Reading While Sheltering in Place

Here are some e-books and e-audiobooks available at OPL and links to free online resources that are available to you while sheltering in place.

You may know that Hoopla offers movies, but it's also a great resource for books and the best part is that they're available any time. No holds, no waiting. In case you missed last week's post where OPL librarian Christy Thomas highlighted fiction titles available on Hoopla you can find it here.

If you're looking for books on managing stress and self care or books to help you get started on the creative projects you've been wanting to do you can also find those on Hoopla. I've listed a few to help you get started. Just download the free app and you're on your way.

Managing Stress & Self Care

A Book of Silence  Breathe Mama Breathe   Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On   Milk and Honey

A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland

Breathe Mama Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms by Shonda Moralis

Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry on: Twenty Lessons for Managing Worry, Axiety and Fear by Mark A. Reinecke

Milk and Honey by rupi kaur

You'll find many more e-books and audio books as you search through Hoopla, including those on meditation, yoga, tai chi and health and fitness.

Tap Into Your Creativity

How to Draw   Creative Watercolor   Find Your Artistic Voice

How to Draw by Ian Sidaway and Susie Hodge

Creative Watercolor by Ana Victoria Calderon    

Find Your Artistic Voice by Lisa Congdon

Many other titles are available including e-books on creative writing, journaling, and origami.

If you're looking for fiction titles Overdrive is another e-book and audio-book platform available with your OPL library card. Overdrive does have a limit on the number of titles that can be checked out so many of the popular titles have a hold list, but there is a variety of older titles that are currently available. You may have used Overdrive to check out e-books and audiobooks, but in case you haven't here are some tips to help you find books that are available now.

When searching in Overdrive, click on "subjects", choose your format (e-books, audiobooks, or videos) and then click on "see all." You can then limit the titles to what is available now and then further limit by subject. It's a good way to catch up on some older titles that you meant to read but never got around to. If you have any trouble navigating Overdrive or Hoopla, just send a message to or better yet, use our Book Me service and we'll create a reading list for you.

Free Resources Available Online

There are also many online resources that allow free access to stories and poetry. I'm finding it's sometimes difficult to concentrate on reading novels and longer works these days, but I love to listen to short stories and poetry. Here are some of my favorite online resources and podcasts.

Lavar Burton Reads
In this podcast Lavar Burton reads short stories by a variety of authors including by N.K Jemison, Michael Chabon and Ken Liu.

New Yorker: The Writer's Voice
Listen to New Yorker fiction writers read their own work in this podcast.

The Moth
Here you can find episodes of the Moth's radio hour and many other stories that were recorded over the past 20 years.

Poetry Center Archives at San Francisco State
The Poetry Center contains an online audio and video collection of poets reading their work from the 1950s to the present. You can listen to poets such as June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Nellie Wong and many, many more reading their work.


We need the library back as

We need the library back as an essential service. I worry about the Link+ books next to my bed that come from many counties away.
Many of your readers are still breathing....
I have never enjoyed poetry....

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