Meet Libby the new OverDrive app

We are pleased to introduce you to the latest member of the OverDrive family, Libby. Libby is a brand new, easy to use app for OverDrive eBooks and eAudioBooks.
Get Libby for Android, iOS and Windows.

Libby isn’t replacing the OverDrive app, so if you’re a current user of the OverDrive app you can keep on using it. But if you are a new user — or a current OverDrive app user interested in a new reading experience — give Libby a try.

Get help with the Libby app [PDF]

Recent eAudiobooks for kids and teens from BorrowBox

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150冊の日本の電子書籍がOverdriveに加わりました

こんにちわ!

Christchurch City Libraries は、この度150冊の日本の電子書籍を購入しました。

Japanese on OverDrive

新しく加わったタイトルには、今まで図書館では置いてなかった日本の近現代文学を中心に、料理本、Dr. Prakash Dheeriya のFinance for Kidsシリーズなどが含まれています。

また、日本語が母国語ではない子供向けの日本語の教材も加わりました(もしお知り合いのお子さんで日本語を学びたい方がいましたら是非教えてあげてください)。これらは今までの図書館の本のコレクションにはなかったものですので、皆さんが活用してくれると大変嬉しく思います!

Overdriveで日本語の本をお探しの場合は、advanced searchからLanguageをJapaneseに選択してください。iPadやタブレットコンピューターなどをお持ちの方は、専用のOverdrive Appをインストールすればこれらの電子書籍を直接ダウンロードできます。電子書籍リーダーの場合は、パソコンにダウンロードしてそこから専用端末にデータを移すことができます(詳しくはこちら)。また、Overdriveを使うにはパスワードが必要です。

Overdriveへのアクセス、電子書籍のダウンロード、図書館のメンバーシップの更新、パスワードの設定など、問題がございましたら何でもお手伝いさせていただきます。直接最寄の図書館へお越しいただくか、電話でお問い合わせください。

OverDrive has gone all multilingual!

One of our busiest and most popular eResources is OverDrive, an eBook and eAudiobook service that lets you download your favourite titles for free. Recently in recognition of the variety of people we have in our fair city of Christchurch we have added a number of titles in other languages. So far there are a number of eBook titles in Chinese, Korean and Tagalog.

These eBooks are for grownups as well as children and cover both fiction and nonfiction titles. What we need to do now is to spread the word about their existence. So if you speak – or are learning – any of these languages then do take the time to explore these eBooks. If you know of people that speak these languages, then please tell them about this fantastic resource. As a library, word of mouth is one of our most important tools to make sure everyone is aware of the many services we offer to those who are not native English speakers.

Read Jo’s post in Korean about the Korean eBooks.

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Stig @ the Library comes to Christchurch

Kids at Queenspark School were super lucky to get visit from a rock star this week. Stig Wemyss, one of the most popular narrators of audio books for kids, visited the school as part of his ‘Stig at the Library’ NZ tour.

Stig Wemyss is an actor, writer and the voice behind heaps of children’s audio books.  If you have borrowed kid’s audiobooks from the library before you’re almost certain to have heard him read you a story that had you laughing out loud. He has narrated stories by the funniest authors around, including Paul Jennings and Andy Griffiths.

Stig Wemyss at Queenspark School
Stig Wemyss at Queenspark School

According to Stig, narrators are the ‘rock stars of kids books,’ and he certainly showed us why. He treated the kids of Queenspark School to an hour of silliness and laughter.  He showed us what it takes to be a narrator and got heaps of the kids up the front with him to try his audition techniques.

He read one of Andy Griffith’s short stories from his book Just Stupid and had everyone engrossed in the story. It is no wonder that Stig is so popular because he is a natural performer who brings Andy Griffiths’ and Paul Jennings’ crazy, silly, hilarious stories to life.

Stig has been touring NZ to promote Borrow Box, a great new eResource that libraries around the country, including Christchurch City Libraries, now have available for customers.

Borrow box logoWith Borrow Box you can borrow and download eAudiobooks to your computer or mobile device whenever you like, wherever you like. There are heaps of eAudiobooks to choose from, including books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, Jacqueline Wilson, Enid Blyton, Morris Gleitzman and Jackie French.

Check out Borrow Box now and download an eAudiobook read by Stig Wemyss.  I guarantee it will have you laughing out loud.

The hills are alive with the sound of BorrowBox!

This world we live in is full of noise. Most of that noise is jarring to the nerves and battering to the soul. Now you can escape all that clamour and disappear into the aural bliss of your favourite book. Let me introduce to you BorrowBox – your next escape plan from the reality of the world’s woes. It is an eAudiobook platform that allows you to download some of the world leading titles to your MP3 compatible mobile device (which is most of them) or computer. Just have a looksy at these titles…

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Above is just a brief taste of the hundreds of titles that can be downloaded from BorrowBox. Have a play and download one of these titles today for your own enjoyment. You may not be an audio convert yet – but the ease in which you can use this service may bring you into the fold!

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