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Audiobooks

Our New Friend Libby

It’s no secret how much I love Hoopla. I’ve been known to chat to anyone about it at the library and in my book clubs (and at the grocery store, the bar, the laundromat… pretty much anywhere.) It’s just so easy to use and I’m a bit of a give-upper when it comes to confusing technological processes. That’s why I was SO excited when I heard that Overdrive (something I shied away from in the past) released a brand new user-friendly app to use! Meet my new friend, Libby. Not only does Libby offer amazing audiobooks and ebooks for free with your library card, but it does it with a way more visually appealing and easy-to-navigate interface than before.

Because Hoopla offers content constantly without holds (yay!) it sometimes means that there are titles that aren’t available in that catalog yet (boo.) Libby, on the other hand, offers access to some of those hard-to-find hits, and the occasional holds list is usually super short (or nonexistent.) It also gives you the option of previewing audiobooks, whether or not they are immediately available, which is AWESOME for those of us who judge a book pretty quickly by its narrator.

If you’re tech savvier than I am, feel free to just head to your preferred app store and get going on Libby. If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s a little walk-through for browsing for, checking out, and opening content…

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Libby—Overdrive’s New App

Libby, the innovative, new, one-tap app is designed to make borrowing and enjoying eBooks and audiobooks from your public library easier than ever.

This free app, created by Overdrive, is available for Android, iOS, and Windows 10 devices.

Libby just offers a simplified, cleaner and quicker access to content. We encourage you to explore!

It’s super easy! Just follow these steps:


  1. Install the Libby app from your device’s app store.
  2. Open the app and find your library. You can search by library name, city, or zip code.
  3. Browse your library’s collection and borrow a title. When prompted, sign in. You’ll need a valid library card to complete this step.
  4. Borrowed titles appear on your Shelf and download to the app automatically so you can read them while you’re offline.

From your Shelf, you can:

  1. Tap Start Reading or Start Listening to open a title.
  2. Tap the cover image, then Send to Device to send a book to Kindle.

LIBBY vs. OVERDRIVE: Libby is a more streamlined way to access the library’s digital collection. They’re just getting started with Libby and both apps will continue to be available. But, eventually Overdrive will start promoting Libby to current users of their original app. So, for now (at least) there will be two apps that you can use to get the same content.

The original Overdrive app does offer some features Libby doesn’t yet offer (accessibility, eReading Rooms, Recommend to Library, and a multilingual interface), so if you like those things, just stick with Overdrive.

Listen Up: Audiobook Month Listener’s Advisory

This summer, whether you’re traveling, commuting, or taking a little staycation, audiobooks can be a perfect companion. The challenge is finding one that matches your tastes, which can be a little trickier than just picking a “great book.” Here are a few tips and suggestions for helping you find your next great listen:

Audiobook-recommending guru Renee Young has some appeal terms that you can use when browsing or asking for audiobooks. Think of these as basic lingo that can help you feel less overwhelmed and narrow down your selections. Read More..

Filling in the Gaps

As someone who works in the Children’s Department, I routinely feel bad for not knowing every book in our collection. We get so many new books each week, and between my obsession with Romance and YA, there’s rarely a place for juvenile fiction in my to be read pile.

When I feel like I need to fill a gap in my children’s lit knowledge and I don’t have time to read, I turn to audiobooks. They are a great way to consume literature, especially the ones where people look at you and say “I can’t believe you’ve never read… This one book everyone has read!” You can listen to it without disrupting your reading schedule!

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Audiobooks You Should Be Listening to on Hoopla

Sure, that title has a clickbait quality to it, but I’m pretty serious and vocal about my love for all things Hoopla. I’ve sung its praises in the past (mostly because the graphic novel selection is pretty darn great), but only recently have I really delved into the audiobook section.

Mostly because, until recently, I wasn’t exactly a fan of listening to books. Lugging around CDs is always a pain, and I’m still not sure what those MP3 thingies are all about, but listening to a book on your phone while multi-tasking or taking a walk? You mean I can read all the time if I want to?! Read More..

Spring Reads Are Blooming!

Get ready for the first Friends sale of the year. All books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks will be $2 and under!

Find us in the Friends’ Garage on the west side of the library on Kentucky Street.

Members’ Only Night is THU, Mar 30 from 5-7 PM. Membership gets you first crack at the goods! You can join now or at the door.


Friends Booksale
FRI | Mar 31 | 10AM–6 PM
SAT | Apr 1 | 10AM–6 PM
SUN | Apr 2 | 12-4 PM

For more information visit lplfriends.org or call Angela at 785-843-3833 x 149