February 2022

Attention OverDrive/Libby users: HCPL will join larger OverDrive consortium March 1

On Tuesday, March 1, Harrison County Public Library will merge with a large consortium of libraries called Indiana Digital Library. HCPL is excited for the change, because it will give our patrons access to a collection of books and audiobooks from almost 200 libraries across the state. The Indiana State Library will pay the platform fees for the group, which means 100% of the member libraries’ fees will be spent on digital titles.

The new consortium will also have a team of librarians who will actively monitor holds and purchase additional copies of books that have long wait lists. This means you shouldn’t have to wait as long to get the books you want to read.

Some things to note:

  1. You will need to log in to your app again, using the same library card number and PIN you currently use.

  2. Items you currently have checked out and your hold list will still be there when you log back in.

  3. Your reading history will not be there. If you want to keep your reading history, you can download it.

    Here’s how (click on line 1 or 2 to learn more):

    1. Libby – exporting reading history

    2. OverDrive – exporting reading history

If you currently use the OverDrive app, you might consider making the switch to the Libby app. The OverDrive app is no longer supported and the Libby app is OverDrive’s updated version of its original app.

HCPL expects the merger to go smoothly, but if you run into trouble you can always contact us.

Short upgrade could affect access to some services

At 1:00pm today, an upgrade of HCPL Web Services will take place that will last approximately 5 minutes.

This upgrade is in preparation for valuable new services that HCPL plans to implement soon.

Please note that this short upgrade will possibly affect access to library accounts through the online catalog, access to OverDrive/Libby and Axis360 accounts, as well as logging on to HCPL public computers.

Together We Read program from OverDrive offers free digital copies of “The Five Wounds”

During Together We Read from OverDrive, borrow The Five Wounds for free with no waitlists and no holds from February 7 through February 21!
Download Libby or visit OverDrive to borrow the eBook or audiobook from HCPL using your phone or tablet.

The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade

It’s Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and thirty-three-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his fifteen-year-old daughter Angel shows up pregnant on his doorstep and disrupts his plans for personal redemption. With weeks to go until her due date, tough, ebullient Angel has fled her mother’s house, setting her life on a startling new path.

Vivid, tender, funny, and beautifully rendered, The Five Wounds spans the baby’s first year as five generations of the Padilla family converge: Amadeo’s mother, Yolanda, reeling from a recent discovery; Angel’s mother, Marissa, whom Angel isn’t speaking to; and disapproving Tíve, Yolanda’s uncle and keeper of the family’s history. Each brings expectations that Amadeo, who often solves his problems with a beer in his hand, doesn’t think he can live up to.

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Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of The Five Wounds, which is currently shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and is longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Her story collection, Night at the Fiestas, won the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. It was named a New York Times Notable Book and a best book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association. Kirstin is the recipient of the John Guare Writer’s Fund Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe Best American Short StoriesThe O. Henry Prize StoriesThe New York Times, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor at Princeton.

Community exceeds goal for “Feed Harrison County – Read for a Better World”

by Savannah Wallace, Youth Services Assistant

Harrison County Public Library is excited to announce that together as a community, 16,966 books were read this January during the #WinterRead2022 – Feed Harrison County – Read for a Better World Challenge. This far exceeded our goal of 9,400 books! Fantastic job Harrison County readers!

Because the goal was met, Tyson and Walmart will donate to Harrison County Community Services. Tyson will donate 100 cases of chicken and Walmart will donate a $75 gift card. Canned goods were collected at each library branch and have been donated as well. These donations will help feed over 600 families in need this winter. Thank you to all who participated in this challenge and donated food to help feed Harrison County.

We are so proud of our community!

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