Narrative Nonfiction in any Classroom

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I use to wonder what my teachers and school librarians did while we were away from school. I imagined them rollerblading down the hallways, eating the elusive cafeteria cookies that always seemed to run out before my miserable Slot C lunch, and generally just having a blast while we were out of their hair. While… Read more »

The Business of Superheroes

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  Can you save me the comics? This familiar question was often spoken in my household on Sunday mornings. A picture of fatherhood, my dad who had awakened early was holding his second cup of morning coffee with the Cleveland Plain Dealer spread across his chest and small ink marks on his hands proving that… Read more »

Digipalooza ‘13 kicks off next week!

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On Thursday, August 1st, hundreds of librarians and publishers will join Team OverDrive in Cleveland, Ohio for Digipalooza, the 4th international user group conference. Librarians from around the world will participate in educational and interactive sessions covering topics such as the future of digital media, trends and lessons learned from Big Data, best practices for… Read more »

The Best Books of 2013 (So Far)

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  Since half the year is over, we thought this would be a good time to review the best books of the first 6 months of 2013. We compiled a list of the books voted best of each month by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Christian Science Monitor, those that received three out of… Read more »

The Literary Pen Name: A Sweet Deception

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The romance of a literary pen name is one secret that authors, both male and female have employed for over a century.  The reason for a pseudonym or pen name is a varied and fascinating history of social and gender inequality, but also describes a depth of character and the personal motivation of an author…. Read more »

Publisher Spotlight: Kensington Publishing Corp. & Urban Books, Part 1

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  In a recent article published by Drexel University, How Urban Fiction is Helping to Bring Readers Back to the Library, the author discusses a book by Dr. Vanessa Irvin Morris called “The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Street Literature”. In her book, Dr. Morris encourages librarians to understand the importance of offering a diverse collection that… Read more »

OverDrive users’ favorite book series unveiled!

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Last week we asked a simple question on our Facebook page: What is your favorite book series?   Using the Facebook questions tool we provided 10 initial answers but also allowed for anyone to write in their personal favorites if they weren’t already on the list. Throughout the week hundreds of people chimed in with… Read more »

DC Public Library unveils Digital Commons highlighting OverDrive Media Station

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This morning the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) officially opened The Digital Commons on the first floor of their main branch, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  This creative space is designed to encourage collaboration and innovation through technology, unique workstations and more.   The Digital Commons houses more than 70 computers loaded with… Read more »