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  1. New to the Line-Up
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    The Horicon Public Library is pleased to announce another new source of eAudiobooks for your listening pleasure.  RBdigital, our current magazine provider, will also offer eAudiobooks to Monarch Library System patrons in addition to what is available in the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium.  You can easily navigate to this collection via our website at www.horicon.lib.wi.us and clicking on the Doggone Good scrolling banner.  To play the audiobooks, you’ll need to download the appropriate desktop or device app. Links to the apps are readily available at the bottom of the RBdigital Library page.  Still need a bit of guidance?  Give us a call at 920-485-3535.

    Happy Listening!

  1. Making Strides
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    One of the goals outlined in our newly approved Strategic Plan is to increase our digital circulation.  Since the inception of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium’s collection, state-wide use has exploded, but our library hasn’t seen a significant surge in the use of digital books or audiobooks; until this past year that is.  In 2018 our local digital book circulation increased 8.5%, and eaudiobooks spiked up a huge 65%.  We’re excited to learn more of our patrons are taking advantage of a uniquely Wisconsin offering.

    If you haven’t jumped onto the digital bandwagon yet, that’s okay.  We have plenty of print material coming into the library every other week to keep anyone’s reading bug satisfied.  But, if it’s just the technology holding you back, stop in and see us.  We can help you get connected with a smartphone, computer, or tablet.  The software and interfaces have improved making it much easier to get to the reading without all the hassle.

    Here’s what the Wisconsin Library Consortium has to say about their banner year.

    Wisconsin‘s Digital Library Surpasses 5 Million Checkouts in 2018

    Rakuten OverDrive announced today that Wisconsin’s Digital Library reached a record-breaking 5 million digital book checkouts in 2018. The library is provided by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium, a partnership of all 16 of the state’s library systems. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library digital lending of ebooks and audiobooks. Wisconsin’s Digital Library ranked first in circulation among all US OverDrive-based collections and second worldwide.

    The 450 Wisconsin public library members have been providing readers 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years. Reader interest and usage has grown every year.

    The highest-circulating title Wisconsin’s Digital Library readers borrowed through OverDrive in 2018 was Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. The top-circulating genre, romance, represents the most popular in a vast catalog that also includes mystery, historical fiction, and children/young adult.

    Readers in Wisconsin just need a valid library card to access digital books from the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium’s digital collection powered by OverDrive. Readers can use any major device, including Apple(R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (US only). Visit https://wplc.overdrive.com/ or download the Libby app to get started and borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.