Library eBooks: FAQs

More people are downloading ebooks from KRL than ever before!  Want to join in? Here are the 4 most frequently asked questions we get at the library:

1. How do I get started?

OverDrive, the distributor who enables downloading from the library, has put together a variety of articles to help you get started.  First, go to:

Then, hover your mouse over ‘Devices’ and click on the icon that matches your device.

OverDrive help

OverDrive help

2. How do I return titles?

How to return earlyIf you’ve checked out the title but haven’t downloaded it yet, you can return it from your OverDrive account Bookshelf.

This article that explains how the Return Title button works, how to return titles you’ve downloaded to a computer or device, and some exceptions to the rules.

3. How do I renew titles?

How to Renew72 hours before the loan period ends a renew button will appear beside the title in your OverDrive account Bookshelf.  This article explains how the Renew button works and what happens if another person has a hold on the title.


4. Can someone show me how to download on my device?

Yes!  Many branches have volunteer technology trainers who are available to answer your questions.  There may even be a downloading class!  Go to the library’s computer & technology event page, found at our website under Programs & Events.

Still have questions?

Please contact us via phone, email, or live chat.


Getting organized for Peace of Mind?

Though it may seem unlikely, a book on getting organized has recently made a big splash on the New York Times Bestseller List.

magic-tidyThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo promises more than an organized house however. In fact, there is a growing list of books that promise greater peace and happiness though organization. Speaking as one who struggles with this problem herself, I can understand the appeal. Though the digital world promised we would go paperless, we seem more overwhelmed by paper than ever. If you find it hard to cope, Kondo’s book exhibits a new and different approach to this problem.

clear the clutterClear the Clutter, Find Happiness by Donna Smallin is another take on finding ways to save time, clear the clutter and gain time to have fun doing other things besides cleaning. This book promises to teach you quick routines that will help keep your spaces clean and clutter-free while introducing order and serenity to your life.

listful thinkingListful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed by Paula Rizzo is an organizational trick that I do find myself doing. I don’t use lists every day but I do use them when planning something major like a new project or a trip. If you haven’t tried list-making take a look at this book for inspiration. It may not give you your life back but it’s sure to help you save time, be more organized and reduce stress.

Click here to view a list of other additional helpful titles.


Cooking up Fun with Kitsap Regional Library’s Cookbook Collection

I will be the first to admit that February is not my favorite month.  Quite often February features challenging weather (rain and/or snow) which in turn makes me feel like spring will NEVER arrive.
Fortunately, all that bad weather inspires me to do two of my favorite things: One of these is reading (no surprise there, right?) and the other is cooking.

Although I have a sizeable collection of my own cookbooks (and access to wonderful online recipe collections like Epicurious) I know that I can always find inspiration, good advice, appealing photos and excellent recipes in my library’s HUGE cookbook collection.

KRL’s cookbooks contain recipes that will appeal to everyone from the raw food enthusiast to the carnivorous grill master(and everyone one in-between). Need a gluten-free cookie recipe that will wow your PTSA board? The library has it. What about a pancake recipe for your special family breakfast? The library has it. Need a special dessert recipe that will delight your partner? The library has it.

However, you may NOT know that our cookbook collection features cookbooks that are aimed at both children and teens. Two of my favorites for children are Emeril Lagasse’s There’s a Chef in my Soup and the Multicultural Cookbook for Students by Lois Webb.

Emeril lagasse Multicultural cookbook

Both books feature recipes which school-age children can easily re-create. Because let’s face it, you (and I) don’t want your children to grow up and eat cold cereal for dinner every night because they can’t cook.

Offerings for teens include the wonderful Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat by Megan Carle in addition to more specialized The Vegan Teen Cookbook: easy vegan meals from what’s already in your kitchen by Cathy Hutchison and Teens Cook Dessert also by Carle. So don’t let February get you down. Cook!

teens cook  vegan teen cookbook teens cook dessert

Books on Tap!

What do you get when you cross books, trivia, and great food and drinks? Books on Tap: a literary trivia night!  This March the popular event that’s been going strong at Bainbridge’s  Treehouse Cafe (next on March 4th) will be starting in two new locations: at Whiskey Gulch Coffee Co.  in Port Orchard on March 3rd and at Der Blokken Brewery in Bremerton on March 16th .

books on tapHere’s how it works:  We do four rounds, 10 questions per round, two literary rounds, one local history and one movie round. One point per correct answer, ½ point if you make us laugh.  We make it a little easier by focusing on a select number of books and movies every 6 months.  The current list of books that the trivia questions will be based on can be found here or at the Bainbridge, Sylvan Way or Port Orchard branch.  Come with a group or on your own, there’s a place for everyone, and prizes aplenty.  Hope to see you there….



Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for ALL the Letters by Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers is one of those artists that seems difficult to pin down to one essential category. As a children’s author/ illustrator, film maker, painter and installation artist, Jeffers has his hands in many creative projects while pushing his own unique style beyond the conformity of cultural expectations.

downloadHis most recent book ‘Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for ALL the Letters’ is a wild ride through a whirlwind of quirky, highly intelligent and genuinely hilarious narratives. With a 112 pages spanning the entire 26 letters, each page is richly illustrated that readers and art lovers of all ages will appreciate. This series of short stories (sometimes very short) interconnects a lucid narrative of peculiar proportions through the letters we either know by heart or are only just beginning to learn. From an Astronaut who’s afraid of heights, to a Bridge that ends up burned between friends, to a Cup stuck in a cupboard and longing for freedom, Once Upon an Alphabet is a must read for the entire family and full of surprises with every turn of the page.

Here’s a great short film describing a bit of the artists process and background and make sure to check out Jeffers interactive website at that walks you through the lives of his many storybook characters.

 Video Credit: Oliver Jeffers on Vimeo

Don’t forget to check out the many other Oliver Jeffers children’s books in our collection:

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Should Mother Goose still be on the loose?

With all of today’s modern technology, video images, and online educational tools, is there still room in early childhood for nursery rhymes, poems, fingerplays, and songs?  Is there still room for Mother Goose?  The answer is a resounding “Yes!”  In fact, modern research into early brain development is validating what parents have known for years.  To quote Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, an expert in early childhood development, “children learn best through routine and repetition in a nurturing environment”, a perfect description of a parent (or caregiver!) and child cozily sharing a wonderful Mother Goose book together.

Numerous libraries are discovering that for young children “a love for learning through nursery rhyme activities and music…will insure their success throughout their school experiences.”   In fact, Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore has pioneered a program that incorporates these discoveries and is featured in an article entitled “Mother Goose on the Loose:  Applying Brain Research to Early Childhood Programs in the Public Library“.

So here are some of Kitsap Regional Library’s wonderful Mother Goose collections for you to share with your favorite young child!

The real mother gooseFor more than seventy-five years The Real Mother Goose has been delighting millions of children, and today the magic is as strong as ever. Heralded as the “standard” Mother Goose by parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians, this wonderful book with Blanche Fisher Wright’s lively, colorful pictures makes an enchanting introduction for the very young.

will moses mother gooseFrom world-renowned folk artist Will Moses comes one of the most original and enchanting Mother Goose books ever. Featuring over sixty of childhood’s best-loved nursery rhymes, in Where’s Waldo-like fashion, children can search magical full-spreads of Will’s unmistakable paintings to find their favorite characters.

arnold lobel mother gooseKnopf is proud to reissue the complete and unabridged Arnold Lobel-illustrated treasury of Mother Goose rhymes, originally published in 1986 as The Random House Book of Mother Goose and unavailable for several years. Reviewers were unanimous in their acclaim of a collection “brimming over with energy…distinguished by abundant humor and a rich variety of moods and styles” (School Library Journal, starred review). The beloved creator of the Frog and Toad books included 306 nursery rhymes–several hundred more than any other quality edition of Mother Goose–and “all are illustrated in a cornucopia of drawings which demonstrates the range of [his] technique and imagination” (Kirkus Reviews).

very first mother gooseTo a small child, words are magical. And the most magical of all are the beloved, venerable words of Mother Goose. Now folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest form. From “Hey Diddle, Diddle” and “Pat-a-Cake” to “Little Jack Horner” and “Pussycat, Pussycat,” these are familiar verses that have been passed from parent to child for generations; these are the rhymes that are every child’s birthright.  With watercolors by Rosemary Wells that may prove equally enduring, My Very First Mother Goose captures the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose. Parents and children will find themselves exploring this volume together, savoring delightful details and funny surprises on every page. This is a book that promises hours of quiet smiles and merry grins for readers of all ages. (Random House, Inc.)

Downton Abbey Fans: How To Survive Until Season 6

Downton Abbey addicts: we have what you need!

With only 1 more episode left in Season 5, what will you do with that long wait until Season 6?

Here are 12 wonderful things you can do next:

Downton Abbey cookbookDownton Abbey cookbook : from Lady Mary’s crab canapes to Mrs. Patmore’s Christmas pudding : more than 150 recipes from upstairs and downstairs by Emily Ansara Baines



Behind the scenes Downton AbbeyBehind the scenes at Downton Abbey: the official backstage pass to the set, the actors and the drama. Foreword, Gareth Neame; text, Emma Rowley ; photography, Nick Briggs.



Real life Downton AbbeyReal life Downton Abbey: how life was really lived in stately homes a century ago by Jacky Hyams.




Chronicles of downton AbbeyThe chronicles of Downton Abbey: a new era for family, friends, lovers and staff by Jessica Fellowes, Matthew Sturgis ; foreword by Julian Fellowes.



The manners of Downton Abbey (DVD); Masterpiece.


Real World Downton AbbeyThe world of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes; photography, Nick Briggs; foreword, Julian Fellowes.




Year in the life Downton AbbeyA year in the life of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes.




Downton Abbey castleLady Almina and the real Downton Abbey the lost legacy of Highclere Castle by Fiona Carnarvon, Countess of.




Lady Catherine Downton AbbeyLady Catherine, the earl, and the real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon, Countess of.




Edwardian CookingEdwardian cooking: inspired by Downton Abbey’s elegant meals by Larry Edwards.




Below the stairsBelow stairs: the classic kitchen maid’s memoir that inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey by Margaret Powell.




Downton TabbyAnd for your feline companions, Downton Tabby by Chris Kelly.




All of these lifesavers are available in printed word in our catalog, and many are available as ebook and/or eaudiobook as well. Enjoy!


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