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BookFlix- For our youngest readers — PreK-3rd grade — BookFlix pairs classic animated stories from Weston Woods with nonfiction ebooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. Try out a Curious George story and a read-along ebook to answer all your 2nd grader’s questions about monkeys! 140 pairs of fiction/non-fiction including 38 Spanish versions. Offers read-along and read-to-me, games, and “meet the creator” to introduce authors to young readers.
TumbleBooks — for a limited time till August 31st
TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases is making its family of online libraries available for free to all public libraries until at least August 31. This is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks for K-6, 7-12 and adults, audiobooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games which are used by thousands of schools and public libraries in over 100 countries across the world. We are pleased to be able to provide this access to our community.
OverDrive has a wide variety of bestsellers and classics in fiction and non-fiction in eBooks and audiobooks. Three portals make it easy to steer your reader to the right content — Overdrive main collection has everything for All ages; Overdrive Teens has collections ready for 7-12th graders; and Overdrive Kids is full of great read-to-me, chapter books, and titles for Elementary readers. You can search by subject or reading levels. Borrow 10 items at a time using Libby — OverDrive’s app for phones and tablets. Checkout is for 21 days. Test drive the Libby right in your browser
Hoopla provides instant access to movies, TV shows, music, comic books, ebooks and audiobooks. Check out 6 items per month. No waiting and no holds. Checkout time varies depend on the type of material — 21 days for ebooks/audiobooks; 7 days for music; 3 days for movies.
Kanopy offers streaming classic cinema, independent films, and top documentaries. Kids Kanopy has great access to video classics, storytime, and science & nature. Create an account and link your library card to get start watching up to 10 videos per month. Parents can set parental controls on Kanopy accounts to limit their children’s accounts to only Kanopy Kids. Available on Roku, Android, and Apple Apps.
rbDigital offers over 3000 full-color digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on any device.Our collection includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits. Try an Audiobook — no waiting — access from your computer or from the same friendly rbdigital app you use to access magazines.
Many users utilize several of these services to get the maximim entertainment value, but it may be difficult to differentiate and choose between them all. See the chart below for the main features of each service:
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|Audience||Pre-K to 3rd grade||All ages||All ages||All ages||All ages|
|Stream titles on computers and mobile devices||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Download titles for offline reading/viewing||no||yes||mobile devices only||no||yes|
|How many items can I check out?||unlimited -- streaming access only||10 at any time||6 per month||10 per month streaming accessing only||no limit|
|How many items can I have on hold?||streaming access only||15||no holds; all items always available||no holds; all items always available||no holds; all items always available|
|Available for dedicated ereaders?|
(Nook, Kindle, Kobo, etc)
|Available on Kindle Fire?||no||Yes||Yes||no||yes|
|Can I suggest a title/purchase?||no||Yes||No||no||no|
|Comics/Graphic Novel experience||titles are animated||limited||very strong||Magna and Kids Kanopy -- wide variety of cartoons||no|
|Non-fiction titles||each pairing has non-fiction title||some||stronger||strong selection of documentaries||strong|
|Collections, in general||140 pairs with 38 Spanish choices||stronger on bestsellers||stronger on niche titles/publishers||classics, independent, and educational films; documentaries; Kids Kanopy -- storytime, classics, beloved characters||wide variety of titles|