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Digital Library: Making the most of the online resources

Posted on March 26, 2020 at 10:40 am

When you are learning, working, or relaxing at home, you’ll find that we have digital resources to save you money and help you learn and have some fun.

To get the most out of our digital resources, visit our Digital Library web page.

There, you’ll see a drop-down list of categories in the upper right-side of the page, where you can browse to see what kinds of resources are available.

We have digital resources for just about anything you would want to learn, create, or do! Here are just some of the categories of resources we offer:

You’ll need to have your library card number and PIN/password ready to log in to most resources. If you find that you don’t have that information, you can send a message to our staff using the Ask about Your Account form to get help.

Some of our resources have an app, and those are listed on our Apps web page with links to download for mobile devices. You’ll find apps for these resources and more:

  • OverDrive & Libby
  • Hoopla
  • Flipster
  • Lynda.com
  • HelpNow

DIGITAL LEARNING FOR KIDS

Reading & Learning

TumbleBook Library is a collection of animated picture books with narration and captions to read along. Find stories that bring joy to learning to read.

TumbleBookCloud Jr. is a collection of early reader books, graphic novels, nonfiction books about animals, places, and people, kids’ classics, read-alongs, and audiobooks. The wide selection lets you try as many books and styles until you find the stories that you love.

TeenBookCloud has fiction and nonfiction titles for a variety of tastes, including graphic novels, audiobooks, books for AP English, and titles for middle school readers. You’ll even find National Geographic videos for students who enjoy history, science, and geography.

Our OverDrive Kids collection includes books available with no waits, nonfiction titles for learning, read-alongs, graphic novels, and more.

Our OverDrive Teens collection has popular young adult reads, graphic novels, fiction and nonfiction, and collections of books for different reading interests. For those looking to read something different, check out The State I’m In collection of YA books by Washington state authors.

Hoopla has eBooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies, and TV shows for kids. Be sure to click “KIDS” next to the search to access all of their great kids’ content. For example, you’ll find a variety of Mo Willems offerings, including audiobooks and movies. Or if you’re looking to practice language learning for kids, Hoopla has eBooks and videos for that as well.

Academics

World Book is more than the entire encyclopedia. You’ll find interactive tools, videos, maps, science projects, and more for early learners as well as elementary age, middle grade and high school students.

With CultureGrams, you can learn about and explore cultures throughout the world.

eLibrary is a resource for K–12 students that helps with research topics and offers assignments on a wide variety of topics, including special collections for English language arts, history, and more.

Biography in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, and Science in Context offer articles and other materials to learn about public figures, science, history, and current social issues from multiple points of view.

SIRS Discoverer, from ProQuest, offers high quality content about history, health, language arts, math, science, social studies, and more for elementary and middle school students.

HelpNow offers online tutoring for all ages daily from 2–10pm. You can work on writing essays and reports using HelpNow’s Writing Lab. In the Skill Surfer area, you’ll find lessons and practice tests for reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. For college bound students, there are practice tests and preparation for college entrance exams.

DIGITAL LEARNING FOR ADULTS

Online Classes

Gale Courses offers online courses on professional development and personal enrichment topics. The courses are instructor led and 6 weeks long. You’ll find courses for technology, computing, accounting, healthcare, business, teaching, and more.

Lynda.com has a variety of on-demand video training and courses for technology, business, creative industries, taught by industry experts.

Pronunciator offers interactive and self-paced language learning for over 80 world languages, including learning tracks for kids of all ages and healthcare workers and beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses.

For Home Businesses & Entrepreneurs

Business Source Complete gives you access to top business magazines, information on companies, business case studies, industry profiles, SWOT analyses, market research reports, and product reviews.

DemographicsNow gives you the power to create detailed demographic reports, produce business and residential lists, and use mapping tools to visualize market trends.

ReferenceUSA has over 180 million residential listings and business directories that are useful for market research. You can also search over 2 million job postings.

ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry provides in-depth news and coverage of companies, products, executives, and business trends. With this resource, you are able to study and compare thousands of trades and industries.

DIGITAL RESOURCES FOR ENTERTAINMENT

OverDrive (and the Libby app) has digital reads for the whole family. You’ll find eBooks and audiobooks for popular fiction and nonfiction titles. Many eBook titles are available in a variety of digital formats to work with as many mobile devices as possible.

Hoopla has streaming music, movies, and TV shows, along with educational content. For kids, you’ll find Elmo, Batman, Pokémon, and loads more. For teens and adults, you’ll find content from the History channel, murder mysteries, just released music and your favorite jams in all genres.

Flipster brings you all the glossy pages of your favorite magazines in digital! The variety of magazines is impressive: Sport Illustrated Kids, Quilters World, Car & Driver, Women’s Health, Diabetic Living, Do It Yourself, to name just a few of the 95 magazines in this collection.

For hands-on entertainment, check out the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center, which has how-to instructions and creative ideas for virtually every hobby enthusiast and crafter. Similarly, Home Improvement Reference Center offers a wide array of instructions and videos to help you with home improvement and repair projects.

Keep informed of current events and news locally, across the state, and nationally with US Newsstream and NewsBank (available through December 2020), which also has access to global news sources.

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