More Than Just Books for Young Learners

The Maryville Public Library offers more than just books for all our patrons, including our youngest learners. Have you tried out our electronic resources? While information has been released about the hazards of too much screen time for infants and toddlers, these resources are different than typical videos or games kids might play.

TumbleBooks, a library of FREE ebooks for kids, is one such resource. You can access TumbleBooks from any computer or smart phone (both iOs and Android). There is a direct link from the web page and kids are welcome to use TumbleBooks during your library visits, at home, or on the go.  Not only are there animated books being read aloud, the text is usually highlighted as it is being read. This gives a cue to children it is the letters and words being read, not just the pictures. TumbleBooks have read alouds from picture books to early chapter books.

You can easily access TumbleBooks from your homes or phone. The first time that you access TumbleBooks and are not in the library, you will need to enter your library card number. If cookies are enabled you will only have to enter the card number once. Every subsequent login will give you direct access to the collection without having to enter your card number.

For slightly older readers, there are Capstone books. While there are some picture books, they tend to be longer than what is tailored to the youngest learners on Tumblebooks. From non-fiction to chapter books, there is a nice variety of subjects for all kids. Got a Katie Woo Fan? Does you child like to read Jake Maddox books? Scooby Doo? It’s all right here along with titles about Abraham Lincoln, Steve Jobs, and Ancient Egypt. I was also impressed with school/homework type books that focused on skill building for math and writing. Many parents will love the option to search for books within a certain Lexile range as well. CAPSTONE ebooks for grades 3-6 (username:maryvillepl password:library)

Have you Met Libby? This is an app by overdrive for downloading ebooks and audiobooks from the library’s catalog. While the above two electronic resources are just for kids and do not require a library card, check out of audio and ebooks does require your library card. Again, there is a wide variety of books from Berenstain Bears to Barbie to non-fiction and adult titles.

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Need help accessing any of these electronic resources? Contact the library in person or by phone at 582-5281. Happy reading!

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