It is a librarians eternal task to answer the question, “What should I read next?” The librarians here at Y.P.L. are attempting to answer that question with our Staff Picks series. Each entry will include a different recommendation from a staff member.
Today’s Staff Pick is brought to you by Laurie Hogue, our Assistant Director!
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
I’m recommending this book because…
Homegoing is a debut novel by Yaa Gyasi that left me wanting more. This novel is a multi-generational tale that takes the reader through the harrowing existence of two half-sisters who were born in Ghana in the 18th century through eight generations, leading to present day.
The introductory characters are Effia and Esi, whose paths do not cross and they are completely unaware of one another. as they live in different villages. The lives of the sisters end up very different, setting a trajectory for the many generations to come.
“What I know now, my son: Evil begets evil. It grows. It transmutes, so that sometimes you cannot see that the evil in the world began as the evil in your own home. I’m sorry you have suffered. I’m sorry for the way your suffering casts a shadow over your life, over the woman you have yet to marry, the children you have yet to have.” – Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
The reader is not at all sheltered from the horrors endured, this is a story full of heartache and unimaginable circumstance, strength and endurance; it is beautifully written and has rich and developed characters despite the manageable size. Although I felt completely emotionally spent when it was through, this story and the characters have stuck with me, and probably always will.
It’s a question we’re asked often, and for good reason! eBooks are convenient, more portable than physical copies, and with your library card, they’re totally free! (Not to mention, they’re perfect for getting in those Summer Reading hours on the go!)
If you’ve wondered how you can access our eBook collection on your devices, expand the sections below for step-by-step guides.
These instructions are for Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, and Kindle Oasis.
Click to expand step-by-step instructions.
Using a computer or a device with the Overdrive app installed, head to our catalog.
Sign into your library account using your library card number. Unless you’ve changed it, your password is your phone number without the area code or dashes.
On that same page, click the Overdrive logo under Electronic Resources.
Now you’ll need to sign into Overdrive.
Once you click the yellow ‘Sign In’ button, you’ll be taken to a drop down menu. Scroll all the way to the bottom and select Yorktown-M. Pleasant Township Public Library.
Type in your full bar code number. Again, your password is your phone number without area code or dashes. To skip this step in the future, check the box that says ‘Remember My Card Number on This Device’.
Now that you’re logged in, you can search for, browse, and download eBooks!
When you’ve found the one you want, click the yellow ‘Borrow’ button.
Choose how long you would like to borrow the book: 7, 14, or 21 days. Click the ‘Borrow’ button again.
Click the ‘Read now with Kindle’ button.
You’ll be taken to Amazon. Make sure you’re logged into the Amazon account that your Kindle is registered to. Select the Kindle you would like the book to be delivered to and click ‘Get Library Book’.
You’re all done! The eBook will be downloaded to your Kindle the next time it connects to Wi-Fi! When your borrowing period is over, the book will automatically disappear. You never have to worry about late fees with Overdrive.
Tablets, Phones, & Kindle Fire
These instructions apply to Andriod, iOS, and Kindle Fire devices.
Select Yorktown-M. Pleasant Township Public Library.
Input your full bar code number from your library card. Your password is your phone number without the area code or dashes.
Tap ‘Sign In’.
To continue, tap ‘Add a title’.
You’ll be directed to the IDDC homepage, where you’ll need to sign in one more time. To prevent having to do this in the future, check the box that says ‘Remember my card number on this device’.
When you find the book you want, tap it and then tap ‘Borrow’. Select how long (7, 14, or 21 days) you’d like to borrow the title.
Select your preferred format. You can download it directly to your device and start reading immediately, or you can connect through your Amazon account and read it as a Kindle Book. Tapping ‘Read now with Kindle’ will redirect you to Amazon.
To view and open the titles you have checked out, tap ‘Bookshelf’.
That’s it! When the borrowing period is over, your book will automatically disappear. You never have to worry about late fees with Overdrive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: “What if the title I want says ‘wait list’?”
A: Because we share our eBook collection with other libraries in Indiana, the title you want may be checked out by other users. However, just like physical copies, you can place a hold. Just click the ‘Place a Hold’ button, and you’ll receive an email when the title is available for you.
Q: Does Overdrive have audio books?
A: Yes! Overdrive has audio books and a few movies/videos. Once downloaded to your device, just press play and enjoy.
Q: How do I return a book?
A: As mentioned in the instructions above, when your borrowing period is over, the title will automatically disappear from your bookshelf. If, however, you finish early and would like to return, click the three vertical dots next to the title on your bookshelf and select ‘Return to Library’.
Q: I have an original NOOK. Can I download eBooks from Overdrive?
A: Yes, you can. But that process is a bit more complicated. Check out Overdrive’s article here.
Have a question that’s not answered here? Leave a comment below or contact us.
NEW: Meet Libby! Overdrive’s user-friendly new app.
It seemed like winter was going to last forever in Indiana, but we made it! The trees are blooming, the sun is hot, and it’s time for Summer Reading! This year’s theme is Libraries Rock, and we have a great series of events lined up to prove just that. Keep reading to find out what’s in store!
First things first: You have to register to participate. Registration for all ages opens Friday, May 25 at the library.
Here’s how the age groups are divided:
Tigers (Kindergarten-5th grade*)
Teens (6th grade-age 17)
To register, you’ll just need to fill out your information and grab some reading logs or review sheets. Cubs, tigers, and teens will register at the desk in the children’s area. Adults will register at the desk in the adult area.
That’s all it takes! Once you’ve registered, you’re ready to start reading and earning prizes.
*Homeschooled children are welcome to participate! Grade years are meant as an age guide.
We’re kicking off the Summer Reading Program with a fun carnival in Morrow’s Meadow! On Saturday, May 26 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm, you can join us for carnival games, a tiger bounce house, and a very special visit from the Troll Princess.
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the carnival will be moved to the Pleasant View Elementary School Gym. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information.
How to Earn Prizes
Reading is fun on its own, but the Summer Reading Program is all about those prizes! Each age group earns prizes a little differently, so check out how it works for your age group below:
Since many participants in this age group aren’t reading on their own yet, Cubs earn a prize for every hour that they read or are read to.
There is a limit of 3 prizes per week.
For every 10 hours that your child reads or is read to, they will earn one ticket into the drawing for the Super Reader Prize.
Tigers can earn a prize for every hour they read.
There is a limit of 3 prizes per week.
For every 20 hours read, Tigers will earn one ticket into the drawing for the Super Reader Prize.
For every book you read, you’ll fill out a short review sheet.
For each book review you submit, you’ll earn one ticket.
Tickets will then be used for the weekly prize drawings:
Laser Tag Passes
Holiday World Tickets
Big Splash Adventure Tickets
Fire TV Stick
Cincinnati Reds Tickets
Splash Island Tickets
Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
All tickets will be saved and put into the drawing for the Super Reader Prize.
For every book you read, you’ll fill out a short book review or recommendation sheet.
For each book review or recommendation you submit, you’ll earn one ticket.
Tickets will then be used for the weekly prize drawings:
Fire TV Stick
Keurig Brewing System
All tickets will be saved and put into the Grand Prize Drawing.
To be counted toward the Super Reader Prize, Tigers and Cubs must turn in their reading logs by noon on Wednesday, July 11.
Adults and Teens must turn in book review sheets by 3:00 pm on Friday, July 13 to be counted toward the Super Reader/Grand Prize drawing.
Every Wednesday in June, we’ll have a special event for families. Check out this year’s entertainment below!
CR Ryan brings his entertaining magic show to the Summer Reading Program every year, and we’re so glad to have him back again! CR Ryan preforms with his sons for a show that’s fun for the whole family!
Surf the sound waves with Paul Odenwelder as he shows the many ways we can combine sounds to create music! With lots of audience participation and crazy instruments, this show is one you won’t want to miss!
Magic Don is back again this year with his water magic show! Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with this fun and crazy event. Dress to get wet!
Wednesday, July 11
*Any show marked as taking place at Morrow’s Meadow is weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, those events will be moved to the P.V.E. Gym. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to be a patron to register and participate in the Summer Reading Program?
A: No! While we would LOVE for you to sign up for a library card, it is not a requirement for participation.
Q: Do I have to read only library books?
A: Nope! Again, we would love it if you checked out books and/or eBooks from the library, but it’s not required.
Q: Do I have to be present to win the prize drawings?
A: No way, Jose. All winners will be notified via phone or email after each drawing.
Q: What is the deadline for registering?
A: There is no registration deadline. You can start participating as late into the program as you want, but keep in mind, the longer you participate, the better your chances are of winning!
Q: Do audio books count?
A: They sure do! Tigers and Cubs, just record the hours you listen. Teens and Adults, just fill out a review like you would with a regular book.
Have a question that’s not answered here? Contact us.
We are so excited to kick off the 2018 Summer Reading Program with our community! We strive to make it as fun and inclusive as possible, and we hope everyone has a great time!
To end, we would like to thank the wonderful sponsors who make this program and all the prizes possible:
Gold Level Sponsors:
Yorktown Family Dentistry
Silver Level Sponsors:
Animal Medical Center
Ingram’s Floor Covering
Mark’s Service Center
Rachel Tucker-F.C. Tucker
Reed’s Plumbing LLC
Ryne-Wood Builders, Inc.
Scott Metzler- State Farm
Bronze Level Sponsors:
5 Tool Academy
Academy of Model Aeronautics
Advanced Carpet Care
Big Splash Adventure
Great Kitchens and Baths
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Michael Burke- Re/Max
Muncie Children’s Museum
National Model Aviation Museum
Player’s Club at Woodland Trails
Royal Pin Leisure Centers
Terre Haute Children’s Museum
Since we first started offering eBooks last year, there has been one question that reigns supreme; how do you check out an eBook? When you look at all the options available to you, and trying to figure out your device, the whole task can be quite intimidating. So we put this little guide together to help you check out eBooks.
Where to start
The first place you will want to start is at our catalog. If you don’t know how to get there, go to our website and click the “Search Our Catalog” button. If you need more help using the catalog, check out this past post. You will need to log in using your library card number and phone number/password.
Once you’ve gotten that first accomplished, it is time to look for your first eBook. You have two different options to use. The first, and probably the easiest, is to simply look in our catalog. The list of OverDrive eBooks (and audiobooks) are integrated straight into our catalog. Just like with regular books, the eBooks will appear green when there is a copy available and when it is pink there is not one. The second option is to go directly to OverDrive by clicking the icon on our catalog.
Before you check out a book
By default, the check out period of all eBooks is one week (7 days), but you can change that limit. We suggest that you extend it to the max of 14 days. This will give you plenty of time to finish your book. However, if you can read your book in a week, you don’t have to mess with this.
Checking out an eBook
Now that you are set up to check out a book, it’s time to actually check out a book. Once you find a book to read, move your mouse over the book and click the “Borrow” button. If you would like to find out a little more about the book first, you can click on the books title (not the book cover). Once you do that, you will receive a summary of the book with a big “Borrow” button right next to the cover.
Reading the eBook
In order to read your eBook, you have a few different options.
If you do not have a mobile device, or eBook reader, you have the option to read the book through your Internet browser. This is probably the easiest way to access your new eBook
This is probably the second easiest way to access your eBook. Simply choose the Kindle book as your chosen download type. You will then be taken to Amazon’s website, where you will have to log into your Amazon account. Once you are there, you can tell Amazon on what device you would like to have your eBook sent to. If you have another (non-Kindle) device with a Kindle app downloaded to it, the process is exactly the same as if you had a Kindle.
The other option for reading your eBook is a ePub book. These books can be read on all other devices (iOS, Android, Windows, Nook, etc). In order to read these books on your devices, it is best to download the OverDrive Media Console app. Doing it this way, you will also have to set up an OverDrive account. This is a simple process, but it adds extra steps to the process. If you have a Nook (not a Nook Tablet), the process is a little more complicated. So check out this post on the OverDrive website to find out how to do it.
Done reading the book?
If you are finished reading your book early, you can return your item early. If you are reading the book through your web browser, simply go to your bookshelf. Underneath the rating for your title, there is a button to “Return Title”. If you are using a non-Kindle device, push and hold on the book cover and an option will appear to return the book. If you are using a Kindle, you will have to log into your Amazon account to return the book.
If you’d like to have someone walk you through this post, check out this video:
UPDATE: (7/06/2015)After you checkout a book, you will now have to go to your bookshelf to download/read the book. OverDrive no longer automatically takes you to your bookshelf when you check an item out.