Entries by Discover Identity

Overdrive eBooks and Audiobooks are here!

Get started with using Overdrive on your device. Check their web page and look on the right side for the “Getting Started My Help!” section. Do you want to listen to audiobooks on your mp3 player? Do you have an eReader? (Kindle now does too) Do you want to read eBooks on your computer at […]

Library Books for your Kindle

A step by step guide Go to Missouri Libraries 2 Go website. Click on Kindle Books in the menu. Find your item, either through browsing the listed items, or by using Search (in advance settings, select Kindle Book in the Formats dropdown). If you wish only to see titles that are available for immediate checkout, […]

Put Your Items on Hold

You now have 2 options for placing your Holds. Log into your account. When you find something you want then Place Request. You will need to select the Pickup Library you want by hitting the down arrow on that line. JOPLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY is the normal Hold. You will come inside to pickup your Hold. […]

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

First graders huddled in a closet listening to the pop, pop, pop of gunfire in the hall is the stuff of nightmares. It is also the beginning of Rhiannon Navin’s novel Only Child. Navin’s first book is a heart-wrenching tale of trauma and loss told through the mind and heart of a child. Six-year-old Zach […]

The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

Recently, the Joplin Public Library Board allowed me to attend the Public Library Association’s conference. Held every two years, this is the largest conference that specializes in public libraries. It has well-known keynote speakers and a host of workshops, all geared to those who serve in public libraries. It’s a wonderful week, even when it’s […]

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

This is the story of Virgil, Valencia, Kaori, and Chet, and their journey to friendship. Erin Entrada Kelly’s 2018 Newbery Medal Winner has given a very important voice to diversity while at the same time disproving stereotypes. This character-driven novel reads like one of the fables, told by Virgil’s grandmother or Lola, interspersed throughout the […]

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman; As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden

Today’s featured titles come courtesy of the library’s High School Book Club.  At their last meeting, these awesome folks opted to read books which had been made into movies.  Their inspiration led me to a book which spawned a modern classic film then right to a book about the making of the film itself. Chances […]

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Writing about social justice issues can be difficult when the audience is composed of middle school students because of the complexity inherent in such discussions. RENEE WATSON’s “PIECING ME TOGETHER” addresses issues of race and social justice deftly and accurately while maintaining authenticity of character. The main character, Jade, is a poor, black teenager who […]