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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SYNC Returning for Summer 2022

Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens 13+

Returning Spring 2022, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks each week. Titles are all available worldwide and change every Thursday at midnight Eastern Time during the season.

If you have teens who visit your library, feel free to share the information about the SYNC program with them. The Digital Resources Committee is not actively promoting SYNC. We are sharing this information in case you would like to share it directly with your customers.

**Even though the SYNC program runs on the Sora app, it is not connected to a teen’s school account so consequently it is not connected to the public library’s OverDrive collection.

Access Details

  • Titles are accessible in Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive.
    • Sora is available in your browser at soraapp.com, or as an app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
    • Each SYNC audiobook will be featured in Sora for a window of 7 days.
    • Titles are yours indefinitely once you “borrow” them during their 7-day availability window in Sora.

The SYNC program will only work with Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. You don’t need to be affiliated with a school to use Sora with the SYNC program.

First register for SYNC.

Then set up Sora.

How do I set up Sora? 

  1. Download Sora from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to soraapp.com in your browser.
    1. In Sora, tap I have a setup code (at the bottom of the screen).
    1. Enter this setup code: audiobooksync and tap Get Started!
    1. Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.
    1. Tap Explore (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles [SYNC 2022 starts April 28]

I already use Sora for school. How do I add SYNC titles? If you already use Sora, you’ll need to add the SYNC program’s library. Here are the steps:

  1. In Sora, open the menu (in the top-right corner).
    1. Select Add library.
    1. Search for audiobooksync and select the library from the results.
    1. Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.

For more details about the SYNC program, visit AudioFile’s SYNC FAQ Page

Staff can also attend the AudioFile & OverDrive Present: SYNC Audiobooks for Teens training on April 26, 2022. You can register for the training here.

~ Hilary Lewis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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NEW: hoopla BingePass

hoopla BingePass is a brand new experience that gives library patrons unlimited streaming of great online content for 7 days with just a single hoopla Instant borrow. 

BingePass is a new format on hoopla — patrons can browse it just like they would browse audiobooks, eBooks, movies, etc. They’ll find it with the “More” button in hoopla’s bottom navigation on a mobile device. (See app screenshot below.)

BingePass is launching with:

  • hoopla Magazines BingePass – patrons can access current issues of 50 popular and in-demand magazine titles with just one hoopla Instant borrow!
  • The Great Courses BingePass – patrons can complete a whole course from The Great Courses, or browse a variety of topics of interest, all with a single hoopla Instant borrow.
  • Curiosity Stream BingePass – patrons get access to thousands of documentaries and nonfiction series featuring many different topics, like science, history, technology, lifestyle, and more. Plus, there’s great children’s content!

Get the word out to your patrons today about the new hoopla BingePass format by using the marketing materials from hoopla.

And stay tuned because hoopla says there is more great BingePass content to be added in 2022!

-Richelle @ Sewickley Public Library

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Hoopla Holiday Collection Promotion

The thing about holiday collections in libraries is that for the one month of the year that they are featured, they are in such high-demand that our shelves clear out. (An excellent problem to have!) So how do we supplement our physical collections with available holiday content? Answer: hoopla!

Unlike other digital collections, hoopla materials are always available. When staff direct patrons to the resource, we can rest assured that the suggested title we recommend will be there. And fortunately, hoopla makes it even easier to recommend titles with curated holiday collections!

From Halloween to Christmas, hoopla supplies curated content to fit the needs and whims of library patrons of all ages. Not only does hoopla provide quality content in convenient collections, but they also offer marketing tools & social media assets to make it easy to promote to your patrons!

The holiday promo tools include flyers, social media images, and links to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas & holiday Bonus Borrows collections. There is even a link to examples of library social media posts to make your library’s promotions that much easier!

Find the links for posters, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter graphics next to each collection.
Go ahead and stick printed flyers out with your physical holiday collections to promote these always available collections!

I personally enjoy the digital catalog of holiday collections on hoopla. Brings me back to flipping through holiday store catalogs as a child and circling all of the toys I wanted, but now it’s all the books and movies I want to check out. It even links directly to the content in hoopla, making it a one-stop-shop! You can share the link to the catalog directly with your patrons in your social posts or on your website.


Need more promo ideas? Head to the hoopla resources page for additional marketing tools & assets. They provide a vast array of promo materials for any time of year. And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page because there is a ton of info there, too! I find the Quarter Assets to be especially helpful because they highlight timely themes (e.g. Cookbook Month in October, National Native American Heritage Month in November, etc.)

So when your holiday shelves are looking bare, know that the hoopla holiday collection is there for you & your patrons!

Richelle – Sewickley Public Library

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