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September 18 is Read an Ebook Day and HPL has a Smorgasbord of Choices Just Waiting for You!

18 Sep

If you have never checked out an ebook before, now is the perfect time with the help of the Hoboken Public Library!

Hoboken residents have access to two collections of ebooks and digital audiobooks from Overdrive, eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS.  Both are packed with great choices.  For many devices you can use the new user friendly Libby App, or the still supported older Overdrive App; both allow you to easily switch between both the eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS collections.  Overdrive also exclusively provides to libraries Kindle formatted ebooks for those who have Kindle ereaders or prefer to use the Kindle App. Both services allow you to check out 5 books at a time, eLibraryNJ for up to 3 weeks and eBCCLS for up to 2 weeks.

Other than these services, Hoboken Residents can also get a variety of ebooks including graphic novels and digital audiobooks along with media items from Hoopla.  Hoopla allows 10 checkouts per month for our patrons and has the added bonus of never having any holds on materials so there is never a wait for any of their items!

If you don’t have a smart phone or ereader of your own to read an eBook on – and are a Hoboken Resident Card Holder – then consider stopping in to borrow a Kindle or iPad which feature a selection of best sellers as well as books featured for all of the library’s book discussions.  We have several different models including Kindle Fires, Kindle Paperwhites, and Kindle Voyage. Some patrons like to check out different models of devices to compare before considering their own purchase.

Our iPads also feature all our Apps for our library ebook and media services so you can access those items as well when you set up an account with the services.  Also, our iPad minis feature foreign language and travel books.

One of the great advantages of eBooks is that you can adjust the size of the font so any book can be a large print book for those with sight issues. Plus ereaders can fit 100s of books with less weight than your average hard cover making them perfect for when you are on the go.  Have a book to recommend for inclusion on the ereaders? Let us know!

If you need help getting started with using ebooks just email reference @ hoboken.bccls.org for assistance and more information. Go Check Out an ebook today!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

Delicious Digital Memoirs for you to Download

16 Mar

Hoboken Library Patrons have a banquet of eBook choices to sample thanks to eLibraryNJ, Cloud Library, and Hoopla. Here are three foodie memoirs with recipes I devoured recently. Let us know in the comments what some of your favorite books from the eBook services are.

Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti

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Voracious is based on Cara Nicoletti’s popular blog Yummy Books. Both feature recipes that corresponded with a variety of books that she loved (or occasionally hated). The memoir is broken into three sections: Childhood, Adolescent and College Years, and Adulthood.  Some entries focus more on her connection to the food and others to the books. She goes from breakfast sausage and Little House in the Big Woods to Wine-Braised Leg of Lamb with Wild Mushrooms in honor of The Secret History. She even has a fava bean dish for Silence of the Lambs. I think it would be interesting to see someday if she were to write a follow up about what her books/recipes would be for the period of Middle Age and Senior Years. Nicoletti currently works as a butcher, following in the footsteps of her grandfather who owned a butcher shop. This informs her picks for dishes which often have a head-to-tail sensibility that embraces the use of lard and other bits we often shy away from today. Her background as a former pastry chef is also seen in scrumptious sounding desserts. Two dishes I’d be most interested in baking myself are her Goat Cheese Pumpkin Pie and Blackberry Hazelnut Coffee Cake. Hoboken and other BCCLS patrons can borrow this book from Cloud Library! BCCLS will be incorporating their eBCCLS service into Cloud Library in upcoming months so now is the ideal time to check it out, if you haven’t before.

Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm by Molly Yeh

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Molly on the Range’s title is slightly misleading in that it does not just cover Yeh’s life on sugar beet farm on the North Dakota/Minnesota border, but also her time studying classical music at Julliard and her childhood in a Chicago suburb. This, however, added rather than subtracted from my enjoyment of the book since it was interesting to see her maturing and the contrast of her rural versus city life. Many of the recipes reflect Molly’s Jewish and Chinese heritage as well as including vegan and gluten free recipes reflecting the dietary preferences of her husband and in-laws. Molly on the Range is available to Hoboken and other BCCLS patrons from Hoopla. Although Hoopla does not have as large a selection of bestsellers as the other two services, it has the great feature of never having to wait for holds and it has a substantial selection of digital audiobooks. I recommend reading it on a device with a larger screen if possible since you will want to enjoy the lovely photographs and fun drawings accompanying the recipes. Yeh also authors the award-winning blog My Name is Yeh.

Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen by Edward Lee

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Since I practically have an addiction to kimchi and am also a fan of southern cuisine I was excited to check out Edward Lee’s memoir/cookbook. Edward was raised by Korean immigrants in Brooklyn, but found a home in Louisville, Kentucky, where he took over the culinary destination 610 Magnolia. Edward’s a multiple James Beard Award nominee so as you might imagine his recipes are culinary masterpieces. Though one suggestion he has for aging meat in a second fridge may seem daunting to many home chefs, he frequently gives alternatives to some of the trickier techniques. His multicultural dishes include things like Chicken-Fried Pork Steak with Ramen Crust, Collards and Kimchi, Braised Beef Kalbi with Grits, and Miso-Smothered Chicken. Besides the fascinating dishes, I found his keen wit and insight about his life’s journey highly enjoyable. Smoke and Pickles is available on Hoopla and eLibraryNJ. eLibraryNJ is a great choice for Kindle users since unlike the other two services, users can check out books in Kindle format, as well EPUB which is compatible with most tablets.

Need help with checking out these eBooks? Stop by the Reference Desk, or come to our OpenTech Times on Mondays from 1 PM to 3 PM!

-Written by Aimee Harris, Head of Reference

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