Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Stuck at home...

Woman and girl using tablet computer.
As long as the Wi-Fi lasts...
I'm stuck at home—what can I get, and free?
Heat wave, high water, broken leg, car in the shop! If you can’t make it to a branch, you can still enjoy our e-library! Your key to online literature, learning, and fun!

For digital reading, fiction and non-fiction use:
  • Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium/OverDrive;
  • 3M Cloud library;
  • Safari books online;
  • Book Flix, animated picture books and some non-fiction books; and
  • Tumblebooks: fiction, non-fiction, games and playlists—a guilt-free electronic entertainment resource for young children. Bookmark this on a young child's tablet!
For listening to audiobooks try:
  • Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium/Overdrive! Yes, our largest collection of e-books is also our largest collection of electronic audiobooks; and
  • One Click Digital also offers a complementary collection of audiobooks.
Learn a new language:
  • Mango Languages (establish an account through our website to save your progress); and
  • Muzzy Online for kids to learn languages with games and cartoon characters.
Looking for music or drama?
  • Freegal provides weekly music downloads for MCPL customers;
  • Streaming Music (Music Online) offers music in multiple genres; and
  • Theatre in Video provides recordings of live performances!
We have magazines, too! Zinio offers a Zinio for Libraries app for Apple and Android, which allows you to download your magazines to your tablet and read them even if the WiFi goes. Several of these other e-resources also offer apps, so be sure to check our app page for suggestions and download links.

Looking for something else? Check out these free resources available online:
  • BBC language lessons
  • LibriVox: Free, volunteer-read audiobooks from the public domain.
  • Project Gutenberg: The motherlode of over 46,000 free e-books. Available in Epub, Kindle, read-online formats in many, many languages. These books are generally in the public domain. So indulge your penchant for Dickens or Dickinson, Austen or Zola with e-books (and some audiobooks) that you can download and keep forever.
Happy reading, listening or studying. Perhaps we'll see you in the branch... later.

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