I am always surprised when I hear our patrons say, “I had no idea you had eBooks!” It seems like a natural fit for libraries to expand their collections to the digital realm by including eBooks. However, it’s also understandable that they’re an invisible collection, which could make them easy to miss.
If you’ve ever checked out an eBook from the Delaware County District Library, it’s likely that it either came from the Ohio Digital Library or Axis 360 collections. The main difference between these two collections is who they serve. The Ohio Digital Library is a consortium of many Ohio public libraries who share materials to patrons all over the state.
Axis 360, on the other hand, is a separate collection of eBooks purchased by DCDL to be used exclusively by our patrons. This is a great resource for DCDL patrons to get bestsellers more quickly into their hands – or tablets.
Now a new Axis 360 app makes the collection even easier to use. Simply download the app to your mobile device or computer, locate Delaware County District Library and sign in with your library card number. If you’re a new user, you’ll create a four-digit PIN and use that to continue the login process. Then use the “My Library,” “Browse” and “Search” functions to locate an eBook. Simply tap the “Checkout” button to borrow an eBook, which will download directly to the app. Your checked-out titles appear in the “My Stuff” tab. While you’re searching the app for your favorite titles, look for some of these, new this month to our collection.
• “Andy and Don” by Daniel De Visé. Featuring extensive unpublished interviews with those closest to both men, a revealing biography celebrates the powerful real-life friendship between co-stars Don Knotts and Andy Griffith behind the scenes of “The Andy Griffith Show.”
• “The End of the Cold War 1985-1991” by Robert Service. A British historian and author investigates the final years of the Cold War from both sides of the Iron Curtain, discussing the relationship between Reagan and Gorbachev whose unprecedented, historic cooperation worked against the odds to end the arms race.
• “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” by Stephen King. Since his first collection, “Nightshift,” published 35 years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection, he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.
• “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom. Sent to mid-20th-century America with nothing more than an old guitar, an abandoned youth rises to fame as a pop artist and becomes tortuously aware of his ability to influence the lives of other people.
• “Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise” by Oscar Hijuelos. A final novel by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love” is inspired by the friendship between 19th-century journalist-explorer Henry Stanley and Mark Twain throughout a journey to Cuba in search of Stanley’s father.
• “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende. A multigenerational epic follows the impossible romance between a World War II escapee from the Nazis and a Japanese gardener’s son, whose story is discovered decades later by a care worker who would come to terms with her past.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s website at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.