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Problems with OverDrive in the New Catalog - UPDATED

UPDATED 9/5/2020. We believe the problem with OverDrive loans and holds showing incorrectly and the problem of placing holds has been fixed. Please let you local library know if you are still seeing problems with your OverDrive titles in your account activity. 

There is currently a problem in the catalog with OverDrive titles. OverDrive titles listed in your InfoSoup Loans and Holds are not updating. Trying to place OverDrive holds in InfoSoup, for many users, also bring up a "Your account does not appear to be valid" error. 

Until this issue is resolved we recommend that users go directly to OverDrive (https://wplc.overdrive.com) or use Libby or the OverDrive app for all OverDrive transactions. Loans and Holds will display correctly in OverDrive and in Libby. For now, please ignore any of the information in InfoSoup regarding your OverDrive Loans and Holds.

The New Library Catalog is Here!

The new catalog is live

The first time you log in, you PIN will be your birthday in 6 digit, MMDDYY format. You will be able to change your PIN after that.

Update about paying fines online. You can now pay fines online in the catalog!

Please see our New Catalog FAQ page for details about the new catalog.

Updates on Library Service

Update about placing holds (6/25/2020): The place a hold button is back!  InfoSoup users can now place holds and request items from their own library and from other InfoSoup libraries. Due to limited transit between libraries, users will be limited to placing 10 holds. Users who already have more than 10 holds will not lose these holds. Please also note that due to changes in how holds are delivered, InfoSoup can no longer display your position in a holds queue.

Update about returned items (6/12/2020: Due to quarantine of materials you may receive an overdue notice for a returned item if a due date passes while the item is in quarantine. Please disregard these notices. All items will be backdated to the date they were returned and no fines assessed due to quarantining. Please wait at least 3 days before contacting your library about returned material. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Update about limited deliver service: We have begun limited transit between libraries filling existing holds. The request/hold button in InfoSoup is still suppressed while we work through the backlog of old holds. Other than for existing holds, items are still currently only available at the owning library. Status changed on 6/25/2020.

Update - 6/3/2020

Some InfoSoup Libraries are opening on a limited basis. Please contact you local library to learn more.

Many InfoSoup libraries are offering curbside pick-up and some libraries are looking to open soon by appointment. Since delivery service has not been reinstated between libraries, materials are limited to what is currently available at each location. While you can still see what your local library has available by searching InfoSoup, the ability to request material and place holds has been temporarily removed from the InfoSoup catalog.

Pick-up service is by appointment only and will vary by library. Please contact your local library to learn if/when curbside pick-up service will be available and how to request and pick up materials.

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PEN America Literary Awards

Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres. 2020 Winners were announced at a ceremony on March 2. Check out our PEN Literary Awards booklist to find some of the 2020 Winners and finalists in InfoSoup. The top prize, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, "recognizes a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact, which has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form and signaling strong potential for lasting influence. To view all the award categories and to learn more, visit the PEN America Literary Awards page.

March Fourth and Be Counted

Your response matters. The 2020 Census is right around the corner and getting a complete and accurate count requires everyone’s help. From health clinics, fire departments and schools to even roads and highways, the census will shape many different aspects of our communities. Tune into your local news station on March 4th to learn how to march forth and be counted.

See our Census page for to learn more »

 

ALA Book Award Winners

Each year, usually in January, the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. The oldest and best known of these awards are the Caldecott and Newbery Medal. Check out our Children's Book Awards page our Award Winning Books for Teens page for this years ALA winners and honor books and to learn more about the awards.