Halloween reads

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! Who doesn’t love costumes, candy, and spooky stories? Staying up late to read a scary book is the best way to get into the Halloween spirit. Our staff librarians have put together a few lists packed with chilling tales to get you spooked on October 31st. Halloween Reads… Read more »

Say “Yes” to Yes Please

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“Before we begin, I want to let you know that I’m broadcasting from my own personal audio booth that I built at the base of Mount Rushmore 15 years ago. And I built it before I had even written one word and here I am now, reading my book to you. What a country.” –… Read more »

Use a survey to (en)gage your students

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Putting out a survey to your students is a great way to find out if they’ve used your digital library, but also a way to figure out how and why/why not. Lisa Guess at Smithville Middle School (MO) created a survey for her students and learned a lot more than just “Yes, I have read… Read more »

Big Library Read: Chat with Andrea Portes

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On Monday, I had the opportunity to speak with our Big Library Read author, Andrea Portes. We chatted about Anatomy of a Misfit, where her motivation comes from, her writing habits and much more. She also shared her favorite memories about her libraries growing up and offered advice to aspiring writers. We started with a… Read more »

OverDrive APIs by the numbers (infographic)

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  You work hard to bring readers to your digital library, and we can help. OverDrive APIs are just for that: by integrating with library OPACs, APIs help to expose your digital titles to more readers and make searching and browsing for titles a breeze. More than 1,650 libraries use OverDrive APIs within their library… Read more »

Regional literature collections

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Before traveling, many people have rituals. Making To-Do lists, scouring Yelp or other review sites, reading travel guides, praying to Saint Anthony, and buying tiny bottles of shampoo are common practice. My rituals include getting as many kitten snuggles as possible and reading some of the regional literature of my destination. I’m going on a… Read more »