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Big Library Read, April 1-15 2019

 

Big Library Read, April 1-15
Homes: a refugee story by Abu Baker

World’s Largest Digital Book Club Invites CLAMS Library Network Patrons to Embark on an Extraordinary Journey

Nonfiction Award Finalist “Homes: A Refugee Story” ebook available for two weeks with no waitlist or holds

Join #BigLibraryRead, the largest global eBook club! 📖All you need is a library card 📚

Alongside thousands of readers worldwide, CLAMS patrons can discover a remarkable true story through the largest global digital book club, Big Library Read. From April 1–15, booklovers can borrow, read and discuss Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung’s heartbreaking yet hopeful Homes: A Refugee Story ebook from their public library with no waitlists or holds. CLAMS Library Network readers may join by visiting https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/ or downloading the Libby app. More than 19,000 libraries around the world are participating.

Big Library Read is available in more than 90 percent of public libraries in North America and facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. Homes: A Refugee Story, a 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award finalist for nonfiction,was chosen by a popular vote of readers and librarians worldwide.

“It brings such joy to Abu Bakr and me that his wish of wanting to tell the world of Syria’s plight is being fulfilled in such a far-reaching way,” said author Winnie Yeung. “For this is the magic of books: they don’t just feed our imaginations, they build bridges of understanding. The relationship of sharing, receiving and honoring each other is the true gift of storytelling —something I am so grateful to be a partner in.”

Homes: A Refugee Story chronicles the struggles of the al Rabeeah family who left their home in Iraq for Syria in hope of a safer life – just before the Syrian civil war broke out. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes tells of the strange juxtaposition of growing up as a typical teenager in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy – soccer, cousins, video games, friends.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that simultaneously connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. Homes: A Refugee Story is the 18th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. The free program runs for two weeks and only requires a CLAMS Library Network card to get started.

Homes: A Refugee Story can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [US libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read ebooks and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.


About Rakuten OverDrive

Rakuten OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 76 countries. Named one of TIME’s Best iPhone and Android Apps of 2018, Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. 

Contact:
David Burleigh
Director of Brand & Marketing Communications
dburleigh@overdrive.com

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NEW Service from CLAMS!

CLAMS is excited to offer digital magazines as a new service to public library patrons.
Digital magazines now available

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Films Selected for the 2018 National Film Registry

2018 Library of Congress National Film RegistryLibrarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. “The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” Hayden said. — LOC Blog

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Encore Search Becomes Primary Catalog on October 22, 2018

10/22/2018 UPDATE: Encore is now the primary catalog!

We are excited to announce that beginning October 22nd, 2018 Encore will become our primary catalog search method. This intuitive, Google-like experience will provide multiple ways to refine your search to find exactly what you need, whether it be books, digital titles, dvds, audiobooks, music, and more. With the click of a button you’ll also be able to place a hold on a digital title in our OverDrive collection or connect to the Commonwealth Catalog to continue your search throughout Massachusetts without multiple sign-in screens.

Encore Main Page

 

View our Encore FAQs for searching tips and further information.

Bookmark this page to view your favorite featured lists  https://library.clamsnet.org/screens/newpoptitles_encore.html

Our Classic View will remain an option for those that prefer that type of search.

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Tor Delays Library eBook Lending

Tor Books has changed their policy for library eBook availability. Tor titles will now be delayed for library availability for 4 months from their release date, starting with July 2018 releases. The library community is dismayed and disappointed in Tor’s decision. Library eBook suppliers (OverDrive) are in ongoing and active dialogue with Tor to provide data and information to advocate a policy change.

You may contact Tor directly to provide your feedback here elending.feedback@macmillan.com 

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Commonwealth eBook Collections is Evolving

Commonwealth eBook Collections is evolving! 

Following a procurement process in 2017, Commonwealth eBook Collections has selected OverDrive as its new eBook platform. OverDrive replaces Axis 360.  90% of the Axis 360 content will move to the new OverDrive service.  Biblioboard, and eBook Central will no longer be offered. Continue reading

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New Text Messaging Service

SIGN UP TODAY!!Shoutbomb logo

CLAMS has launched our new text messaging service powered by Shoutbomb.

With the Shoutbomb Text Messaging Service, you can use your mobile phone to:

  • Receive text notices about: your holds that are available, items that are due soon, overdues, and fines.
  • Send a text to renew an item.
  • Receive text alerts for other cards within your family.

All you need is a text messaging capable phone and a subscription to a text messaging plan with your wireless carrier. You do not need a smartphone.

Sign up today! http://info.clamsnet.org/text-messaging-sign-up/

 

NOTE: There is no charge from the library for this service; however, you may see a charge for incoming text messages at the standard rate applied by your cell phone carrier, depending on your plan or package.

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2017 A Year In Review

Thanks to all of our patrons for making 2017 a great year for CLAMS.
Here’s to an even better 2018!

2017 A Year in Review (Circulation Statistics for calendar year 2017). 15,326 new borrowers. 2.94 million total checkouts. Total number of material added to the network's collection in 2017: 33,511 new titles and 146,329 new items.  2,938,632 checkouts and renewals. 525,123 holds fulfilled. Most popular material type last year was a book. Total eContent (note: OverDrive stats only) checkouts last year was 314,939. 226,538 eBook checkouts and 88,533 eAudio or eVideo checkouts. Total number of records in CLAMS: 596,164 titles, 260,979 patrons, and 1,685,839 items. Sources: Sierra and OverDrive Marketplace accessed January 8, 2018.

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Films Selected for the 2017 National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. “Spanning the period 1905 to 2000, the films named to this year’s registry include Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts and independent and home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725, which is a small fraction of the Library’s vast moving-image collection of 1.3 million items.” — LOC Blog

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Congratulations To Our Star Libraries


Library Journal's America's Star Libraries
Congratulations to our star libraries!

Library Journal (LJ) has just announced this year’s star libraries. We are so happy to see that 10 of the 12 star libraries in Massachusetts are members of the CLAMS Library Network! Continue reading

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