Original OverDrive App Update

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As you have probably heard, the original OverDrive app is being discontinued to help libraries welcome more users to Libby. The goal is to simplify how libraries promote digital collections, train staff, and support users.

OverDrive recently shared an update regarding the status of the original OverDrive app (which was officially removed from app stores last February).

Upcoming steps from OverDrive

  • OverDrive plans to fully discontinue the OverDrive app in early 2023. In the meantime, library staff are being asked to actively encourage OverDrive app users to switch to Libby.
  • Starting the week of July 25, the following message will be displayed to users in the OverDrive app:
In early 2023, the OverDrive app will be discontinued. Upgrade to Libby today. In Libby, you'll find the same great titles from your library, in a beautiful, modern, easy-to-use app. Your loans, holds, and wish list items will be waiting for you in Libby. Have a Kindle Fire tablet? Learn how to install Libby.

Later this year, this in-app message will be updated to remind users about this change. Libraries will receive advance notice and more information ahead of this update.

But What About Fire Tablet Users?

Great question! While Amazon has not yet accepted OverDrive’s submission of the Libby app to the Amazon Appstore, Kindle Fire users can now download the app onto their device manually. This work-around is supported on Fire tablets running Fire OS 5 and up.

Fire tablet users who do not wish to install the app manually can also use LibbyApp.com. This browser-based version functions almost exactly like the Libby app.

Additional Resources

OverDrive encourages library staff to use the following resources to help your library and users through this transition:

For library staff:

For users:

-Richelle Klug @ Sewickley Public Library

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Career Resources

Lots of people are on the hunt for new jobs or looking to expand their career horizons – well your local libraries are here to help! Here are some great resources to help you gain some new skills for a new job, polish your resume, or get some job hunting help.

The first place to start may be here – the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Occupational Outlook Handbook has a wealth of helpful information for those looking into starting in a new field or just brushing up on what the job market in certain fields looks like. You can do a deep dive into what type of duties a job entails, what the pay rate is, and what the outlook for that job looks like into the future. This website is provided by the U.S. government.

Now that you know what your prospects, duties, and requirements are needed in your new field you may want to begin brushing up on some old skills you may need again or gain some new ones. This is where Udemy can help! Udemy has almost 2,000 courses (including classes in 8 different languages in case you will need to travel for your new job). If you need to learn something new Udemy can help you reach those new learning skills.

You have studied up on your new job and you have actually studied up on the new skills you may need – now it is time to brush up that resume! Tutor.com is here to help! You may think “I don’t need a tutor!” but Tutor.com doesn’t just provide tutors for school age students they also offer resume help for everyone. You can book an appointment, upload your current resume, and sit back and wait for a dedicated tutor to send you some personalized notes to help you really make your resume shine! This is a brilliant service that can really make a difference on getting that interview for that dream job – make use of this excellent service.

If you need some assistance working through the entire job hunting and resume process you may want to get in contact with PA CareerLink. They can assist you at many different points throughout your new job journey so taking a look at their site to see all the services they offer is a good start to this new job process as well.

No matter where you are in the process of getting a new job don’t hesitate to reach out to your local library so that they can help connect you to a myriad of resources to help you get that dream job!

-Adrianne

Northland Public Library

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Big and Small Engines

Don’t let engine troubles get in the way of your summer plans! Maybe you want the best lawn on the block and need to repair your lawn mower. Or maybe you want to spend your days on the rivers, relaxing on your boat and riding your jet skis. Or maybe you need to keep your generator in tip-top shape for the next summer thunderstorm.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center is a great start to find guides on maintenance and repairs on all your small engines.


Summer also means road trips for many. Keep up with your vehicle’s maintenance and repairs with Auto Repair Source. They make it easy to find the information for your car without any guesswork. When your mechanic says you need repairs or when it’s time for your 100,000 mile scheduled maintenance, you’ll sound as cool as the Fonz because you did your research with Auto Repair Source.

Happy (Summer) Days!

Leigha Lamont @ Wilkinsburg Public Library & Eastridge Branch

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Learn a new language with Mango Languages!

Learn anything from Cantonese to Ukrainian to Shakespearean English with this digital resource. Mango Languages offers multi-level courses for children and adults with visual and auditory elements. Some languages feature specialty units such as Spanish for Business or Japanese Mimetic Words.

list of languages
list of specialty units

Mango also offers a free app so that you can learn on the go! The program will keep track of your progress so that you can pick up right where you left off.  

Happy learning! 

-Erin Weaver, Bridgeville Public Library 

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