Did you get a tablet for Christmas?

mobile-tablets-v1-768x432The Holiday season has ended and I’m guessing many of you received a tablet, phone, or eReader for Christmas!  Are you having trouble figuring out how to work it or where to get free content?  Come to the Library and we can help you out!  Many of us at the Reference Desk are great at using devices to access free content through the library.  We can get you set up in no time (as long as you have a valid library card)!

There are SO many different apps that give you free downloads of music, magazines, movies, TV shows, books, and audiobooks.  A few of them are: OverDrive, hoopla, RB Digital, freegal, and Kanopy! You can access these at www.warsawlibrary.org/eresources/ Feeling overwhelmed by all the options? No problem! We are here to help you out.  Stop in or call with any questions; our number is 574-267-6011.

Click the link below to see the new eBooks/eAudiobooks that have been added to OverDrive in December!

New Additions-December 2018

Have you tried hoopla?

hooplaAre you aware that OverDrive is not the only place you can access content online?  Hoopla is another fantastic app that allows you to download thousands of eAudiobooks, eBooks, movies, tv shows, and music!  You will need to create an account with your email, library card and pin number, but then you have free access to so much more than before!

If the book you want is not on OverDrive, be sure to check in hoopla before requesting it.  It may be available there!

Hoopla is a bit different than OverDrive in that you only get 15 checkouts each month, and there are NEVER any holds! Everything you see on hoopla is available instantly.  Here is a list of some of the popular eBooks available on hoopla:

  • Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
  • The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson
  • Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
  • Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin
  • Santa’s Underwear by Marty Rhodes Figley
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • I Need a New Butt! by Dawn McMillan
  • The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber
  • Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

And SO many more!

Hoopla is also a great place to download some festive Christmas music!  They have popular albums like:

  • The Christmas Trilogy by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • Christmas in the Sand by Colbie Caillat
  • Christmas by Michael Bublé
  • Warmer in the Winter by Lindsey Stirling
  • It’s the Holiday Season by Martina McBride.
  • Behold by Lauren Daigle

Download an album for the car or to play in your house while you prepare for the holidays!

Click on this link to set up your hoopla account: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

Merry Christmas!

OverDrive Magazines

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Did you know OverDrive now has magazines that you can borrow for free? Open the OverDrive/Libby app and you will see the magazines on the welcome page.  If you go to the website, the magazines are the first thing that you will see as well!  Keep in mind that the magazines are quite large when you download them, due to the formatting and abundance of pictures.

Go to OverDrive or Libby and checkout your favorite magazine, no need to pick it up as you leave the grocery store anymore!  You can now use that money to buy yourself a nice coffee to enjoy while reading your free magazine!

Just a reminder that we are continually adding new eBooks and eAudiobooks to OverDrive. Here is the list of new purchases from October: New Additions

If you don’t see the book you are looking for, feel free to recommend it!  You can recommend it on OverDrive, which means you will be notified when it is added to our collection.  However we will see the recommendation faster if you do it through our website.

Have you tried OverDrive’s Big Library Read?

Have you tried OverDrive’s Big Library Read?  Their pick this time around is The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke.  The Big Library Read gives a chance for all OverDrive users to checkout the same eBook with no holds or wait lists–think of it as a giant book club! Tell your friends to check it out and then discuss it with them while reading or after completion.  Simply go to the OverDrive website and the Big Library Read will be the first thing you see once you sign in.  Here is the description of The Girl with the Red Balloon taken from OverDrive:

“When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.”

If that didn’t catch your fancy, we also have MANY new books that have been added to OverDrive in September! Check out the list: September Additions



When Words Fail

hiding faceI find myself struggling to pull any thoughts from my weary brain as I sit here and stare blankly at the computer.  What do people want to read in an eBook blog?  In an age when attention spans seem to be shortening and social media devours online time, how can one little blog about eBooks receive any interest?  The answer to that questions is quite simple: I don’t know.  This may sound hopeless, but maybe honesty will pull people in.

To me, eBooks and eAudiobooks are a way for library’s to continue staying relevant in our ever changing age.  Many people want to complete all their activities online; from shopping to watching shows, to banking.  Why not include reading in there? Libby, from OverDrive, is the perfect way to do that.  There are thousands of books at the reach of your fingertips.  Is that not enough for you?  You can also gain access to shows, movies, and songs through Hoopla and RB Digital.  Just go to our website at: www.warsawlibrary.org and scroll down, you will see all of the above listed apps.  Follow the link and create a FREE account with your library card.  Why pay for streaming services, when you can have free access through your local library?

Here is a list of the new additions to OverDrive in August: Additions

A Fantastic Way to End your Summer (or begin the school year)

SummerThe Summer Reading Program is finished and a new school year is about to begin.  What are your goals for when the kids head back to school?  Will you have a little more downtime to read, or is there a lot of catching up you need to do around the house or at work? Try checking out an eAudiobook through OverDrive to listen to while you catch up!  Or, find a great eBook to curl up with as you enjoy the silence.  We are always adding new books/audiobooks to our collection, click on the link at the bottom of this post to see what we have!

Or, perhaps you’re a teen who is sad about heading back to school? Download an eBook during these last few days of freedom and soak it in.  Below is a review of a great YA book from Anna, our teen librarian!  Check it out on OverDrive!

The One Thing

The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

“Six months ago, Maggie contracted bacterial meningitis and went blind. A rising soccer star, Maggie doesn’t take the news well – her whole life is turned upside down now that she can’t see. She ignores her friends’ phone calls, stops caring about school, and is mean to her parents. And after a school prank goes wrong, she now has a probation officer.

Everything changes when she slips on some pistachio ice cream while coming out of a meeting with her probation officer. Maggie hits her head, and wakes up to see a 10 year old boy laughing at her fall. Maggie is annoyed, until the realization hits – she can SEE him laughing!

Ben is her probation officer’s nephew, and for whatever reason, he is the only person Maggie can see. As Maggie and Ben (and Ben’s brother Mason) develop an unlikely friendship, Maggie learns that Ben has struggles of his own.  When Maggie discovers the reason that she can see Ben, the consequences are devastating. What is Maggie willing to sacrifice for the little sight she gleans with Ben? And can she find the inner strength to adjust to a life without sight?”

-Anna (Teen Librarian)

Check out our new additions to OverDrive in July:  New Additions

Looking for your next book?

We are right in the middle of the Summer Reading Program at the Warsaw Community Public Library and there are so many books to read! There is only a month left to earn your prizes, so get cracking!  Are you struggling to pick your next book?  Read the following book review by a staff member and get swept up in the mystery.Death of Mrs.

“Are you a fan of mysteries?  Did you like The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware?  Head over to OverDrive and download her newest release, The Death of Mrs. Westaway.

This is the story of Hal-a girl who is grieving the loss of her mother, friendless, broke, and in debt to a seemingly murderous loan shark. When all hope seems lost, she receives a letter saying that her grandmother has died and may have left her an inheritance. The only problem is that Hal’s grandparents have been dead for years. Desperate and fearing for her life, she takes the opportunity for some quick cash and decides to fake her way into the inheritance. She travels to the family mansion and gets embroiled in the mysteries of the foreboding manor.

Ruth Ware is very good at the slow build while keeping the mystery intact. The Death of Mrs. Westaway is no different. I was never quite certain about the ending, I kept having inklings, but then Ware would send me in a different direction.

The imagery in this book is fantastic. It paints the picture of Trepassen (the mansion) and its grounds in very foreboding and creepy tones. I could just imagine it as I read, and towards the end I definitely got chills. There is something especially delightful about a dusty, dark, mansion that feeds into the mystery so well. If you were a fan of Daphne du Maurier‘s novel Rebecca, you may find some parts of this book similar in nature.  Download The Death of Mrs. Westaway on OverDrive in either eBook or eAudiobook form settle into a cozy chair, and be prepared to be swept into the mystery. ”

-Michelle (Reference Technical Assistant)

If that book doesn’t suit your fancy, check out our newest additions to OverDrive in June: New Additions