Upcoming Overdrive App Updates

Below is a summary of updates for our OverDrive digital library website that were released last August.
  • In the mobile view, search results filters will be relocated to the top of the page to improve the browsing experience.
  • Users will now see a red notification on their Account and Holds pages when they have a title on hold that is ready to be checked out.

Overdrive Awesome Hold Updates!

Suspend a Hold - This feature will allow you to temporarily suspend a hold in your waiting list. Your position will continue to advance in the queue while your hold is suspended, but the hold will not be filled. After the suspension ends, the title will continue to advance until the hold becomes available. If you advance to the first position in the waiting list while the hold is suspended, the system will skip ahead to fill the next available hold. Hold Auto-Checkout - At the time you place a hold, the option to ‘auto-checkout’ the title when it becomes available can be set. If you select this option you will receive a notification when your title is available confirming that it has been checked out and can be found on your account bookshelf. If you do not select this option, you will follow the current hold notification process. If you select this option but are unable to borrow the title at the time it becomes available (because you have already reached their maximum checkout limit, for example) you will be sent the current hold notification email and will have the full hold pickup period to make your checkout. Maturity Settings The ability to exclude certain content based on the maturity level (Juvenile, YA, General, Adult). This will allow adult users to exclude titles for younger readers and young readers to exclude adult-only titles from their experience. More information how to use this setting is available in this Help article: “Recommended for you” collection After a user signs in, a collection of recommended titles will appear on the homepage. Recommended titles will be available for checkout and suggested based on titles you currently have checked out or on hold. If a you don't have any checkouts or holds, this collection will not appear. “And” Boolean Searching Based on partner feedback to improve search results, default search behavior will change from “OR” to “AND.” Following this change, the number of results returned for a search will likely be lower than with the current behavior, but this change will meaningfully improve the relevancy of the results.  

Virtual Catalog Upgrade

SAILS will be part of the first group of networks/libraries to migrate to the new Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat). Listed below are some key dates:
  • June 30 – Last day to place requests in the Virtual Catalog
  • July - Requests will be submitted using traditional inter-library loan.
  • August – Commonwealth Catalog open for staff to place requests
  • September – Commonwealth Catalog open for patrons to place requests
Until you can place your own requests, you will need to fill out a form to have a staff member place the request on your behalf. The form is available at: The initial set of lending partners on ComCat will be Bridgewater State University, University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Old Colony Library Network, Fenway Libraries Online, and MetroBoston.

Fun in the Sun!

Your local libraries sponsor many events for all ages all summer long. So go ahead library hop and find the right program, at the right time, for the right age group at an area library. For more information on any program or to register please call the library hosting that event. Full details at:

Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards

Awards were chosen by children and teens through the Children’s Book Council. Read the full article of the process on CNN.

Here are some links to the winners, if you’d like to check them out at your library!

Book of the Year, kindergarten through second grade

Winner: “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


Alphabet Trucks” by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke

Chamelia and the New Kid in Class” by Ethan Long

Mustache Baby” by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang

Bear and Bee” by Sergio Ruzzier

Book of the Year, third through fourth grade

Winner: “Bugs in My Hair!” by David Shannon


Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball” by Charise Mericle Harper

Cougar: A Cat With Many Names” by Stephen Person

The Matchbox Diary” by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale” by Duncan Tonatiuh

Book of the Year, fifth through sixth grade

Winner: “National Geographic Kids Myths Busted!” by Emily Krieger, illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos


Hokey Pokey” by Jerry Spinelli

Prince Puggly of Spud” by Robert Paul Weston

Lawless” by Jeffrey Salane

Battling Boy” by Paul Pope

Book of the Year, teens

Winner: “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth


Clockwork Princess” by Cassandra Clare

Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

Smoke” by Ellen Hopkins

The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey

Illustrator of the Year

Winner: Grace Lee, “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace


Victoria Kann, “Emeraldalicious

Anna Dewdney, “Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

James Dean, “Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus

Oliver Jeffers, “The Day the Crayons Quit

Author of the Year

Winner: Rush Limbaugh, “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans”


Veronica Roth, “Allegiant

Rachel Renee Russell, “Dork Diaries 6: Tales From A Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker

Rick Riordan, “The House of Hades

Jeff Kinney, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

Massachusetts Book Award Winners!

The 14th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards were announced during the Massachusetts Library Association’s gala awards dinner at the DCU Center in Worcester May 6, 2014.

Fiction: News from Heaven, Jennifer Haigh (Harper)

Nonfiction: Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Poetry: Grass Whistle, Amy Dryansky (Salmon Poetry)

Children’s/Young Adult Literature: The First Drawing, Mordicai Gerstein (Little Brown)

What a commonwealth of books and reading!

Boston Marathon Resources

#BostonBetter: Boston Marathon Tragedy anniversary commemoration - The BostonBetter website is now a robust website where one can easily find information and inspiration as this anniversary fast approaches.  Our Marathon is an online memorial and archive of crowd-sourced stories, photos, video, and social media related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and its aftermath. They have collected more than 3,500 digital artifacts in the past six months but hope to collect many more. No story is too small for Our Marathon. They are currently working to reach communities across the Boston area to give people the opportunity to share their stories.

SAILS Library Network Participating in International Big Library Read Program

SAILS libraries are taking part in the Big Library Read program! Library card holders can now borrow and enjoy the cooking eBook “Keys to the Kitchen” by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp, starting today and concluding the morning of March 5th, by visiting

Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program, creating a virtual, global book club. “Keys to the Kitchen” may be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and Chronicle Books, publisher of Aida Mollenkamp’s all-purpose guide to becoming a more adventurous cook. To borrow the eBook version of “Keys to the Kitchen” as part of Big Library Read, patrons can visit