The Indiana State Library has announced the formation of a new statewide e-book consortium, the Indiana Digital Library, launching on March 1. Nearly 200 public libraries in the state will all share the OverDrive platform to create a statewide consortium of e-books, e-audiobooks, and magazines. This new consortium -- made up of libraries that serve populations under 150,000 -- will benefit libraries, taxpayers and library users. Patrons of consortium member libraries will have the ability to borrow materials from both their own library's collections and the member library collections. The State Library is paying the platform fees for the consortium, and 100% of the member libraries' fees will be spent on materials.
A volunteer library team will also assist with collection development for libraries and will help ensure the efficient usage of the consortium’s funds. Libraries may either purchase titles for their collection on their own or may choose to assign their funds to the collection development team.
“The new Indiana Digital Library consortium will be a great service and benefit to Indiana libraries and the customers of Indiana libraries. This collaboration is a great example of Indiana libraries working together to provide high quality services to library users,” said Jake Speer, State Librarian.
What Patrons Need To Know
When the shift happens March 1, everyone will be logged out of Libby. You will need your library card handy to sign back in. Additionally, some titles may not be readily available as this is a massive transfer. Be patient! The wait will be worth it.
What You Need To Do Before March 1
Data will be lost in the transfer. Prior to March 1, Patrons will need to:
Export Your Timeline Guides
Do you use the OverDrive app? If yes, now is the time to switch to the Libby app.
OverDrive Inc. is discontinuing the OverDrive app in favor of its Libby app. Through this switch, you will have access to all the same great materials you could access on OverDrive, all in a new user-friendly interface. Some patrons have already noted troubles accessing materials on the OverDrive app. If you've experienced this, go ahead and switch to Libby.
While the OverDrive app is going away, patrons can still access OverDrive by their web browser of choice.
New Statewide Libby Consortium
Another change expected to occur March 1 is a new statewide Libby Consortium, which will see many new digital materials become available for patrons to check out. This is an exciting change, and when it occurs, patrons may be signed out of their Libby accounts. If this happens, you will only have to log back in.
Stay tuned for future updates!
Break out the popcorn! It's time to marathon rom-coms with your sweetheart or as a Galentine's Day (Feb. 13) tradition with friends. Everyone has their favorite rom-com, and we've narrowed our picks down to fourteen titles available at the Syracuse Public Library, with a bonus pick that can be ordered through Evergreen Indiana.
All of our picks are tailored to adults and have all the ingredients of a good rom-com: leads you love and want to see together; meet-cutes; fun sidekicks; lightbulb moments; grand gestures; and, of course, happy endings.
Our picks are in alphabetical order:
50 First Dates
Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) lives an enviable life in a Hawaiian paradise, spending every night with a different beautiful tourist in search of an island fling. It's a great life, no strings attached … until he meets Lucy (Drew Barrymore). He and Lucy hit it off right from the start, but the next day she acts like she doesn't know him. Lucy suffers from short-term memory loss, so every night all memory of her day is erased. But a man in love will go to great lengths to win the girl of his dreams. In an effort to help her remember him, he makes a videotape for her to watch every morning. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
An ordinary couple is in the right place, on the wrong night. Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) are a sensible, suburban husband and wife slogging through their daily lives and marriage. But a case of mistaken identity sets off an outrageous chain of events involving small-time thieves, big-city mobsters, corrupt cops, and a crazed cabbie, as the Fosters' "date night" turns into a wild ride they'll never forget! (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Hitch (Will Smith) is New York City's greatest matchmaker. Love is his job, and when Albert Brennaman (Kevin James) wins the heart of gorgeous society heiress Allegra Cole (Allegra Cole), Albert has Hitch to thank. So when tabloid columnist Sara Melas (Eva Melas) decides to uncover the secret behind the relationship's unlikely success. She's shocked to discover that Alex Hitchens, the charming young man she's been dating, is the legendary date doctor himself. Exposed in a front-page scoop, it's now up to Alex to try and save Albert and Allegra's relationship as well as his own. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Andie (Kate Hudson) is the "how-to" girl at an up-and-coming women's magazine who needs to prove she can pick up any guy and dump him in 10 days. And in order for Ben (Matthew McConaughey) to win an advertising presentation, he needs to prove he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Now that they are a "couple," and the clock is ticking, anything goes … (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Life As We Know It
Holly (Katherine Heigl) is an up-and-coming caterer and Messer (Josh Duhamel) is a promising network sports director. After a disastrous first date, all they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in this world, Holly and Messer must set their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they'll have to find common ground while living under the same roof. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Made of Honor
Tom (Patrick Dempsey) and Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) have been platonic friends for over 10 years. He's a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn't found Mr. Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he has fallen in love with Hannah and is real relationship material for her, she tells him that she is engaged. When she asks Tom to be her "maid" of honor, he reluctantly agrees just so he can attempt to stop the wedding and woo her. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Maid in Manhattan
A struggling single mom (Jennifer Lopez) takes a job as a chambermaid at a luxury hotel in New York. She meets and falls in love with a suave and sophisticated heir to an American political dynasty (Ralph Fiennes), who mistakes her for a society woman. When her real identity is revealed, the reality about their separate lives sets in. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
A Nice Girl Like You
Lucy (Lucy Hale) creates a wild sex-to-do list that sends her on a hilarious and surprising journey of self-discovery, friendship, and new love. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
The Prince & Me
Paige (Julia Stiles) is a college student at a university in Wisconsin, where she hopes to attend medical school. One day, Paige meets a new student on campus, Eddie (Luke Mably), who is obviously attracted to her. Paige and Eddie strike up a friendship which slowly turns into romance. Paige learns that Eddie is actually Prince Edward, heir to the throne of Denmark, who has come to Wisconsin to chase girls and enjoy himself away from the eye of the European press. Now Paige must decide if she wants to give up her dreams and ambitions, even if she gets her prince in return. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
High-powered book editor Maggie (Sandra Bullock) is everyone's worst nightmare: ruthless, driven, and tactless. When she finds herself faced with deportation back to Canada, she coerces her much younger assistant (Ryan Reynolds) into marrying her. However, when the government becomes suspicious, they embark upon a charade in order to make the marriage seem legitimate. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Follows the intertwining storylines of a diverse group of Los Angelenos (An All-Star Cast) as they navigate their way through romance and heartbreak over the course of one Valentine's Day. Couples and singles experience the pinnacles and pitfalls of finding, keeping or ending relationships in a day in the life of love. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
A young couple (Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum) has a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. After she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband sets his sights on winning her heart again. Based on a true story. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
When Harry Met Sally
Sex always gets in the way of friendships between men and women. At least, that's what Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) believes. So when Harry meets Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) and a deep friendship blossoms between them, Harry's determined not to let his attraction to Sally destroy it. But when a night of weakness ends in a morning of panic, can the pair avoid succumbing to Harry's fears by remaining friends and admitting they just might be the perfect match for each other? (Click Here to Place a Hold)
You've Got Mail
A romance in which superstore book chain magnate Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and cozy children's bookshop owner Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) are anonymous e-mail cyberpals who fall head-over-laptops in love, unaware that they are combative business rivals. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Bonus: Kate & Leopold
Kate (Meg Ryan) and her actor brother live in 21st century New York. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart (Liev Schreiber), has found a spot near the Brooklyn Bridge where there is a gap in time -- one can return to the 19th century. Stuart goes back to the 1870s and takes pictures, then is followed back to New York by Leopold (Hugh Jackman). Leopold gets help with fitting into the 21st century from Kate's brother, Charlie, and meets Kate herself. Kate is climbing the corporate ladder in advertising, but her growing feelings for Leopold cause her to reevaluate her priorities in life. (Click Here to Order It Through Evergreen Indiana)
Warm your hearts during this season of love with some fabulous romance and Valentine's Day books! We've curated a few of our favorites in adult, young adult, and children's books.
Many of our adult picks are on the cozy side of romance and feature classics old and new! After the rough last few years, we all deserve some relaxed reads.
The young adult picks are also largely cozy, with one fantasy pick from Sarah J. Maas. A fan of Beauty and the Beast, you'll want to give A Court of Thorns and Roses a chance, as it is a fantasy retelling of the "tale as old as time."
Finally, children can learn about Valentine's Day with some cool picture books that feature counting, rhymes, and "groovy words from the heart" from Pete the Cat.
Of course, these books are just a small portion of our collection of romance and Valentine's Day books. Look for our romance and Valentine's Day stickers upstairs and downstairs to find more. Teens can discover more titles by viewing the virtual Syracuse Young Adult Romance Shelf.
Best of my Love by Susan Mallery
To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend - a male friend - to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool's Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her? Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the "adventure" in Mitchell Adventure Tours ... and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he's inadvertently become that guy - the one-night Casanova - and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby's boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Crimson Roses by Grace Livingston Hill
Alone in the city without money and friends. Mother and father gone, her home sold over her head, deserted by her only brother - for Marion Warren the world seemed to stop. But her long years of nursing an uncomplaining father had taught her a great lesson. And she stepped bravely into a new life. Things seemed pretty black until the roses came... (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. She's come up with seven directives to help her "Get a Life", and she's already completed the first: finally moving out of her family's mansion. She's ready to enjoy a drunken night out, ride a motorcycle, and other adventures. But it's not easy being bad, and Chloe knows just the man to help her complete her list. Redford 'Red' Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and sex appeal, who paints at night but hides his work. When she enlists Red to help her rebel, she discovers what really lies beneath his rough exterior. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position... Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he's making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist. On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend. From the best man's toast to the bouquet toss, Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible. But before they know it, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other. They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
American Royals by Katharine McGee
In an alternate America, princesses Beatrice and Samantha Washington and the two girls wooing their brother, Prince Jeffrey, become embroiled in high drama in the most glorious court in the world. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
High school senior Tanner Scott has hidden his bisexuality since his family moved to Utah, but he falls hard for Sebastian, a Mormon mentoring students in a writing seminar Tanner's best friend convinced him to take. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a fiery passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose Tamlin forever. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
1 2 3 Valentine's Day: A Counting Book by Jeanne Modesitt
Mister Mouse delivers Valentine gifts to his friends in this counting picture book that includes a Valentine activity. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
The Night Before Valentine's Day by Natasha Wing
In the tradition of "The Night Before Christmas," these rhymes outline the fun of Valentine's Day. (Click Here to Place a Hold)
Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Love by Kimberly and James Dean
Love is in the air! Pete the Cat shares some groovy words from the heart in this fun collection of all his favorite famous quotes about living an awesome life filled with love. This cool cat adds his heartfelt take on well-known classics, from Vincent van Gogh to Virgil to Ovid to Charles Dickens, because after all, the best advice is "Love conquers all." (Click Here to Place a Hold)
February is National Library Lovers' Month. To spread the love, the Syracuse Public Library is holding a double giveaway: a mug set (with hot cocoa) and a two-pound bag of Twizzlers!
To enter, all you have to do is show your love for the library. Sign up for our monthly and/or weekly e-newsletters. Already a subscriber? You're automatically entered. Other ways to earn entries (including multiple entries) is to take part in our weekly "I Love the Library" activities on Facebook and Instagram, plus our upstairs "I Love My Library" board.
The first place winner will pick which prize they want — the mug set or the bag of Twizzlers. The runner-up will get the unpicked prize.
We will announce winners at the end of the month.
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