PW’s Best Children’s Books of 2009!

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Publishers Weekly released its Best Children’s Books of 2009 and we’ve got your download editions covered!  Snag the books about teen friendships, harrowing stories of body-image issues, cross country trips, 1970s mysteries, and coming of age during the turn of the century. Some highlights include: Fire by Kristin Cashore The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly When… Read more »

New children’s video

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Children’s characters and television shows resonate with every generation; for me it was Fraggle Rock, The Care Bears, Muppet Babies and of course The Berenstain Bears.  What kid would not want to have a chance to live in a real treehouse?  It’s not very suprising that such a beloved family of bears are still enjoyed by children today. … Read more »

Tantor Media 50% Off Sale!

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If you are like me and love a good sale (especially when there is so much to choose from), you are in luck this month! Tantor Media is having a 50% off sale on their ENTIRE catalog of WMA and MP3 Audiobooks!  The large catalog of 1,174 titles runs the gamut of authors, genres, and bestsellers, perfect… Read more »

Track your download success with real-time reports

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Have you ever wondered about the activity of your download collection with OverDrive: overall checkouts, subject circulation, number of users, etc.?  If so, you’re in luck. This information and more are available online using Content Reserve reports. With more than a dozen useful real-time reports, you can track your library’s or consortium’s circulation and other performance… Read more »

OverDrive Advantage: Greater access to more content

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We just launched a powerful new tool that enables libraries to meet the growing demand for digital content, OverDrive Advantage. OverDrive Advantage allows member libraries of a shared system to create a custom collection for their community within the existing download website while maintaining access to the shared collection. Whether you want additional copies of a popular… Read more »

ChineseAll eBooks – A big hit in NYC

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This past weekend, I was in NYC at the Digital Bookmobile event with the New York Public Library – Seward Park Branch, near Chinatown. NYPL circulates tens of thousands of digital audiobooks and eBooks each month, but in a city with millions of people, a majority is still unaware that the download service even exists. During the day, hundreds… Read more »

Use Community Reserve to share unique resources

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Guest blogger Cynthia Orr encourages libraries to share local content on their download websites in her monthly blog post. Community Reserve is a free tool that OverDrive libraries can use to upload their own content to share with their patrons as well as those of other libraries. About 400 works in all formats have been shared… Read more »

Halloween treats for your ‘Virtual Branch’

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It’s that time of year again when co-workers bring in too much fun size candy, scary movies with unrealistic monsters are on almost every channel, and shopping for the perfect costume can become such a hassle. And I love every minute of it! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays as it is filled with fun decorations,… Read more »