Overdrive is an online service to which the school subscribes. It allows students (and parents) to “check out” e-books and audiobooks, and it’s completely free! It’s also a great way to help your kids read all summer long—there are books available for all ages, from pre-school to adult! Overdrive e-books and audiobooks can be accessed via a computer, tablet, smartphone, or other devices that have internet access. You can read or listen through your browser, or you can download the book onto your device and read or listen even when you don’t have internet access. All materials are automatically “returned” on the due date, so you never have to worry about an overdue book, and you can check out up to six items at once.
Getting started is easy. Just go to nebraska.lib.overdrive.com, and click on “Sign In” in the upper right hand corner of the page. This will take you to a page with a drop-down list; select “Hemingford Public Schools” and click “Go.” The next page will ask for a “Library Card Number” and a “PIN.” Your student’s library card number is the same number he or she types in after getting a hot lunch at school to indicate that he or she went through the lunch line. The PIN is “muggles” and is the same for everyone. If your student does not know his/her lunch number, please contact the school and we can get that information to you. An Overdrive app is also available for smartphones and tablets (submitting login information on the app is essentially identical to the process described above).
Overdrive is a great resource that can be used by everyone in your family. Studies show that reading during the summer is a great way to help kids maintain their academic skills even when they are not in school. Overdrive has thousands of of e-books and audiobooks that are just waiting to be explored—it’s like having a library inside your phone, tablet, or computer!