge of the wizarding world: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander’s masterful work on magical creatures; Quidditch Through the Ages, a comprehensive history of the game and its rules; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, with an introduction and illustrations by J.K. Rowling and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. A treasure trove of magical facts and fairy tales, The Hogwarts Library Collection is an essential companion to the Harry Potter series.

This collection includes the updated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander) and six new beasts. When you add The Hogwarts Library Collection, be sure to download our complimentary marketing kit including social tiles, banners and posters. It’s a great way to get the word out to your users.

The Hogwarts Express may have left the station but it’s not too late to add these new books to the Wizarding World collection in your digital library.

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Vapid or valuable: social media in the classroom

September 7, 2017 - 2:52pm

By: Tiffany Wincek, Account Specialist.

It’s the beginning of another school year, which means it’s time to focus again on the best ways to connect with students. What do you do when students can’t seem to pry their eyes away from their social media accounts? Meet them at their level, of course. Here are a few suggestions for ways to use social media to engage your students in reading.

Twitter

Get creative and make your own school- or district-wide reading hashtag. This is a great way to connect with anyone in your school community (administrators, staff members, parents, oh my!) who use Twitter. Using your school’s Twitter account and your custom hashtag, follow and retweet authors and publishers, post funny reading memes or gifs, and highlight titles that are new to your collection.

Instagram

Instagram is quickly becoming the newest way to connect with students on social media. Create a public account so that you can share your handle with students. One clever way to use Insta is for literary scavenger hunts. If students are reading the same text, have them take pictures of places that remind them of the setting of the story. Math teachers can encourage students to take snapshots of the math they observe every day. Have students tag you!

  • Pro Tip: Use the same custom hashtag across all your school’s social media channels for continuity and maximum reach.
Facebook

Did your school have summer reading assignments or participate in OverDrive’s Summer Read program? Whether your students were reading digital or print titles, use your school’s Facebook page to start a discussion about summer reading. Some schools hold a book discussion every week and students are expected to participate as part of their classwork. Encourage your teachers to model good participation habits, too!

  • Pro Tip: Use Facebook’s reactions to gauge how your readers felt about a certain title.
Pinterest

Did you know that you can create a group board on Pinterest? This is an excellent way for teachers and librarians in your school to collaborate by sharing their top picks and linking directly to titles in your digital collection. Students can follow your board with their own Pinterest accounts. Think of this as the digital version of the Staff Picks section in your physical library.

  • Pro Tip: You can make a board for student or community recommendations, too.

 

How are you planning to get creative with social media this school year? We’d love to hear your ideas! Let us know on our social channels and we’ll spread the word.

Not yet following OverDrive Education on social media? Two clicks, then tag us in your posts using any of the above ideas with #elearnsomething and we’ll share it!

Facebook: /OverDriveEducation

Twitter: @OverDriveEd

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Share your #eBookLove for Read an eBook Day and win content credit

September 7, 2017 - 7:13am

On Monday, September 18, OverDrive will be celebrating the 5th annual Read an eBook Day and we want our library and school partners to join in the fun! In honor of this being the fifth year of the holiday we’re giving away five $1,000 content credit prizes to libraries and schools who share their celebrations on social media.

To be eligible to win all you have to do is share photos, comments or videos on any social media channel (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) using the hashtag #eBookLove. You can access our marketing kit to help spread the word by downloading this zip file.

Whether your library is throwing a literary party to celebrate or you want to share pictures of the eBooks your patrons are reading, we want you to get as creative as possible! You’re free to share as many posts using the hashtag as you like. The more, the better. Team OverDrive will review all the entries the following day and notify and announce the winners.

Read an eBook Day – Tell your story

Readers can win too!

Your library users can also share their #eBookLove on social media for a chance to win a Kobo Aura ONE thanks to our friends at Kobo. Entries rules are the same for them. Simply share a post, picture and/or videos showing of their #eBookLove for a chance to win this incredible device. We’ll notify the winners and share their posts throughout the week of the 18th as well.

Read an eBook Day was created to promote the joy of digital reading and modern storytelling and we couldn’t be more excited to see how you celebrate. We welcome librarians and readers alike to visit our Read an eBook Day website to get book recommendations, hear interviews with authors by our Professional Book Nerds podcast, and post comments about their eBook experiences. We hope you’ll join the conversation by sharing what you’re reading, stories about why you love eBooks and by using the hashtag #eBookLove on social media for a chance to win content credit and devices!

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