Free Electronic Books

child-1183465_960_720Do you know that DBRL subscribes to several online book services for children, such as Tumblebooks and StarWalk Kids Media? All you need is your library card number and a tablet or computer, and you can get started reading these interactive digital books.

We also like to share outside resources that catch our eye. Two of the most recent resources we’ve found useful are Storyline Online by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the Billion e-Book Gift by Reading is Fundamental and Ustyme.

Storyline Online includes activity guides and titles that are written by well-known authors such as Kevin Henkes, Patricia Polacco and Audrey Penn. The stories are read by well-known actors, and they add about 4 new titles per year. With the Billion e-book Gift you have access to 50 classic e-books, including titles like “The Little Red Hen”, “The Gingerbread Man” and “Colors and Emotions.” There are no fees or advertising. The website says this project will be available through December 31 of this year.

Have fun exploring these tools with children ages 3 and up.

Chilling Children’s Books

October is finally here, which  means that it’s the perfect time to curl up with some candy corn in one hand and a Halloween-themed book in the other. We have recently acquired several new scary and not-so-scary eBooks for children, and we invite you to browse through these spooky stories.

Here are some spook-tacular new Halloween-themed eBooks you can access through Overdrive.

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Boo” by Leslie Patricelli

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Kooky Halloween Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone” by Lindo Bozzo

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Five Quick Steps to eBook Success (for iPads!)

Since all full time 5th grade students in Columbia Public Schools have been issued iPad Minis, we have been seeing many ipad_flickryoung folks using these new tablets. These iPads are not only good for schoolwork but also for accessing some great eBooks from DBRL. The library offers a wide array of electronic resources such as films, music, magazines and of course eBooks that can be accessed via devices such as iPads as long as you live in our service area. Our most popular eBook service is Overdrive. To use Overdrive on your iPad, you only need to follow these five quick and easy steps to download the app.

  1. Install the OverDrive Media Console app on the iPad. This program allows you to search the library collection and manage the eBooks and eAudiobooks you have borrowed.
  2. Create an OverDrive account to authorize the device. This account allows you to sync eBooks and eAudiobooks across multiple devices. You will be prompted to do this the first time you open the app.
  3. Tap the menu button at the top left of the screen and then tap “Add a Library.” The menu button is three stacked lines.
  4. Search for “Daniel Boone Regional Library” by name, city, or postal code.
  5. Tap on “Daniel Boone Regional Library” to be taken to our catalog of downloadable content.eReading Room Just for Kids

Once the app is installed, you will have full access to both eBooks and eAudiobooks. If you would like your search to be limited just to children’s materials, scroll down until you see an image of a snail with a book that says “eReading Room Just for Kids” and click on
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Now all you need to do is download or read your eBooks in your browser and enjoy!

 

Dewey Diamonds in the OverDrive Rough

Captain Underpants has its own special kind of charm and place in a young reader’s literary diet. However,  if you find yourself wanting to round out your little reader’s digestive system, a good way to start is to trick…I mean encourage…your kiddo to mosey around nonfiction.

One method is what I personally like to call the “something shiny” persuasion; ebooks! The change in format can serve not only as a reason for kids to sniff around some new titles, but working with different platforms for searching also increases technological literacy. Plus, eBooks and eAudiobooks can’t be lost, become overdue, get left at Disney World, chewed on by the dog, etc. If that weren’t reason enough to check them out, we recently rolled out our new child-usage friendly eReading Room for Kids in OverDrive and it has an fantastic amount of titles available. Continue reading

Introducing OverDrive’s eReading Room for Kids

You have asked for it, and we are delivering. We are proud to introduce a new kid-friendly landing page for our OverDrive downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Your kids will love that they don’t have to wade through adult books to find the titles they want, and you don’t have to worry about them downloading the newest romance novel. Simply start your children’s searches in the eReading Room! (Or look for the bright green eReading Room logo under the display of new eBooks on our OverDrive landing page.)

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Bonus: the simple pull-down menus allow students to search for books by genre, format, interest level and reading level. That’s right, folks! You can search by Lexile® if you so please.