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Tis the Season for eBooks and More

For me, the holidays are synonymous with cozying up with a hot chocolate and a good book. I always look forward to having a couple of days off to read books I wasn’t able to get to during the year. Since I don’t always know what I’ll be in the mood to read, eBooks from the library have been a lifesaver. There is a huge selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks from OverDrive, accessible through the Libby mobile app, so I don’t have to haul any hardcovers with me.

The Libby app has been one of my most-used apps in 2019. It’s especially great for listening to digital audiobooks on the go. I will be visiting family in Ohio this holiday season, and an eAudiobook is crucial for the 6-hour drive. I am able to download the audiobook to my phone so I don’t use up my cell data on streaming the content. Plus, then we won’t lose service in the dead zone of Indiana. My annual tradition is listening to “Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris with my spouse. This one isn’t always appropriate for younger kids, but it is quite funny.

During the time back home, I’ll have some eBooks of different genres loaded on my tablet so I can read whatever I happen to be interested in at the time. Here’s what’s on my list!

“Christmas Days” by Jeanette Winterson, a festive short story collection by one of my favorite authors (plus it has recipes).

“Recursion” by Blake Crouch, because nothing says holiday cheer like a fast-paced, science fiction thriller.

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama, a moving memoir by the former First Lady that is sure to set a positive tone for me as we head into a new decade.

Being a solitary reading Grinch is no fun, and I do want to spend time with my family (call me crazy). One way we spend time together and bond is by baking. Family favorites include biscotti, sugar cookies, and toffee squares. I plan on forcing them to watch the Great British Baking Show, available through the library’s other main digital content lending platform, Hoopla. Through Hoopla, patrons can instantly borrow movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, and eAudiobooks. Hoopla allows 10 checkouts per month and is perfect for holiday binge-watching.

Tis the season for cozy reading! I hope you find some great digital content through the OverDrive (Libby) and Hoopla to share with your loved ones this season.

Learn more and get started with the Libby app on their official site. Check out Hoopla here. If you have questions about how to access digital content from the library, please contact the Digital Services Department.

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