I’ve been feeling a little frustrated with my online library options. I have long used Overdrive for my online listening. I started doing that when we lived on the farm. At the time we were in the very south west corner of the county. Well we moved from the farm to the house in town. We moved only 3 or so miles. The move was enough to put us in the Northwest corner of the county below us. Thus we now live in a different county.
Well a month or so ago after me being so excited that the online library immediately added three audiobooks I was wanting, the library pulled my library card. I was so disappointed.
Well I called the library who had my card. No answer. Ugh. Coronavirus. So I dug around and found an email for them. I emailed and got a response the next day. They went through and “purged” the library system and withdrew my library card because I was no longer living in the county. My online library privileges are gone. All of the books I had on my waiting list that I have been waiting month for are gone. All of the books that I had requested are gone.
Worst part of that…I have no record of what the books were. I can’t get into the account to see the titles. It has all vanished.
I have a request in to the county library for another library card but to date, haven’t heard anything.
I do still have my Hoopla card….but that is only temporary too. UGH. Just as coronavirus hit, I was told my card was going to expire and I had to go there in person to renew it. Well my card is out of Manchester, Iowa library. The library is about an hour-ish away from me. I called. I said that I likely couldn’t get there soon. Was there any way they could extend my card. They said yes for a month. Well then the Iowa libraries all closed because of coronavirus.
Well the month is coming to a close and I’m wondering if I can get another extension or if I really do have to go there in person to renew the card. I’ll wait until I get a notice but seriously, I do think coronavirus is enough to bend the rule and extend my card for a year….so, I’ve been frustrated with my online libraries.
Sometime I wish I could just get all the books from Audible, but alas, I’m too frugal to do that.
It’s made finding free good audiobooks more of challenge but, I did manage to find a good book…It’s Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera.
I got this book through Hoopla and LOVED it. The story is about three different women all from a different social class- One is a society white woman, one a black housekeeper, one a poor white financially troubled woman. One would think they had little on common but the book shows that we all deal with trouble and that trouble comes to all of us in a different but similar way.
I loved the first person narrative. I loved the drive and spunk of all three of these amazing women who are fighting to make their way through life.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:“For readers and listeners of Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing and Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, this extraordinary historical debut novel follows three fierce Southern women in an unforgettable story of motherhood and womanhood.
It’s 1924 in Branchville, South Carolina, and three women have come to a crossroads. Gertrude, a mother of four, must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters. Retta, a first-generation freed slave, comes to Gertrude’s aid by watching her children, despite the gossip it causes in her community. Annie, the matriarch of the influential Coles family, offers Gertrude employment at her sewing circle, while facing problems of her own at home. These three women seemingly have nothing in common, yet as they unite to stand up to injustices that have long plagued the small town, they find strength in the bond that ties women together. Told in the pitch-perfect voices of Gertrude, Retta, and Annie, Call Your Daughter Home is an emotional, timeless story about the power of family, community, and ferocity of motherhood.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.6 stars. I agree. It’s really good and I highly recommend it. I think the book would make a great movie…at least one I’d like to watch.
You can find the book HERE on Amazon.