Yom Kippur is coming

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, begins on October 3rd and ends at nightfall on October 4th. Yom Kippur is considered the most sacred holiday on the Jewish calendar and is observed by fasting, prayer and repentance. Learn more about this important observance on our page of links.

Rosh Hashanah is Here!

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins today at sunset. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year”. Unlike the secular New Year’s Day celebration on January 1st, Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. Learn more about Rosh Hashanah and find ideas for marking this holiday on our page of links.

Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15th – October 15th

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15th through October 15th. During this period “America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. September 15th was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.” (Source: U.S. Newswire)

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.

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