Tag Archives: eBooks

Overdrive – New Reading History Feature

Exciting News for Overdrive Users!
Overdrive now has a Reading History feature. When you borrow an item it will be automatically added to your history. You can also add titles manually. All the instructions are on their help page here: http://bit.ly/2g7O3XJ

Overdrive History Feature


Big Library Read is Back Again

The #biglibraryread is on again. From October 12th to 26th there are unlimited copies of the eBook The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti available for you to borrow through Overdrive at https://sapln.overdrive.com/

Big Library Read October 2017

How Does That Work? Tech Savvy 1on1 Help Sessions

So this week, by popular demand, we’ve relaunched our Tech Savvy 1on1 Help Sessions.  That’s excellent you say! So what are they and how do they work?
Well, have you been wanting to understand your device better?  Maybe you’d like to check out some of the eBooks and eAudiobooks that the library has available, but are unsure of the process?  That’s where we come in.  Every fortnight for eight weeks from Wednesday the 27th September, we will have three sessions available for our customers to book in to at the Evanston Gardens Library.  You will need your device/s, your app store login details and your library membership details, then we’ve got forty minutes to go through your queries!
Previous attendees have said they love the atmosphere in the library, the staff are patient, friendly and explain things clearly when going through the different processes. One lady had the Facebook app downloaded onto her tablet, but did not know how to post to create the conversations she saw happening among her family and friends.  We went through the process and what each part meant, culminating in a library selfie and her first Facebook post! That illustrates the reason these sessions exist.  We have heard from many community members and library customers that they want to participate in the digital world around them but lack the confidence and knowledge to progress with their devices.  
We hope to assist our attendees with; basic tablet and smartphone skills; accessing the library’s eCollection; understanding the security measures of your device; learning the steps to update your device’s operating system and using the WiFi.  
If any of these topics sound like something you’d be interested in, please give our library staff a call and book into one of the available sessions.  We have 12 forty minute sessions available on Wednesdays (27 September, 11 & 25 October and 08 November) at the Evanston Gardens Branch Library at 9:15am, 10:00am and 10:45am.  We’re looking forward to helping you get more out of your devices and the digital world around us.


Overdrive – Together We Read

The next free eBook title in Overdrive’s Together We Read is Once Lost by Ber Carroll, available today until September 21st.
Summary: Louise and Emma are best friends who grew up together in Dublin. Louise now has a new life thousands of miles away in Sydney and longs to find her mother who walked out on her as a child.While Emma, still living in Dublin, deals with her ex-partner, Jamie and the risk of losing Isla, her young daughter.
So where is Louise’s mother? Will Emma ever be free of her ex? Both women frantically search for answers, but when the truth finally emerges it is more shattering than they had ever expected.
Available here: https://sapln.overdrive.com/
Big Library Read September 2017

What’s Your Dewey? 690’s Home Maintenance – D.I.Y. or P.I.O.?

Finally! You’re in your own home, off the rental treadmill and looking forward to relaxing in an environment of your own making… well, almost. There are just a few little ‘tweaks’ to make before it becomes ‘just perfect’. You haven’t actually got the funds to get someone in to do it – but how hard can it be to paint a bathroom ceiling, replace a damaged skirting, glue down the carpet – oh! and unstick that window? Only problem is, you don’t quite know where to start.

The 690’s is the place and the Complete do-it-yourself : an essential guide to painting, papering, tiling, flooring, woodwork, shelves and storage, home repairs, home insulation, outdoor projects and outdoor repairs edited by John McGowan (it’s a mouthful!) is likely to set you on a sound D.I.Y. footing.

A practical guide to many indoor and outdoor home decoration and maintenance projects, topics include painting, woodwork, flooring and tiling, insulating, decking and outdoor water features. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by over 2000 photographs, tooling information and project safety guides. An excellent resource for even the most timid of DI.Yers.

If a complete reference guide is too daunting in itself, then well-established do-it-yourself expert David Holloway’s offering of Home Repairs may prove more accessible. This title details a range of every day home maintenance projects and includes filling cracks, replacing tiles and patching carpets. Holloway also outlines the necessities for a basic toolkit with information on common items such as fixtures, fillers and adhesives

For many, getting right back to basics is a priority, not only doing the repairs themselves but also creating cleaning products and constructing money-saving household features.

The Home Book from Murdoch books is a back to basics book with invaluable tips on the simple, ongoing home maintenance tasks in every household, from cleaning to composting. Handy tips address typical issues such as yellowing linen, rising damp, noisy pipes and stain removal. Ideas for reducing electricity costs and establishing a kitchen garden are also included. The Home Book is available in print and eBook format, and all of the above titles can be reserved here: Home maintenance


Increasingly people are moving toward environmentally friendly and sustainable practices, and tool-industry leader Black&Decker has demonstrated this is not only possible with home maintenance, it is easy and relatively inexpensive. The complete guide to the green home : the good citizen’s guide to Earth-friendly remodeling & home maintenance by Philip Schmidt presents manageable home-care projects from remodeling to landscaping and promotes consumer-friendly  sustainable products, efficient energy use and reduced toxicity.


The adage ‘Prevention is better than cure’ can easily be applied to home maintenance, particularly if your new or recently remodeled home has few issues to compromise your enjoyment of ownership. Fix it before it breaks : seasonal checklist guide to home maintenance by Terry Kennedy provides  a checklist system for home owners to create a simple, ongoing  preventative maintenance program to forestall major future repairs. The checklist takes homeowners through all aspects of home care, from building site to construction and fittings, when to do-it-yourself or call in an expert. The Checklist also gives advice on what to look for when assessing work done by repairers and steps readers through developing a Personal Home Maintenance Plan. You can have a quick peek here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Sometimes it’s the little things, the barely referenced tips and hints that make the difference between the place you live in feeling like a house or a home. Brilliant home tips and tricks not only presents readers with many easy home maintenance and repair instructions but also provides a wealth of information from home-care professionals and folk wisdom. Topics of particular interest not covered in other titles include de-cluttering, sewing, time-saving measures and alternate uses for everyday objects.

Armed with a multitude of choices for titles on general maintenance, major repairs, remodeling, ongoing home care and when to call in an expert, the 690’s will guide you through the best way to enjoy your home – from the specific to the eclectic. D.I.Y. or P.I.O.? Personally, I tend to D.I.Myself!

Nola Cavallaro