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What All the Hoopla was about for our Patrons in 2020

30 Dec

Twenty-twenty has been an interesting year to say the least.  Our staff has recommended a variety of resources to help get through what was a tough time for most of us.  I wanted to end the year and take a look back at what our patrons have been enjoying during this unprecedented time by looking at the top check outs we have had in Hoopla. They included everything from a bestselling thriller The Last Flight to classics like Little Women.

Top ebooks for Adults
We ran a short story book discussion of stories from Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman throughout the early months of the pandemic on Discord.  We appreciated everyone who joined us for some great conversation and helped make the ebook the most checked out of 2020. 

Also popular this year with our patrons was The Alice Network, Keeper of Lost Things, and The Last Flight

The most popular digital audiobook was Unfu*k Yourself.

Top Children’s Books
When during the previous election our library held a Kid’s Pick for Story Book Characters for President there was no controversy, Pete the Cat won by a landslide.  And kids clearly would reelect him again this year, since the most popular kid’s book from Hoopla for 2020 was Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party by Kimberly and James Dean. 

Also popular were Dragons Love Tacos, How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow, Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Popular books for teens included Monday’s Not Coming, Little Women, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and Hunger Games.

Popular Television Shows
Mystery series are always an enjoyable distraction from what is going on in the world and in 2020 they saw lots of viewership. The most popular this year for patrons and also a staff favorite was Death in Paradise with the most popular episode being Season 1 Episode 6.  Also popular with our mystery loving fans were Mr. Mercedes, Queens of Mystery, My Life is Murder, and Agatha Raisin.

Kids enjoyed lots of cartoons including The Amazing World of Gumball, The Loud House, Bubble Guppies, and We Bare Bears.

Popular Movies
Popular movies tended to be comedies and romances this year.  The hilarious, What We Do in the Shadows, a mockumentary about vampire roommates took top spot. 

Other popular films were Love on the Rise, Sliding Doors, and The Joy Luck Club.

We hope in 2021 you continue to enjoy a variety of ebooks and streaming media from Hoopla and our other great eresources; our virtual library is there for you 24/7.  Happy New Year from all of our staff; we hope it will be a better one for you all!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

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

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