As we venture through weeks of social isolation, more people are turning to ebooks to get new reading material. With libraries and bookstores closed, physical books are a bit harder to come by these days. Kids are feeling the pinch, too, but many parents are now realizing that their libraries offer more digital items for kids than they originally thought.
Here at Cheshire Library, we’ve been redirecting some of our physical book budget to buy more ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, for all age groups. This isn’t as simple as it sounds, since downloadable books cost up 4x the price of physical books, and come with many other restrictions (read more about that here), but we are proud of the wide selection of digital titles we can offer our cardholders. Are you a Cheshire resident without a library card? You can register for a temporary card online to start using our digital platforms.
Our OverDrive/Libby platform has over 2000 juvenile titles, from simple picture books to more challenging chapter books. The OverDrive Kids Page is a good place to start exploring this collection.
There are hundreds more children’s ebook titles on RBdigital:
Not to mention audiobooks:
Tumblebooks has also provided free access to their streaming collection of children’s books through August 31. You’ll find tons of picture books, easy readers, and chapter books for all ages and interests:
- Tumblebooks: Username: tumble735 Password: books (expires 8/31/20)
- Tumblemath: Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6 (expires 8/31/20)
- Teen Book Cloud: Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6 (expires 8/31/20)
If your kids are running out of new things to read, please take a look at our digital collections for kids to tide you over until the library is up and running again!