3 Reasons Why You Should Try the Libby App

Libby, by Overdrive is the new app for accessing eBooks and e-Audiobooks through Kentucky Libraries Unbound.  It is available for Android, iOS and Windows devices in their App stores now, and here are three reasons to give it a try!

1) THE ONLY THING YOU NEED TO SET IT UP IS YOUR LIBRARY CARD!        Libby authenticates with just your library card number, making it a snap to get started and to have your checkouts synced on multiple devices. You won’t need to remember an Overdrive account or an Adobe ID anymore.  It can also store up to five cards making it easy to use on a device shared by the whole family!

To get started with Libby, all you have to do is:

I. Download Libby from your device’s app store

II. Tap to open the app

III. Tap the “Find My Library” button to let Libby use your location to                                       find the nearest KLU library and confirm itIV. Tap the “Add a Card” icon on the KLU homepage and enter your library                            and library card number

V. Once your card is loaded, all you have to do is find a book to borrow and                         start reading

2) NEW SEARCH FEATURES MAKE BROWSING THE COLLECTION EASY!              Libby has new search functionality that make it easy to filter your results with just            a tap. At the top of your search results page there will be links that sort the                      results by format and subjects.

Search results also have several new features to help you quickly review them:

  • The cover image will move to the left side of the search results when the title          is checked out to you or on hold.
  • Checked out items show the days remaining in the loan period and have a              link to open the title.
  • Items with a wait list will show how many people are already on hold just to            the right of the ‘place hold’ button.

3) THE NAVIGATION BAR MAKES FINDING EVERYTHING EASY!                        The Navigation bar across the bottom, puts the collection, your book shelf and your most recent title just one tap away at all times.With over 70,000 titles in Kentucky Libraries Unbound, there’s an eBook or e-Audiobook just waiting for you to try with Libby today!


Katie Widener became the Digital Services Librarian this past March, having been a Reference Librarian at BCPL since 2011. She’s a Burlington native and has Bachelors’ degrees in English and Humanities from U of L and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UK.

Tim’s Cincinnati Chili Adventure

A Cleveland native, Reference Librarian Tim Chatlos has always been fascinated by regional food such as Cincinnati chili. When he relocated to the Cincinnati region, he promptly tried the chili chain restaurants. Tim weighs in on the eternal Skyline versus Gold Star debate by recommending Skyline for the three-ways and Gold Star for the coneys.

After dining at the chains, he then realized other restaurants also featured the chili and was curious to find out how many there were. Through his research, he found three helpful, but now inactive, blogs:

Although these blogs haven’t been updated in a while, they still provide a good source
of restaurant names and reviews. Through his research, he discovered over 50 places in the area serve Cincinnati chili and this inspired his quest to visit as many chili restaurants as possible. Between 2011 and 2013, Tim traversed the region, sampling restaurants offering Cincinnati Chili. He was impressed by how many restaurants are dedicated to the chili, as well as the consistency of the chili across the region, down it being served on oval plates. Approximately 75% of the restaurants use oval plates to serve the chili, which Tim found to be a unique, but unifying, way to display the chili.

His chili adventure not only allowed him to enjoy eating his way across the region, but helped him to learn the city inside and out as he traveled to restaurants located in all nooks and crannies of the city. He was also happy to find a way to help support local businesses and is grateful to have never gotten sick or gained weight during his Cincinnati chili adventure. As of this post, Tim has visited around 60 unique chili places. Since it’s been a few years, unfortunately some of the restaurants have since closed. However, each year more new chili places are discovered, so the adventure continues!

Tim’s Chili Tips:

  • Stick to places with three-ways. He didn’t seek out restaurants serving only coneys, which usually meant the chili was coming out of a can.
  • Order the regular with the maximum number of ways available (up to a 7-way at some places) along with a coney or chili cheese sandwich for fun.
  • Order a chili cheese sandwich in lieu of a coney when an option. Dropping the hot dog allows for the chili to stand out more. Not all restaurants offer the chili cheese sandwich option, but most are willing to make one if you ask.
  • Always bring cash because not all of these mom & pop places accept credit cards.
  • Always have spare change because you’ll often have to park on the street and feed the meter.
  • Be mindful of the hours. Many of the mom-and-pop places are closed on Sundays or only open for breakfast and lunch.
  • At some restaurants, the chili is considered a special and is only offered on certain days.
  • Not every restaurant has chili in its name. For example, the Greek places often don’t include it. As you may or may not know, Cincinnati chili was originally created by Greek immigrants who used Mediterranean spices to create a meat sauce similar to some lamb stews.
  • It is noticeable what restaurants freshly shred the cheese. Pre-shredded cheese from a bag just isn’t the same.

Tim’s Favorites:

  • Price Hill Chili –It has a large menu with a lot of variety in case you aren’t in the mood for chili.
  • Camp Washington– Not a chain, accessible area, distinct vibe with its diner theme.
  • The Silver Ladle – Unique variation on Cincinnati chili made with chicken instead of ground beef
  • Dixie Chili – NKY represent! Home to one of the rare 6-ways (5-way plus garlic).

Below is the Google map Tim created when he planned his chili sampling trips. The map was created several years ago and since then some of the places on it have closed, so please check on availability before you visit.