Thursday, October 06, 2011

eBooks, Audio Books, Picture Books, oh my!

Crowell Public Library is proud to announce it has expanded its services to include audiobooks and eBooks available 24/7 from the library’s website, Just click on the OverDrive® icon located in the lower middle section of homepage. Using their valid library card, users install free software -- OverDrive® Media Console™ -- for audio and ebooks. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Sony® Reader™, Kindle and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CDs to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of two weeks so there are never any late fees! With hundreds of popular fiction and nonfiction titles to choose from, the new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more. Also on the Crowell homepage, a plethora of Online Resources accessible through the icons on the top right side, including Rocket Languages, Gales Health and Wellness, Grzmek's Animal Life, Tuition Funding Sources, Career Transitions, Testing & Education Reference Center and, back by popular demand, NOVELIST which offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. Looking for the perfect read? Get infinite suggestions here. A new and very popular online resource, BookFlix, is a e-reading program from Scholastic that combines classic fictional video storybooks with similarly themed nonfiction ebooks to make reading exciting for children in grades Pre-K-3. BookFlix pairs award-winning video based on some of the best-selling children’s picture books of all time with related nonfiction ebooks from the rich libraries of Scholastic. Children will delight in watching their favorite books come to life on screen, then turning the electronic pages of an ebook to discover real-world facts and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. BookFlix offers 95 fiction-nonfiction pairs, of which over 25 are available in Spanish. Designed to provide a constant interactive experience for young users, the unique features of BookFlix include: • A “read-along” option that provides word-by-word highlighting so children can follow along as the fiction video is narrated and the nonfiction ebook is read aloud. • Narrated text and definitions of key vocabulary words to support beginning and reluctant readers, as well as English Language Learners; • Educational games and activities that encourage children to show what they have learned and to reinforce early reading skills like fluency, vocabulary development and reading comprehension; • Biographies and interviews that introduce young readers to their favorite authors; and • Safe, age-appropriate web links to encourage children to further explore topics that pique their interest. Just look for the BookFlix icon at the top of the Crowell Library homepage. This service is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. It’s all free with a Crowell Library card, the best bargain in San Marino. Questions? Contact any librarian at Crowell, 626-300-0777.