Nonfiction Lucky Day Picks on Overdrive

Have you checked out the Pratt’s Lucky Day collection on Overdrive? In case you haven’t, here’s what you are missing out on! The Lucky Day collection offers many bestselling eBooks and eAudiobooks that are available to download with no holds and no renewals. That means in a matter of seconds you can read a book by your next favorite author.

Check out some of our favorite Nonfiction and Self-Help books in the Lucky Day Collection.

A Warning
By Anonymous

eBook | eAudio
The Hope of Glory
By Jon Meacham
eBook | eAudio
Becoming
By Michelle Obama

eBook | eAudio | Spanish eBook
Blowout
By Rachel Maddow

eBook
Finding Chika
By Mitch Albom
eBook
I am Malala
By Malala Yousafzai

eBook
Negroland
By Margo Jefferson
eBook
On the Move
By Oliver Sacks
eBook

One More Thing
By B.J. Novak

eBook

The Peanuts Papers
By Andrew Blauner
eBook
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered
By Karen Kilgariff and Gerorgia Hardstark

eBook
The $100 Startup
By Chris Guillebeau

eBook
The Queens of Animation
By Nathalia Holt
eBook
Why Not Me?
By Mindy Kaling

eBook
Wild
By Cheryl Strayed
eBook

How to Complete the Census in 10 Minutes or Less

Prepare: 
If you received a letter from the Census Bureau, locate your Census ID inside. If you do not have your Census ID, that is ok, you can still fill out the census. Designate one household member to complete it.

Know everyone’s* names, date of birth, gender and race they identify with. By providing accurate, detailed information, you help decision makers meet the needs of diverse communities.

Take the Census:
The public is strongly encouraged to complete the survey online at https://my2020census.gov/. You may also submit responses via phone by calling 844-330-2020 (TDD 844-467-2020). Calling will connect you with a census enumerator who will guide you through the questionnaire.

Households that have not completed the census by late May will be sent a questionnaire to mail in. More information about responding by mail may be found here.

*Who to count? 
Anyone residing in the residence as of April 1, 2020, including tenants, roommates, and infants. College students who typically reside in dorms will be counted by their institution and individuals in correctional facilities will be counted by the institutions they reside in. More information about who to count may be found here.


  Things to remember: 

  • You can still complete the census without your Census ID.
  • For the questions on gender and race, choose the response that you feel is accurate. It’s also possible to leave questions blank, but you may be contacted by an enumerator to clarify. 
  • There are no questions about citizenship status and your responses are confidential and cannot be used against you. In fact, federal law prohibits any other government agency from accessing an individual’s response. Information can only be used to provide anonymous statistics.
  • In response to COVID-19 some deadlines have changed.  
  • Be wary of census scams. You should never be asked to provide your social security number, banking information, or political affiliation.        

Why your count matters:

  • The number of seats a state gets in the House of Representatives is determined by population.
  • Data is used by small businesses, nonprofits, and local governments, to determine services the local population wants and needs. 
  • Determines the amount and type of federal funds your community will get.
  • Information is used to analyze social trends, prepare for disaster assistance, and plan public transportation.

Free Online Homework Help!

Kimberly Day, Manager of the Earl Teen Center

Hey everyone! You’re out of school right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to let your studies slip during these strange times. Plus, it helps to have something to think about other than the news, right? Well, we are here for you!

Working on your school packet and stuck on a math problem? Trying to write a paper for English class and need help organizing your thoughts? Or just want to up your score for the SAT or GED test? We’ve got your back, and we pay for it, so you don’t have to!

Log on to the HelpNow (Brainfuse) resource on the prattlibrary.org site for free, online, and live one-on-one help from experienced and vetted tutors. All you need is your library card number. Don’t have your physical library card? Just sign up for an eCard and get instant access to all of our online resources (be sure to choose “digital” from the “your library” choices). 

Students in elementary, middle, and high school (and yes, adults too!) have free access to many online study resources every day from 2pm-11:55pm. 


What can HelpNow do for you? 

Once you log in, you can choose which direction you’d like to go. Need one-on-one help with something? Choose the “Live Tutoring” option. Want to send in a question but you don’t need immediate help?

Choose “Send Question” and get a response from a tutor within 24 hours. Want to see how the rough draft of your paper looks? Submit it to the “Writing Lab,” and get a detailed analysis by email. Then, connect with an online tutor for further help. Want to put a study group together, but can’t because of “social distancing”? Set up a session in “MEET,” and collaborate on projects, study for tests, and more! You can also get help for all major college prep and GED tests, or just discover the right career and/or college major for you!

There is so much this resource can do, but you’ll have to see for yourself! For teens who need book recommendations (or help with anything else), please feel free to email teen@prattlibrary.org, and your Teen Librarians will help you out with that! Of course, they will need to be eBooks, or Audiobooks right now, but hey! We provide those for free too!

Spotlight on Overdrive: The Lucky Day Collection

Looking for a great book to read? The Lucky Day collection can help! It’s full of titles from bestselling authors that are available to download instantly. With eBooks and eAudiobooks available with no wait, The Lucky Day collection is the perfect addition while you are practicing social distancing. 

Bloody Genius
By John Sandford

eBook | eAudio
Commonwealth
By Ann Patchett

eBook
Everywhere That Mary Went
By Lisa Scottiline

eBook
Vendetta in Death
By J.D. Robb

eBook
Grand Union
By Zadie Smith

eAudiobook
The Girl in the Spider’s Web
By David Lagercrantz

eBook
The Nickel Boys
By Colson Whitehead

eBook
The Bride Test
By Helen Hoang

eBook
The Shape of Night
By Tess Gerritsen

eBook
The English Girl
By Daniel Silva
eBook
Gone Girl
By Gillian Flynn
eBook
Wedding Night
By Sophie Kinsella

eBook
The Last Romantics
By Tara Conklin

eBook
Royal Holiday
By Jasmine Guillory

eBook | eAudio

 

The timely grace of Oge Mora’s “Saturday”

By Cornelia Beckett, Program Specialist

My favorite children’s book of the past year, Oge Mora’s gorgeously collaged Saturday, has proved to be more timely than ever. The plot is simple and realistic to many working families’ lives: Ava’s mom works all week except for Saturday, so that day is their special time together. They go to the library for story time, get their hair done, go to the park, and maybe go somewhere extra-special like a puppet show.

Except— this Saturday, story time is canceled, a splash from a passing bus ruins their hair, the park is too noisy, and they forget the tickets to the puppet show. At home, Ava’s mother “wails” that she’s ruined their special day. Ava reassures her mother: “Saturday is special because I spend it with you.” The final pages of the book are of Ava and her mother creatively making their own puppets and putting on a show with what they have at home.

With everything canceled, with families inside together, and with a need to reframe unexpected circumstances—Ava and her mom even pause together to take a deep breath every time they face a setback—Saturday models healthy coping strategies, adaptation and the priceless meaning of family time.

Here’s a video of the author and illustrator reading it herself:

Mora’s Thank You, Omu! is also available to check out. Download the Read-Along version here.