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OverDrive Update for iPad/iPhone: UPDATED

Important note for iPhone/iPad users: We are getting a number of reports of problems from iPad/iPhone OverDrive users who recently updated the OverDrive app to version 3.5.0. We are still waiting for more information from OverDrive. If you have not yet updated your OverDrive app, we recommend waiting. If you have updated the app, OverDrive has released a new update 3.5.1 on February 5th that has addressed some of the problems. To check your App version, open the app, go to the menu (tap menu icon or swipe right) and tap "About." If you are on an earlier version, wait to upgade. If you are on 3.5.0, try upgrading to 3.5.1. If you are having problems downloading titles, please contact your local library. We will post an update when we hear more from OverDrive.

New Update from OverDrive (2/12/2016): Here are some additional help articles from OverDrive regarding the i0S update. OverDrive is recommending that users deauthorize (then reauthorize) the app. More information and instructions below:

Book Award Winners

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. The oldest and best known of these awards are the Caldecott and Newbery Medal. Check out our Children's Book Awards page our Award Winning Books for Teens page for this years ALA winners and honor books.

New Look for Tumblebooks

Our popular TumbleBook library has a clean new look, new features, and some new content. The main collection of story books is now nicely organized by themes or categories. There is also a language learning section with a few dozen picture books in Spanish and French. Some of the TumbleBook content can be played on an iPad or tablet, but for the full collection still works best on a laptop or desktop with adobe flash player. From outside a library you will need to enter your library card number and PIN to access TumbleBooks.

Notable Books of 2015

The end of year is a great time for best of lists and best books of are one of the most popular. The New York Times is one of the more well known producers of just such a list. A few weeks ago they published their 100 Notable Books of 2015, which includes 50 Fiction titles and 50 Nonfiction titles. We have tagged these in InfoSoup to make them easy to find.

You can use the Refine by Format section to limit the display to books, ebooks, audiobooks, or large print.

Read On Wisconsin

Each month, Read On Wisconsin highlights a great selection of books for kids and teens. Use our Read On Wisconsin page to help you find these titles in InfoSoup, or visit the Read on Wisconsin web site to learn more about the program and the titles selected.

Outstanding Science Books K-12

Each year the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), in in cooperation with the Children's Book Council assembles a list of Outstanding Science Trade Books. Past lists can be found on their web site. See our booklist Outstanding Science Books K-12 for their most recent selections. These titles are also tagged in InfoSoup, so you can view all the titles directly in the catalog.

For more great science books for children, also see the Cooperative Children's Book Center's CCBC Choices 2015: Science, Technology, and the Natural World. CCBC Choices are also tagged in InfoSoup.

Readers of all ages can also check out our Science and Nature bookslist, whcih is updated a couple of times a month listing new and noteworthy titles recently added to InfoSoup.