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ALA 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.

Notable Books of 2016

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. Their 100 Notable Books of 2016 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.

Goodreads Choice Awards

In November, Goodreads members voted for their favorite books from 2016 in 19 categories. Winners were selected on December 5th (The winner is listed first for each category). We have highlighted some of the categories in InfoSoup:

Fiction | Nonfiction

Visit godreads Choice Awards page to see all the categories and winners.

Issues with the New OverDrive Web Site

With the move to a new web site, numerous issues and problems have been reported. We are working with OverDrive to resolve them as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience. Here is a list of some, but not all of the reported problems:

  1. Titles capped at 14 days no longer have the patron notification that they are capped.
  2. There are widespread reports of slowness in loading the mobile site through the app, or it not loading at all (though loading directly through the browser seems to work fine).
  3. Getting out of the Teens and Kids e-reading rooms is difficult. A clearer way to get back to the main collection would be helpful. (FYI - The "Main Collection" can be found in the menu under Collections.
  4. iPhone users are reporting a message telling them to update to the most recent (Internet Explorer) browser.
  5. Kindle Fire users are unable to expand the menu on the mobile site.

Also, the new OverDrive site changed the way that the holds position is displayed when in My account.. Previously, it was reported as your "relative" position in line (your position divided by the number of copies in the collection). Now, it is your "definite" position (your position among all the holds, regardless of copies).


New OverDrive Site Coming November 7th

Users of Wisconsin's Digital Library will be happy to hear that a new, streamlined version of the OverDrive website is scheduled to go live November 7th. Finding and borrowing digital titles will be even easier. Learn more about the changes or visit the Wisconsin's Digital Library (web site or in your app) and click on the orange announcement with a link to try out the new site.

Current OverDrive apps will work with the new OverDrive web site. When the new web site goes live, there will be no need to download a new OverDrive app. OverDrive is, however, working on a new app that should be available after the holidays.

Most Anticipated Fiction - Fall 2016

Check out this selection of the most anticipated fiction books of fall 2016, as selected by Publishers Weekly. This list includes Fiction, Mystery/Thriller/Crime, and Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror titles. The complete list, including nonfiction titles can be found on the Publishers Weekly web site.