The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

June 4, 2014

Help Thomas Beaver Free Library meet e-book challenge

DANVILLE — Thomas Beaver Free Library is hoping to start a new chapter by encouraging as many readers as possible to try out their electronic book catalog.

The library is currently one of 40 in the North Central Library District competing in a June program to see which can increase their e-book and audiobook circulation the most.

The contest is sponsored by OverDrive, the e-book and audiobook distributor for the North Central Library District. Through June 18, the libraries have been challenged to beat their best previous month of e-book and audiobook circulation.

“We have to increase the circulation in June by 25 percent over our highest month’s circulation,” said Bonnie White, director of the Thomas Beaver Free Library.

Their highest month for e-book and audiobook circulation was January, at 9,858 borrowed. The library would need 12,323 e-books and audiobooks checked out to meet that requirement.

If the Thomas Beaver Free Library wins the competition, they will receive $1,500 to spend on e-books and audiobooks.

Usage of e-books by library patrons “has been growing quite considerably since last year,” White said.

To check out one of the library’s e-books or audiobooks, library members can go to and click on the link for “eBranch2Go” to go to the OverDrive website. From there, they can click the “sign in” button to select the Thomas Beaver Free Library and enter their library card number. They are then free to browse the titles available to them. The e-books and audiobooks can be downloaded onto a variety of devices, such as smartphones, Kindles or iPads, White said. Not all books are available on all devices. The e-books can also be read on a computer’s web browser.

“It’s very simple to use. I’m a fan of the print book at home, but when I’m traveling or even on a short trip … I don’t want to carry all those books,” White said, saying it’s much more convenient to have her reading material on her Kindle or iPad.

It’s also more convenient for people who may find it uncomfortable to hold a large book for extended periods of time, she said.

The OverDrive service can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection to browse the library’s selection of e-book and audiobooks. “If you’re at the shore in Jersey and want a book from our library, you can get it,” White said.

There are currently more than 12,000 titles available on the service.

“It has every kind of genre that you might be interested in,” White said.

The Thomas Beaver Free Library is also participating in the “Big Library Read” program, which is a worldwide, digital version of a local book club. The mystery novel, “A Pedigree to Die For” by Laurien Berenson, will be available for download from June 3 to June 18 with no hold and no waitlist for library members.

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