Recently a friend of mine posed a question asking about people’s experiences with book of the month clubs. Of course, many of these types of clubs exist, all at varying price levels. However, as the conversation and comments went on, people recommended the library and eBooks and she admitted to not knowing that libraries had eBooks. (Gasp!)
Of course, my friend is not in the minority. E-collections are very hard to market since they take up no physical space in a library. Ohio libraries have an excellent tool with the Ohio Digital Library.
More than 175 Ohio libraries check out digital resources through www.ohioebooks.org. This includes eBooks, eAudiobooks, videos, periodicals, and there are even special pages with content specific to kids or teens.
The Ohio Digital Library collection is powered by app called OverDrive. OverDrive is a free download on any smart device and has many surprising features. I polled our librarians at the Delaware County District Library for their favorite features and here are some they shared:
• The app allows patrons to store multiple library cards and check out from more than one system at a time – great for people who are bicoastal or snowbirds.
• Advanced Search function includes filtering by 11 language options, audience, format, availability, and more than 100 different subjects.
• If your loan period on a book runs out and you check it out again at a later date, the app will remember where you left off and start you there automatically.
• Audiobook listeners will find a play speed feature that can either speed up or slow down the reader, helping shorten some of those … dramatic … pauses.
• Some children’s books feature a “Read to Me” option that highlights words as it reads, encouraging new word awareness with young readers.
• If you live outside Delaware County, you can still get a card through DCDL and enjoy all these amazing benefits.
One final fact that many people are surprised to hear is that librarians embrace eBooks. Yes, that special feeling and smell of a physical book cannot be replicated or replaced, but we encourage users to discover many vehicles to obtain information and entertainment.
This is another vehicle that we are quite happy to offer. Next time you’re in, ask a librarian to help you check out digital content or use OverDrive, they’ll be glad you asked.
• A Man Called Ove. Ove is the quintessential grumpy old man next door, with strict principles and a short fuse. Still grieving his late wife, Ove has largely given up on life until a boisterous young family moves in next door and forces him out of his shell.
• Denial. Deborah E. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) battles for historical truth when renowned Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) sues her for libel.
• The Accountant. A forensic accountant un-cooks the books for illicit clients.
• The Birth of a Nation. Set against the antebellum South, the story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities, against himself and his fellow slaves, Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
• Blair Witch. It’s been 20 years since a local girl vanished into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland while researching the legend of the Blair Witch, leaving a trail of theories and suspicions in their wake.
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 web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at email@example.com. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!