Labor Day

Labor Day is a federal holiday, observed on the first Monday in September. It celebrates the role of the American worker. For many people, this three-day weekend also marks the end of the summer season, even though summer doesn’t officially end until a few weeks later. This year Labor Day falls on September 1. See our page of links to learn more about this holiday.

New Holds Management Options for OverDrive

New Holds OptionsHave you ever been on the holds list for an ebook or audiobook from NOBLE OverDrive Collection, only to lose out because you miss the e-mail message telling you it’s ready, or because it becomes available at a time when you’re just too busy to read it? Here are two new features that we hope will help!

AUTOMATIC CHECKOUT: Now whenever you place a hold, you can set it to check out to your account automatically. You’ll still get e-mail notification, but even if you miss it, the title will be checked out to your account. (If you already have the maximum number of titles checked out, you’ll just get the e-mail message as you do now.)

Step by Step Instructions: How automatic borrowing works for titles you have on hold

SUSPEND HOLDS: If you have a lot of books on hold and you know you’re going to be away or too busy to read them for a while, you can suspend the hold for a time period between 7 and 90 days. Your name will still move up the list, but when it gets to the top the system will skip you until you reactivate your hold.

Step by Step Instructions: How to suspend a hold

These features are available for holds that you’re waiting for now as well as new ones — just select one of your holds and you choose the options dropdown to turn on the automatic checkout option or to suspend holds.

Bastille Day is July 14th

On July 14, 1789, the people of Paris rose up and marched on the Bastille, a state prison that symbolized the absolutism of the French monarchy. The storming of the Bastille symbolizes liberty, democracy and the struggle against oppression. Learn more about this historic event on our page of links.

Celebrate July 4th

The Fourth of July is celebrated as Independence Day, in honor of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It is considered to be the birthday of the United States of America, and is celebrated with parades, fireworks, speeches, patriotic music and the American flag. Find ideas for celebrating Independence Day on our page of links.

Ramadan is coming

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, the time of year when it is believed that the Holy Quran was received by the Prophet Muhammad. The month is marked by fasting during the daylight hours, and prayer and studying of the Quran. When the fast ends on the first day of the month of Shawwal, it is celebrated for three days in a joyous holiday called Id-al-Fitr, the Feast of Fast Breaking.  Find out more about this important observance on our page of links.

Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. June 19th was chosen because it was on this day in 1865 “that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.” General Granger read aloud General Order No.3 which stated, “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

Celebrations of Juneteenth waned during much of the twentieth century, but there was a resurgence of interest beginning in the 1980s’s. Juneteenth is now an official state holiday or observance in 39 states.

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