Friday, December 17, 2010

Ebook Readers and more!

During the holidays, I’ve been inundated with lots of ads for ebook devices. If you are considering purchasing an ebook reader or just wondering what all the hype is about, you can take a short guided tour of ebook devices at

In addition, the Lillie M. Evans Library participates in the Alliance Digital Media Library (ADML). This service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. You can browse the collection, check out with your library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.

To get started downloading audiobooks and ebooks, visit Lillie M. Evans Library users can find best-selling audiobooks and ebooks available 24/7. You also can print off this eBook Devices Cheat Sheet for Library Users or use the complete Supported Audio Devices link on the ADML site.

Just this month, OverDrive released updates of apps for iPhone and Android, which adds support for eBooks from OverDrive libraries. Patrons will be able to download both EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to their iPhone, iPod touch, or Android phone/tablet. New users can search for “OverDrive Media Console” in the Apple App Store at  and Android Market at

With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the ADML collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more. Go ahead—try it out!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Online Storytime Resources

There are some great storytime resources available online.  Tumblebooks are accessible from the library's catalog, databases, and electronic resources page.  By clicking the TumbleBook Library icon you and your child can view TumbleReadAlongs, TumbleTalking Books and TumbleReadables. TumbleBooks offer various audio and audio/visual books that are fun, interactive and encourage children to love reading. TumbleBooks are ideal for ages K-6th.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (NC) has created StoryPlace on online bilingual website where young children can listen to online stories, complete interactive online activities and find reading lists.  Stories for pre-school and elementary children are highlighted. 

Barnes & Nobles also has an online story library.  This month listen to author Chris Van Allsburg reading The Polar Express book.  Other stories are available through by visiting  and clicking on ONLINE STORYTIME