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Get Wrapped Up in a Good Book – Adult Fall Reading Program Starts September 16

Devour books, not brains! The Adult Fall Reading Program begins September 16 and will run through November 30, 2019.

As in this year’s summer reading program, all participants are encouraged to use Beanstack to track your reading and prizes; though, if you would prefer to use a paper log to keep track of the books that you’ve read, we’ve got you covered!

If you already created an account in Beanstack for the Adult Summer Reading Program, you will need only to log in with your existing credentials and enroll in the Get Wrapped Up in a Good Book challenge. If you’re new to Beanstack, it is easy to create an account! The Beanstack app is available to install on iOS and Android devices, or you can access HCPL’s Beanstack page online.


Read 3 books, receive a coupon bookmark from KentJava

Read 6 books, claim your HCPL pocket notepad and pen

Read 9 books, pick your own prize!

Read 12 books, receive a certificate for a free book at The Book Box

Program guidelines

Each book logged will earn you a ticket for a drawing of your choice. You will receive prizes at the 3-book, 6-book, 9-book and 12-book levels. Each book read beyond the 12-books will continue to earn tickets for prize drawings.

For books to count they must be checked out from Harrison County Public Library and kept overnight. eBooks and eAudiobooks checked out from Axis360 and Overdrive will count for the program. Children’s books will not count toward the Adult Reading Program, adults must read at their own reading level.

Hey Google, ask Libby to play this week’s book trivia

For the past few years, Libby has been connecting readers to new books and their favorite authors at a record pace, as libraries continue to be a driving force for digital reading and literacy. The award-winning app has constantly added exciting new features, most recently making it easier than ever to enjoy audiobooks in your car with the integration of Apple CarPlay capabilities.

Test your literary knowledge

Today, OverDrive has added a fun, unique way to interact with Libby to test your book smarts, literally. Libby Book Trivia Quizzes have been added as a new Google Action. For the past year, you’ve been able to have Libby find libraries, borrow, place holds and get book recommendations through Google Home and smart devices. Now, you can test your literary knowledge by opening up the Google Assistant app and taking the Libby Book Trivia Quizzes. Each week, a new quiz will be added with fun themes including page to screen, famous first lines, award-winning books and much more. The program launches today with a Harry Potter-themed quiz to celebrate the birthday of the boy who lived.

Each quiz will include multiple-choice, true/false and fill-in-the-blank style questions as well as fun facts about the books being mentioned. After the quiz is over, we’ll show you your score and then provide links to learn more about each title mentioned plus the option to borrow or place them on hold if your library owns the title.

As previously mentioned, each week there will be a fun new quiz available, so be sure to check back frequently and test your book smarts! Even if you don’t get a 100% every time, you’re sure to find some great new book recommendations or rediscover classic titles you’ve long forgotten about.

Information courtesy of Rakuten OverDrive

Take Audiobooks on the Road with Libby and Apple CarPlay

Traveling in the car during summer vacations or rush hour can be tedious, but now drivers can enjoy listening to audiobooks more easily and safely than ever – and for free. Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app available from 90 percent of public libraries in North America, is now compatible with Apple® CarPlay. This feature allows iPhone® users with a valid library card to quickly access and control audiobooks through their vehicle’s dashboard display and listen through the sound system. The Libby app, which is also compatible with Android Auto™, was created by Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide.

“Our partners and readers have long requested this feature, so we’re excited to offer it, especially at the height of summer travel,” said Shannon Lichty, OverDrive Vice President of Partner Services.

CarPlay allows library patrons to select and navigate audiobooks with large, intuitive controls on the vehicle’s display rather than on the phone. Libby features on CarPlay also include skipping ahead or back, changing the playback speed and pausing. It is supported by every major automobile manufacturer and is compatible on iPhone 5 or newer running iOS 7.1 or newer.

Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of TIME’s Best Apps of 2018, Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with the popular digital collections of libraries on nearly any device. Readers may browse the library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. Once an audiobook is borrowed and on Libby’s shelf, drivers can then access and control the title through CarPlay.

Libby is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad®, Android™ and Windows®. With Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” devices and apps [US only]. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

Get started today by downloading Libby from the Apple®, Android™ and Windows® app stores. Once installed, Libby helps users find their local public library and begin borrowing ebooks and audiobooks immediately.

Courtesy of Rakuten OverDrive, July 16, 2019

Feed your brain, foster a connection with another culture…learn a new language!

If you have considered learning a new language but weren’t sure where to begin, Mango Languages offers a sound approach to learning.

Mango adjusts to your learning pace, using listening & reading activities that build on vocabulary and learning progress. Expert linguists create each course, ensuring that every lesson is culturally accurate and conversationally relevant. If you’d like to learn more about how Mango Languages works, read this short brochure.

Mango Languages is easily accessible from HCPL’s eResources page

The free Mango Languages app is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Introducing Niche Academy

The Harrison County Public Library is excited to offer you a growing collection of easy-to-use online tutorials that range from Ancestry Library Edition, Axis360, Libby, Mango Languages and other HCPL eResources to Facebook, email, computer basics and Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Publisher). Brush up on a skill or learn a brand new one!

If you would like some help getting started using Niche Academy, here are some helpful tips.

May the Fourth Be With You!

May the Fourth is akin to the Super Bowl for Star Wars fans. The now ubiquitous pun was introduced on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her political party placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News, saying “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Canada, though fans had been communicating and gathering online since 2008.

Four other times things happened on May the Fourth

1953: Pulitzer Prize for Literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway for The Old Man & The Sea, launching an endless incoming tide of required reading for generations of high school students.


1959: First Grammy Awards event takes place. Ella Fitzgerald and The Chipmunk Song win, though not in the same category.

1970: Four students die after the National Guard opens fired on a protest at Kent State University over the bombing of Cambodia. Some historians call this the official and abrupt end of the peace and love decade, the 1960s.

2013: Harper Lee files a lawsuit against a literary agent over the copyright of To Kill a Mockingbird, claiming that he tricked the aging writer into assigning him copyright on the classic book.

Star Wars holidays stretch all through May

While May the Fourth rules the galaxy, some recognize the following day, May 5, as Revenge of the Fifth to celebrate the Sith Lords and other villainous characters rather than the Jedi. Others celebrate the Sith one day later, on May 6, citing Revenge of the Sixth as a better play on words. Additional holidays come later in the month, commemorating release dates for the first two Star Wars films.

All this means you have lots of time to savor everything Star Wars. Harrison County Public Library has an extensive collection to keep Star Wars fans happy all month long.

Pre-registration for the 2019 Summer Reading Program begins May 1


We are excited to announce that pre-registration for the 2019 Summer Reading Program will kick off this Wednesday, May 1st! The program is open to all ages–kids, teen and adults. New this year is HCPL’s Beanstack app, through which you can easily register for the program & track your reading progress and prizes earned. 

More details will follow in the coming days, so stay tuned!

6 Book Recommendations for the Avengers

The End[Game] is nigh!

Last week, we shared some book recommendations for our favorite Game of Thrones characters, which worked out well since they spent a nice quiet evening around the hearth on Sunday. This week, not only will we likely say goodbye to just, like, so many of them, but we’ll also be treated to the wrapping up of the current phase of the MCU. Avengers Endgame arrives this weekend and it will make all the money revealing how Earth’s Mightiest Heroes most likely defeat Thanos, the Mad Titan/extremely buff California Raisin.

Whether they were snapped out of existence or not, our favorite team members have had plenty of time to sit back and ponder this since last spring. We’re hoping they spent that time reading these books.

Captain Marvel

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

You know who rules? Carol Danvers. You know who else rules? Beryl Markham. The British-born aviator was raised in Kenya, became one of the first bush pilots, raced and trained horses, and also was an author. This book is teeming with Beryl’s fiery determination, interesting characters and, of course, flying.

The Hulk

This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero

Too on the green nose? This story about two private eye detectives who share a body is flawless from start to finish and loaded with pop culture references and humor. This is what you’d get if you took Roger Rabbit and mashed him together with Eddie Valiant AND Jessica Rabbit. The only negative is that the story has to end.

Iron Man

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

Imagine an insanely rich, insanely successful entrepreneur who becomes reclusive attempting to create something entirely new and innovative that he thinks can change the world. The happy imagination would conjure thoughts of Tony Stark, our first Avenger. Some might think of Elon Musk (or Howard Hughes)…

The Winter Soldier

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The internet’s favorite Avenger shares something in common with Thomas. Neither of them can remember much of their questionable past. The Maze Runner opens up an incredible series about intrigue, mystery, and government conspiracy. Something ol’ shiny arm can relate to.


Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Classic rock is a staple of the lead Guardian’s whole shtick so what better book for him to check out then the new oral history of a world-famous 1970s rock group and the secrets behind their dramatic break-up. Wouldn’t it be fun to poke fun at Star-Lord by explaining to him that this is a fictional band. He deserves it for blowing the original plan to stop Thanos, anyway.


Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Admit it. You want to see Thor yell, “That’s not how it happened!” while angrily throwing the book across the room.

Winter is here! Book recommendations for 6 of our favorite “Game of Thrones” characters

Over the past seven seasons of “Game of Thrones” we’ve had to say goodbye to a lot of characters. A LOT of characters (thanks, George). Yet, here we are at the beginning of Season 8 and we still have several contenders for the Iron Throne, along with other beloved (and not-so-beloved) characters hanging around Westeros.

Shouldn’t we wonder about what the characters will do after this is all over (presuming, of course, they make it through). How are they going to fill all that time once they no longer have to worry about White Walkers and waging war? Here are books that we would recommend to some of our favorite characters from “Game of Thrones.”

Cersei Lannister 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
We almost suggested Flowers in the Attic, but that felt a little too obvious. Instead, we’ve selected Gregory Maguire’s inventive narrative that explores the rise and fall of Elphaba, the green-skinned witch we commonly know as the Wicked Witch of the West. From the beginning, it is made clear to the audience that we are supposed to view Cersei as a villain. Likewise, the Wicked Witch of the West was originally only ever seen through the eyes of Dorothy Gale. But what if both are merely victims of bad editing? In his book, Maguire gives us a different perspective on a character always seen as a “bad guy” and makes us question everything we thought we knew about good versus evil.

Jaime Lannister
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Winner of the Man Booker Prize, The God of Small Things is a multi-generational novel that explores twins, family tragedy, politics and forbidden love. Is there really anything else I need to say?

Tyrion Lannister
The Wars of the Roses by Dan Jones
When writing his series, George R. R. Martin took inspiration from England’s historical Wars of the Roses. Royal families! Feuding for the throne! The name for the wars comes from the fact that the two rivals each had a rose as their sigil: a red rose for the House of Lancaster (sounds an awful lot like Lannister, doesn’t it?) and a white rose for the House of York (oh, kind of like Stark, huh?). At the of the violent and bloody civil wars, England was left with the House of Tudor, which had a red and a white rose as its emblem. Red and white. Fire and ice. For Tyrion, we would advise he brush up with some nonfiction if he hopes to survive and make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.

Jon Snow
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
In 2016, novelist Dani Shapiro submitted her DNA to a genealogy website for analysis. Done on a lark, she wasn’t expecting much to come of it, so when the results came back and Shapiro discovered her father was not her biological father, her entire world was turned upside down. Jon has spent his entire life in the dark about his mother — his father Ned Stark refused to tell him anything about her. But as longtime readers of the books have suspected, the truth about Jon’s heritage is far more complicated and earth-shattering than anyone truly realizes.

Arya Stark 
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Legrand’s first book in her Empirium Trilogy tells the story of two fiercely independent women 1,000 years apart who together have the power to either save the world or destroy it. In particular, it is Eliana’s story that would most likely appeal to Arya. A bounty hunter, Eliana considers herself unstoppable. But then her mother vanishes and Eliana is forced to join a rebel faction in order to find her. Arya is a fighter who never fit in with the grandeur and glitter of court, and she is separated from her home and her mother very early in the series. So much of her story is about finding her way back home by any means necessary, even if it means aligning herself with figures she never expected.

Daenerys Targaryen 
Circe by Madeline Miller
For the Mother of Dragons, we’ve selected Madeline Miller’s retelling of Circe. In Greek mythology, Circe is a sorceress briefly seen on the journey of Odysseus where she turns men into swine. Daughter of the sun god Helios, Circe is banished to a remote island where it was rumored that she was surrounded by beasts unseen anywhere else (does that include dragons?). Ultimately, Circe is the story of one woman’s rise from the ashes of exile who refuses to back down when men and gods stand in her way. Surely that’s something Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons can appreciate.

New at HCPL: wireless printing!

We are excited to announce that Harrison County Public Library now offers wireless printing! Send prints from home or work to print at any HCPL branch AND print wirelessly at all branches!

To send a wireless print job, visit

To print an email message or attachment, simply forward your email to:

Black and white printer:

Color printer:

You will receive a confirmation email that contains instructions on how to retrieve your printouts.

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