Friday, February 28, 2014

Digital Collection's 5 most common mobile device issues

Our digital library collection vendor’s Support Services team are committed to providing quality solutions to common support questions. This article focuses on mobile device issues (Android, iOS, and Windows Phone).
  • App Crashes and General Issues – The most commonly used solution for mobile devices is “What to do if a title is not properly loading or OverDrive’s mobile app is crashing.” This solution provides a few options for each type of mobile device to resolve general crash issues. Sometimes the problem stems from the app running in the background and forcing a shutdown fixes the problem, or rebooting the device sometimes may be all that’s needed. Either way, this solution should resolve most general problems that may occur with the OverDrive Media Console app for mobile devices.
  • EPUB Download Errors – Another of the most common issues is one where OMC indicates that an eBook is prematurely expired. This is usually noted with the message “E_ADEPT_REQUEST_EXPIRED.” The cause of this is nearly always a date and time discrepancy between the device’s clock and Adobe’s servers. While allowing the device’s date and time to be set automatically works for most, setting it manually may be the best way to resolve this problem.
  • Stalled Downloads – The final issue I want to highlight is one where the cellular connection may not be working reliably enough to download titles. In such cases, we have solutions specific to iOS and Android – the platforms on which the issue occurs commonly – which address trying Wi-Fi instead of cellular connections.
As always, if the help articles linked above do not immediately resolve the issues, contact your Library for additional assistance. Please visit the help pages by clicking on Help (question mark) so that you can research the help articles for your issue or contact your library with specific questions.

Post written by Justin Noszek is a Support Services Specialist at OverDrive.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How to Build an Information Time Machine

In this TEDx Talk, researcher and engineer Frederic Kaplan discusses his Venice Time Machine.

Watch and learn how he intends to digitize books and documents into a simulated map of Venice across a millenia.

Have a Listen! Audie Award Finalists

Your Library has the Audie Awards Finalists!

If you prefer to listen to your books rather than read them, you will definitely want to check this out. 

The Audie Awards (or Audies) are bestowed annually in the USA for outstanding audiobooks. The Audies have been granted by the Audio Publishers Association, the not-for-profit trade organization of the audiobook industry, since 1996. Awards are given in close to thirty categories. Some of the awards relate to types of writing, including abridged and unabridged fiction and non-fiction, and such genres as romance and mystery; other awards recognize excellence in different styles of narration and production, such as multi-voiced performance and production values. 

The titles below are just a sampling of audio books that can be found in your library's collection!

Here's the full list of finalists for all categories! Want more? Browse the lists below to find other audios from your Library!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Staff Pick: "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini

Cover image for And the mountains echoed And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (2013)

Library Copies

An emotional, provocative, and unforgettable novel about how we love, how we take are of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generation.

Broad in scope and setting, wise and compassionate in its storytelling. And the Mountains Echoed is a profoundly moving, captivating novel that demonstrates Kahled Hossenini’s deeply felt understanding of the bonds that define us and shape our lives—and of what it means to be human.

It begins with the heartbreaking, unparalleled bond between two motherless siblings in an Afghan village. To three-year-old Pari, big brother, Abdullah is more mother than brother. To ten-year old Abdullah, little Pari is his everything. What happens to them—and the large and small manners in which it echoes through he lives of so many other people—is proof of the moral complexity of life. In a multigenerational novel revolving around not just parents and children but also brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which family members love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those close to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page. – from jacket cover.

Propelled by the same remarkable instincts and philosophical insight that made The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns so remarkable, And the Mountains Echoed shows once again that Khaled Hosseini is a born storyteller. – from jacket cover.

Praise for And the Mountains Echoed and Khaled Hosseini:
  • “Captivating and affecting . . . A masterful and compassionate storyteller, Hosseini traces the traumas and scarring of tyranny, war, crime, lies, and illness in the intricately interconnected, heartbreaking, and transcendent lives of his vibrantly realized characters to create a grand and encompassing tree of life.”—Booklist (starred review)

  • “Hosseini weaves a gorgeous tapestry of disparate characters joined by threads of blood and fate. . . . In this uplifting and deeply satisfying book, Hosseini displays an optimism not so obvious in his previous works. Readers will be clamoring for it.”—Library Journal (starred review)
Also by Khaled Hosseini:
  • The Kite Runner (2003) Available format: Standard print book, Audio book on CD, and eBook. (This title is also available as a Graphic Novel & eBook Graphic Novel.)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007) Available format: Standard print book, Audio book on CD, eBook and eAudio.
And be sure to watch:
  • The Kite Runner DVD (2008) Directed by Marc Forster; and starring: Khalid Abdalla, Homayoun Ershadi, Shaun Toub, Atossa Leoni, Saïd Taghmaoui, Zekeria Ebrahimi, Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada.

Post written by C. Ford, staff member in the Collection Services Division of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library System.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Once Upon a Time...

...children and parents alike would delight in the telling of tales before bedtime.

From the Brothers Grimm to Aesop, and from Hans Christian Anderson to Walt Disney, there are plenty of stories to read and watch together.

Get back to that time by celebrating "Tell a Fairy Tale Day" Wednesday, February 26th.

Be sure to check out your favorite fairy tale from the library before it gets snatched up!

Cover image for Rapunzel : a fairy tale                                Cover image for The ugly duckling

Cover image for Aesop's fables                               Cover image for The little mermaid

Do you have a favorite fairy tale? Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Staff Pick: "Classified" By Fern Michaels

Classified by Fern Michaels (2013)
Godmothers Series, Book 6
Library Copies

Teresa “Toots” Amelia Loudenberry is a wealthy woman by anyone’s standards. But the riches that mean most to her are the loving friends and family she’s accumulated over the course of a life well lived. And now that her daughter, Abby, has married her beau Chris and settled down near Toots in Charleston, life is even more satisfying than the delicious pralines sold at Toots’s bakery, The Sweetest Thing.

Abby isn’t the only on enjoying a little romance. Toots’s friendship with Dr. Phil Becker has grown unexpectedly close… and that brings both joy and complications. It’s one thing for a lady to be a little vague about her age, but Toots hasn’t been entirely honest with Phil about the number of marriages in her past. Frankly, after burying eight husbands, Toots suspects she should end her relationship rather than jinx Phil too.

As a distraction from her person dilemma, Toots throws herself into helping Abby and Chris open an animal rescue on their plantation. And then another diversion hits—this one deadly serious. Two young children have disappeared after visiting The Sweetest Thing, and police are combing Charleston with no trace. Toots immediately enlists Ida, Sophie, and Mavis to help in the search. But as Sophie’s psychic abilities draw them closer to the culprits, they realize the stakes are much higher than they ever could have imagined. Courage, love, trust, and daring have brought the Godmothers to where they are today, and they have never needed those qualities – or each other--- more… (From the book flap)

Other titles in the Godmothers series:
  • The Scoop (2009) (Book 1) Available formats: Large print book and eBook.
  • Exclusive (2010) (Book 2) Available formats: Standard and Large print books, Audio book on CD, eBook and eAudio.
  • Late Edition (2011) (Book 3) Available formats: Standard and Large print books.
  • Deadline (2012) (Book 4) Available formats: Standard and Large print books, and Audio book on CD.
  • Breaking News (2012) (Book 5) Available formats: Standard and Large print books, Audio book on CD, and eBook.
Post written by C. Ford, staff member in the Collection Services Division of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library System.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Great Reads: Black History Month

Looking to brush up on your knowledge of African American history and literature during Black History Month?

Try out some of these interesting reads from your library.

Cover image for The real Pepsi challenge : the inspirational story of breaking the color barrier in American business

By Stephanie Capparell

Cover image for Writing the future of Black America : literature of the hip-hop generation

By Daniel Grassian
Cover image for A lesson before dying 

Cover image for A bus of our own 
By Ernest Gaines

By Freddi Williams Evans
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Mama Flora's Family
By Alex Haley                    

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Books at the Movies: Winter's Tale (2014)

Cover image for Winter's taleWinter's Tale--Mark Helprin (1983)

"One winter night, Peter Lake--master mechanic and second-story man--attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty , the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. It is a love so powerful that Peter Lake, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven to stop time and bring back the dead."

Are you a fan of fantasy, drama, and romance novels? Check out Winter's Tale from your library before the movie version starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe hits theaters this Friday, just in time for Valentine's day.

Find available copies or put one on hold in our new online catalog.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

With so many books out there in the world, and thousands more being published each year, it can be downright difficult to figure out what to read next.

The editors over at Amazon have made that process just a tad bit easier by naming its 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, "a bucket list of books to create a well-read life."

Below is a list of some of our favorite books. Interested in seeing what else is on the list? Check out the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime here and then find your copy at the library!

Cover image for Charlotte's web,
Charlotte's Web
Cover image for To kill a mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
Cover image for Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade : a duty-dance with death

Cover image for On the road the original scroll
On the Road
Cover image for The hunger games
The Hunger Games

Have you read any of their suggestions? Let us know your favorites in the comments.

Via: Library Journal