Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge: A Book Set in a Country You’ve Never Been

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier!

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book set in a country you’ve never been.”

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We’re traveling the world through books from Mexico to Antarctica to Ghana.

Where will you go?

Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Botswana: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Egypt: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (This book can also be counted for the category “A nonfiction book about history before 1500)

Iraq: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

China: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

India: A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

Laos and Thailand: The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

Russia: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Antarctica: The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

Australia: The Dry by Jane Harper

Guernsey (an island off the coast of Normandy in the English Channel, a UK Crown dependency): The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Germany: Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie

Spain: The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Mexico: Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork

Columbia: Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vásquez 

Chile: Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

Brazil: Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin

Happy reading!

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Using Libby – the Overdrive/Sunflower eLibrary App

Overdrive, or the Sunflower eLibrary, is a great way to check out ebooks and audiobooks from the Andover Public Library.

This service is limited, however, to patrons who live in the 67002, 67230, 67206, 67017, 67228 Andover school district zip codes.

The easiest way to use Overdrive and the Sunflower eLibrary on your mobile device is with the Libby app.

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 1. Download the Libby app from the app store onto your mobile device.

 

 2. In Libby, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with a valid library card.

(You must live in the 67002, 67230, 67206, 67017, 67228 Andover school district zip codes to use Libby.)

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Your barcode is the six-digit number from the back of your card and your password is your last name in lowercase letters.

If you have cards at multiple libraries, you can load each card into Libby at the same time.

3. Once you are logged in, you will see the front page of your library. You can “Search For A Book” at the top and access your account details by clicking on the image of a girl.

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4. To search for a book, select the words “Search For A Book” at the top next to the magnifying glass and type the name of the book, subject, or author.

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Once you select the correct choice, you will see which ebooks and audiobooks the library has for your search.
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5. You can further refine your search by clicking on either “Preferences” or “Refine” to narrow your search by language, audience, ereader compatibility, and availability.

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6. To borrow an ebook or audiobook, select the text that says “Borrow” and complete the borrowing process.

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7. Choose between checking out the item for 7 or 14 days and select “Borrow!” You can also see how many items you have checked out and on hold on this screen.

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You are limited to borrowing five items at a time and having up to seven items on hold.

8. If the item is unavailable, simply select “Place Hold” to get on the hold list.

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9. Then, select “Place Hold!” to complete the hold process.

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 10. To see which items you have checked out, simply select the “Shelf” button on the bottom right of the screen.

Here, you can see the items you have borrowed under Loans, items you have requested under Holds, any items you have tagged, and your borrowing activity.

On this screen, you can also read or listen to a book in the app and manage your loan.

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11. By selecting “Manage Loan” in the Shelf screen, you can renew your loan, return the loan to the library, send the ebook to your Kindle app, tag the book, and view the title details, including a description of the book.

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Should you have any questions about using Libby, Overdrive, and the Sunflower eLibrary, APL staff are always happy to answer questions.

Happy reading!

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge: A Book Set in Kansas

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.

These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier!

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book set in Kansas or on the Kansas Notable Books list.”

Kansas Notable Books List

From the list’s website: “The Kansas Notable Books List is the annual recognition of 15 outstanding titles either written by Kansans or about a Kansas related topic.”

Selections from the 2018 Kansas Notable Books list at the library:

Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin

Kansas Baseball, 1858-1941 by Mark E. Eberle

The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

To The Stars Through Difficulties by Romalyn Tilghman

You may find a listing of previous honorees at the Kansas Notable Books website.

 

Other fun books about Kansas

Wicked Wichita by Joe Stumpe

Bear Grease, Builders, and Bandits: The Men and Women of Wichita’s Past by Beccy Tanner

Ballots and Bullets: The Bloody County Seat Wars of Kansas by Robert K. DeArment

The Female Frontier: A Comparative View of Women on the Prairie and the Plains by Glenda Riley

What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth-Century Writers on the Sunflower State edited and with an introduction by Thomas Fox Averill

Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes

And even more titles in our catalog!

 

Happy reading!

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Director’s memo 1/19

The Library has been in the news recently (Wichita Eagle, KWCH, KSN) regarding a Materials Reconsideration Request filed by one of our patrons. I would like to explain the procedure and what has transpired to date.

  1. Patrons talked with me about concerns they had over the books George by Alex Gino, Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart and I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas. These books all feature transgender children. They were written for children.
  2. I read Lily and Dunkin and I am Jazz*. I also looked at professional reviews of these books. I wrote the patrons a letter explaining my decision to keep the books in the children’s section.
  3. A patron elected to file Materials Reconsideration Requests on the three books requesting they be removed from the children’s section.
  4. Per Library Policy, a committee was formed of myself, our Youth Services Manager, a Library Board member, an Andover resident, and a representative appointed by the challenger.  The committee read all 3 books and met to discuss the books.  The committee voted 4-1 to retain the books in the children’s section.
  5. The challenger appealed to the Library board of directors at the January 9th meeting. This board meeting allowed comments from the public. The Library Gallery was full of people on both sides of the issue: retain or move.
  6. The board will vote on the books on the February 13th board meeting at 6:00 pm.  Their decision is final.

I based my decision in part on our Library Board approved American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and the Free Access to Libraries for Minors statement. Quoting from Free Access to Libraries for Minors statement:

Article V of the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS states “A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.” Every restriction and access to, and use of, library resources, based solely on the chronological age, education level, or legal emancipation of users violates Article V.

Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children—and only their children—to library resources. Parents or legal guardians who do not want their children to have access to certain library services, materials or facilities should so advise their children. Librarians and governing bodies cannot assume the role of parents for the functions of parental authority in the private relationship between parent and child. Librarians and governing bodies have a public and professional obligation to provide equal access to all library resources for all library users.

As a library professional, I am committed to these principles. I am also committed to listening to our users’ concerns and ask that you respect them regardless of their position on this issue.

Tom Taylor
Director
Andover Public Library

*I did not initially read George. It is on the William Allen White 2017-2018 Master List of books for grades 3-5. The selection committee for these awards includes Kansas school librarians, principals, English teachers and representatives from various Kansas associations and the Kansas State Department of Education. Andover Public Library buys multiple copies of nominated books. In 2017 the Friends of the Library provided us with a grant to buy multiple copies. We also try to purchase these titles in other mediums like CD. The demand is high. We place all of our copies of William Allen White books in the juvenile section of the library. I did check where other libraries placed George in their collections. A large majority of them were in the Juvenile Fiction collections. In deference to the award committee and in result of my searches, I concluded that the book should stay where it is.

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