MoLib2Go exceeds 1M circulations

MoLib2Go today announced that they achieved a record-breaking one million digital book checkouts in 2019, a milestone for this library consortium consisting of Sikeston Public Library and other local libraries in the Missouri. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of ebooks and audiobooks along with the creative ways libraries have served their communities with digital services. MoLib2Go is one of 80 systems around the world – including stand alone libraries and consortia – that surpassed one million checkouts through Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform and its award-winning app Libby.

The Sikeston Public Library and other MoLib2Go libraries have been providing readers 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years. Reader interest and usage has grown every year, reflecting popular trends and interests both locally and across the country. In 2019, the highest-circulating title across both formats MoLib2Go readers borrowed through OverDrive was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. The top-circulating genre, romance, represents the most popular in a vast catalog that also includes mystery, western, fantasy, thriller, and children/young adult.

The top 5 ebook titles borrowed through MoLib2Go’s digital collection in 2019:
1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
2. Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
3. Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Fergusson
4. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
5. The Reckoning by John Grisham

Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of TIME’s Best Apps of 2018, Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with the popular digital collections of libraries. Readers may browse the library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. 

Readers living within the Sikeston Public Library district just need a valid library card to access digital books from MoLib2Go’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. Readers can use any major device, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ and Windows®. With Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” devices and apps. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

Visit the circulation desk to get your log-in credentials to get started and borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.

New lift installed for easier access

Our new platform lift is installed and ready for use! The new lift has 50% more weight capacity than the previous lift, and it also offers a much smoother ride.

We know the steps in the lobby can be intimidating for our patrons with mobility issues, so we encourage you to ride, not climb, into the library to see us.

Get your passport photos here!

Two passport booklets

Beginning January 15, 2019, the library has begun taking photographs for passport applications. The library is charging $10 per photograph taken.

Applicants for new passports can visit the library and have the photograph taken and printed while the application is being processed.

Even though the library is not allowed to process passport renewals, we will be happy to take your photographs for you.

MoLib2Go adds option for easier browsing

Borrow eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive

Sikeston Public Library, as a member of Missouri Libraries 2 Go (a consortium of Missouri public libraries), has digitized the concept of physical reading rooms by creating a specialized eReadingRoom of Always Available ebooks and audiobooks within their digital collection. With a library card, users of Missouri Libraries 2 Go member libraries can browse digital books sectioned off from the rest of the catalog with all searches filtered and dedicated to available items. Readers can find this on https://molib2go.overdrive.com/and on Libby,the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive.

Missouri Libraries 2 Go’s digital collection offers thousands of ebooks and audiobooks in a variety of genres for all ages. The eReading Room concept was born from the existence of physical spaces in libraries that are designed specifically for browsing. Since then, eReading Rooms have expanded to highlight materials with certain themes or formats and for select age levels. Within Libby, eReading Rooms are called “guides” while the library’s website refers to them as “collections”.

Readers may browse Missouri Libraries 2 Go’s digita collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ devices, Windows® tablets, and Kindle® [US libraries]. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

To explore the group’s eReading rooms of ebooks and audiobooks,visit https://molib2go.overdrive.com/ or download Libby today from Apple, Android andWindows app stores.

MissouriLibraries 2 Go is a consortium of public libraries in Missouri with similar interests and users that work together with OverDrive to create a shared collection that meets the needs of their users. Founded in 2009, this consortium consists of public libraries in Missouri that serve a population of less than 100,000 users. The group is managed and facilitated by Amigos Library Services, a non-profit, 501©3 member-based organization, serving libraries and library related associations and organizations.

Library marks one year of passport acceptance

During the month of April, the Sikeston Public Library marked its one-year anniversary as a passport acceptance facility.

 

“The response has been amazing,” said Ron Eifert, library director and one of the passport acceptance agents, “so much more than we ever expected.”

 

The initial idea to become a passport acceptance facility came from a neighboring library which had achieved great success with the service.  After three months of training and testing during the first three months of 2017, the library was certified as a passport acceptance facility and processed its first passport in late April 2017.

 

Since its certification, the library has processed almost 200 applications for passports over the past 12 months.

 

When the library first started processing passports, the staff saw it as a service for the Sikeston community. They quickly realized that the appeal was much wider. “We have processed passports for residents of five or six surrounding counties,” Eifert said.  “So many people from around the area work in Sikeston, or attend school here, and they find it easier to complete the application process here than anywhere else.”

 

“It’s been interesting, listening to the stories people tell about the travel plans,” Eifert said. “We have helped people prepare for mission trips and family trips. It’s been fun to help people apply for a passport so that they can go on a trip that was a gift or a prize.”

 

Libraries have begun the transition from books-only facilities, to facilities where programming and other services are available. “Passport acceptance is part of our efforts to keep the library vital to the people in our community,” Eifert said. “It has been satisfying for us to know that we have helped people with this service, and to hear them say that the process was a lot less difficult than they expected.”

 

There are two passport acceptance agents at the library, and the service is available for 33 hours each week. Acceptance times are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am-noon and 1-5 pm; Tuesday, 10 am-noon and 1-7:30 pm; and Friday, 10 am-noon and 1-5:30 pm. The library usually has one weekend a month where a passport acceptance agent is available. Additional hours are available by appointment.

 

For more information about the passport acceptance process, please call the library at 471-4140, or visit the library’s website at sikeston.lib.mo.us. For application forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information at travel.state.gov.

Introducing LIBBY — a new way to manage your electronic items

For our e-book readers…there’s a new and improved way to browse, check out, and read e-books through MoLib2Go. Libby is a more user-friendly app that has just been made available to the general public. We at the library have been testing the app in its beta stages for weeks; we really enjoy using it, and hope that you will too!

Libby is available in the app stores for Apple, Google and Microsoft. Try it for yourself, and let us know if we can help you with setup or any questions you might have.

Free access to digital storybooks added!

Thousands of children across Missouri are enjoying access to Tumble Books, and now you can too!

With your library card number, you can log into Tumble Books from home and read early literacy favorites that are narrated for your child’s enjoyment.

If you don’t have your library card number, visit the circulation desk at the library, and we can get you set up!

Click on this link — http://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/autologin.aspx?userid=dTSrLsHCpeCIG0zj5ohdVQ%3d%3d — below to start enjoying Tumble Books in your home!

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