International Games Week kicked off yesterday and we’re celebrating all week long with displays in the library, special posts on social media (check out our Facebook and Instagram pages!), and an exciting game demo of the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game.
International Games Week is an initiative from the American Library Association to show through the libraries around the world the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.
It’s the perfect week to check out our wide selection of board games and video games to play with the whole family and make every night family game night!
Overdrive, or 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.
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” at the top and access your account details by clicking on the image of a girl.
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.
Once you select the correct choice, you will see which ebooks and audiobooks the library has for your search.
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.
6. To borrow an ebook or audiobook, select the text that says “Borrow” and complete the borrowing process.
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.
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.
9. Then, select “Place Hold!” to complete the hold process.
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.
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.
Should you have any questions about using Libby, Overdrive, and the Sunflower eLibrary, APL staff are always happy to answer questions.
Goodreads is the world’s largest website for readers and book recommendations. The Andover Public Library has a Goodreads group where you can discuss favorite books and find a new favorite by looking through our fun bookshelf categories.
By following the directions below, you can connect your Goodreads account to the Andover Public Library’s catalog and easily see if we have a book and place it on hold.
1. Click your profile button at the top right-hand side of your Goodreads page, at the far right of the search bar. This button either has a small image of a person reading a book or your profile picture.
2. Next, click on the Account Settings option.
3. Select Book Links at the top of the page.
4. Click Add a New Link located on the top right-hand side of the page, above the “Popular Links” section.
5. Type “Andover Public Library” into the top box titled Link Name.
6. Copy and paste this link into the BOTTOM box titled Title Search URL:
1. Click the Sign In button on the top right of the page
2. Select Andover Public Library from the pull-down menu.
3. Enter your fourteen-digit barcode number from the back of your card. Your password is your last name in lowercase letters.
4. Once you’re logged in, you will see the Sign In button is now My Account. From here, you can view your loans and holds, see which items you have on your wish list, which items you’ve rated, and change your account settings.
5. To search for an ebook, audiobook, author, or subject/genre, select the Search button. You can search by title, author, and genre! Interested in crime books? Search “Crime.” Interested in all books by John Grisham? Search “John Grisham.” Interested in Regency romance novels? Search “Regency Romance.” Give it a try!
6. The search results will show audio and ebooks both. You can filter your search by selecting the categories to the left. To search for all available titles, select Available Now under Availability. To limit your search to ebooks or audiobooks, select the appropriate item under Ebooks and Audiobooks.
If an ebook or audiobook is available, an orange bar with the words Available will show at the top of the cover image (see “The Rooster Bar” in the image below). If a book is checked out, a white bar with the words Wait List will show at the top of the cover image (see “The Reckoning” in the image below).
7. To find out more information about a book, select the book’s image or title. This will allow you to read a short description of the book, see what formats it is available in, read a sample, and either check the item out or place it on hold.
8. To place a hold on an ebook or audiobook from the search screen, select the Place a Hold button below the title. The pop-up notification will show you where you are in line for that item and how many copies the library owns. You will also see several “read-a-likes” that you might want to check out! When the item is available, you will receive an email.
9. To check out an item from the search screen, select the Borrow button below the title. Choose whether you’d like the item for 7 or 14 days and again select Borrow.
You have the option to read the ebook in the browser, download an EPUB version, or read with your Kindle. With audiobooks, you can listen in the browser or download an MP3 version.
Should you have any questions about using Overdrive and the Sunflower eLibrary, APL staff are always happy to answer questions.