Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Book about Books, Libraries, or Bookstores

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 about books, libraries, or bookstores.”

 

Some of our favorite books are ones that feature books, libraries, and bookstores. Here are a few of our favorites:

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane

The Paris Librarian by Mark Pryor

Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae

The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett

The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern

Murder at the Library of Congress by Margaret Truman

The Library: A Catalog of Wonders by Stuart Kells

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

The Library Book by Suan Orlean

 

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge: A Book You Chose Based on the Cover

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 you chose based on the cover.”

 

We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Now is your chance to do just that! You can pick a book whose cover you find visually appealing, a book whose cover reminds you of a favorite moment or person, or a book whose cover reminds you of another favorite book, or for any other reason the book catches your eye. There are many different ways to interpret this theme! Here are a few books whose covers you might find appealing:

If one of these covers sparks your interest, click on the image to find the item in our catalog!

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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

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Using Libby – the Sunflower eLibrary App

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

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.

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Your barcode is the fourteen-digit number from the back of your card and your password is your last name in lowercase letters. If you have trouble logging in, please call the library at (316) 558-3500.

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” and access your account details by tapping on the magnifying glass and icon of a girl at the bottom of the app.

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4. To search for a book, tap the magnifying glass icon at the bottom and type the name of the book, subject, or author.

You do not need to type the entire author’s name or book title. As you begin typing, Libby will display search suggestions. You can either tap one of the search selections or the magnifying glass to see the results.

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Next, 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 tapping on either “Preferences” or “Refine” to narrow your search by subject, language, audience, e-reader compatibility, and availability.

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

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7. Tap “Borrow!” at the bottom of the screen to finish borrowing this title. You can also see how many items you have checked out and have on hold on this screen.

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

8. If the item is unavailable to borrow, it will say Place Hold. Tap “Place Hold” to continue onto the next screen and complete the holds process.

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9. To confirm your hold and get on the holds list, tap “Place Hold!” at the bottom to complete the hold process.

Below the “Place Hold!” button is information about approximately how long the wait will take and how many copies the library has in our digital collection.

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 10. To see which items you have checked out, tap the icon that looks like a stack of two books on the bottom right of the screen.

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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 and the Sunflower eLibrary, APL staff are always happy to answer questions.

Happy reading!

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