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Yes, it’s OK to read audiobooks!

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Did you know you can count listening to audiobooks for the Summer Adventure? If you find yourself hesitating, the article Audiobooks Are Not Cheating (FREE poster offer) | Books on Tape has some great arguments in favor of recorded books. My favorite reason is that you can listen to a book in the car without getting a headache (the way you would reading with your eyes).

If you want to check out audiobooks from the library, you have a couple of options. We have books on CD (pretty self-explanatory), Playaways (those things in the orange boxes), and downloadable audiobooks.

Playaways are a little like having an iPod with something already downloaded on it. These are getting popular because not everyone owns something to play CDs on anymore. All you need to do is stick in your headphones and press play. Alternatively, you can use a cable to connect a Playaway to a car stereo so that everyone can listen to it together. The Findaway World company has details here: playaway-cars

Another option that you might not notice if you’re just looking at our shelves is downloadable audiobooks. The Digital Collection page of our website lists the different options for downloading audiobooks. At the bottom of the page, you can find help pages for the different apps and some guides to device compatibility.

Need a recommendation for a good audiobook? There are awards especially for audiobooks, like the Odyssey Award (for titles for children and young adults) and the Audies (for books for adults, children, and teens). The Association for Library Service to Children also puts out of yearly list of Notable Children’s Recordings, which includes both audiobooks and music (lists from past years are also available).

It’s the first day of early voting!

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Are you talking about the election in your family or classroom? We have many online resources you can access with your Fountaindale library card that you might enjoy sharing with your children. These can be found in alphabetical order by going to fountaindale.org and clicking on Find It! Select Online Resources and scroll down for each of the following.

BookFlix pairs classic animated storybooks with related nonfiction. A Read Aloud feature enables children choose whether to listen to the stories or read the books themselves. Books are aimed at preschool through the primary grades. Three sets of books introduce youngsters to the democratic process: Duck for President and Election Day; Madam President and What Does the President Do?; Otto Runs for President and Let’s Vote on It.

The books on TrueFlix are aimed at third through fifth grades. They, too, have the Read Aloud feature. Each includes a video, follow up activities, and projects. Among the titles in the U.S. Government section are several of particular interest in this election year: The Presidency, Voting, The Congress, The Supreme Court, and The Bill of Rights.

Upper elementary and middle school students will find the FreedomFlix eBooks useful. Each title is accompanied by video, a project, and related websites. Our Democracy books include: The Branches of U.S. Government, Citizenship, The Democratic Process, Forms of Government, The Supreme Court, The U.S. Constitution, Women’s Right to Vote, The Bill of Rights, and American Capitalism.

At Scholastic Go! find a wealth of material on Election 2016 from the latest news to a section on the road to the White House and an Electoral Challenge game. The developers of the site state, “Our engaging news articles get kids hooked on the nonfiction reading they’ll do their whole lives as they become informed, active citizens. There is no bigger news story in the Unites States than the election of a president. And there is no better opportunity to engage kids in our democratic process.”

What’s all the hoopla?

So, you want to check out music but you don’t actually own anything that plays CDs anymore.

Or maybe you want to borrow some videos but you’d rather not deal with scratches or mysterious sticky spots.

Or you want to check out a Rick Riordan book and some comics but they’re not on the shelf.

Or you want a title as an audiobook but you don’t see it available in that format.

Don’t go away– we have a new service, and it’s free with your library card!

Step 1: Go to the Digital Collection page at http://www.fountaindale.org/ebooks and look for the word hoopla

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Step 2: Click “GET STARTED”

Step 3: Type in your email and create a password

Step 4: Choose Fountaindale from the list of libraries

Step 5: Enter your library card number and PIN

If you want to see just the children’s items, go to SETTINGS and turn on Kids Mode.

Click BROWSE and you can see a list of audiobooks, movies, music, comics, ebooks, and TV shows.

What are some of the items you can check out?

  • Browsing through music, you will see some of our most requested items, like Kidz Bop and Disney collections.
  • The audiobook collection includes picture books featuring the popular Pete the Cat, beginning readers, Minecraft titles, and chapter books ranging from Beverly Cleary to Neil Gaiman.
  • Comics has old favorites like Archie and Garfield and new favorites like Big Nate and My Little Pony.
  • Movies has kid favorites like The Land Before Time movies, old favorites like The Muppet Movie, adaptations of picture books like The Gruffalo and Mo Willem’s pigeon stories, and some new and popular options like Equestria Girls.
  • Television includes popular PBS Kids shows like Arthur and Super Why, and educational programs like Bill Nye the Science Guy and language learning Dino Lingo.
  • Ebooks include the previously mentioned Percy Jackson, BOB Books, Star Wars, and Disney titles.

Hoopla adds new content every week!

You can check out 6 titles a month.  Have more questions about how it works?  Visit https://www.hoopladigital.com/help for a list of FAQs and answers.

 

Zinio magazine news

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Did you know you can not only download library ebooks, you can also download magazines?

We have renewed our subscription to Zinio and there are some exciting new children’s titles available!

American Girl
Ask (ages 3-5)
Ask en espanol (ages 3-5)
Babybug (ages 6 months-3 years)
Babybug en espanol (ages 6 months-3 years)
Click (grades 1-2)
Cricket (grades 4-8)
Highlights (ages 6-12)
Iguana (in Spanish, ages 7-12)
Ladybug (grades pre-K-1st)
Ladybug en espanol (grades pre-K to 1st)
Nickelodeon
Spider (grades 2-4)

If you have previously downloaded the Zinio app, you know it was a multi-step process to get the magazines from the Recorded Books portal into that app.

There is a new app available called Zinio for Libraries. Using this app, you can seamlessly switch back and forth between Zinio and the Recorded Books portal to checkout magazines and read them right on your device.

When you load Zinio for Libraries, it will ask for your account information – accounts must be created at the Recorded Books portal. Once you are logged in, you will see a button on the bottom of the app screen that says “checkout magazines”. Clicking this will take you to the Recorded Books portal and log you into that portal at the same time. From here, you can check out the magazines. You can also read them using the Recorded Books reader, or return to the Zinio for Libraries app, swipe down on the home screen until you see a rotating icon. This will tell the app to search for new content that has been checked out.
Magazines that have been checked out will now appear on the home screen. You can tap the icon of the cloud with an arrow coming out of it that will be toward the bottom right corner of the magazine cover to download it to your device. If you do not wish to download the magazine, you can read it in a web browser after checking it out by clicking the “Start Reading” button that appears in the Recorded Books portal after checking out the magazine.

Please note: if you want to “keep” the magazine for later reading, you will need to download it. Downloading it is the only way that you can be assured you will continue to have it even if the magazine subscription is cancelled or the magazine shuts down.

Also note that previously checked out and downloaded magazines may not be available for transferring to the new app. You may still need to keep your old Zinio app to access these materials.

(Thanks to Tony for the notes on how to use the new app!)

New year, new series

Are you ready for something new to read?  Here are a few series starters that are all available as audiobooks:

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Above World by Jen Reese
In a future of high technology and genetic modification the Coral Kampii, like legendary mermaids, live isolated from the Above World, but when the devices that allows them to breathe underwater start to fail, thirteen-year-old Aluna and her friend Hoku go to that forbidden place to find help.
This title is also available as a book on CD, a Playaway audiobook, or an ebook.

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Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, and Alcatraz is introduced to his grandfather and his own special talent, and told that he must use it to save civilization.
This title is also available as a book on CD or a Playaway audiobook.

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A Dark Inheritance by Chris D’Lacey
When Michael Malone saves a dog, he discovers that he has paranormal abilities, which bring him to the attention of a secret organization, UNICORNE–but he plans to use the ability to find out what happened to his father, who mysteriously vanished three years earlier, and save his new friend, Freya.
This title is also available as a book on CD, a Playaway audiobook, an ebook, or an e-audiobook.

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How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks
In 1870s London, a young orphan girl becomes the apprentice to a man who traps monsters for a living.
This title is also available as a Playaway audiobook, an ebook, or an e-audiobook.

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The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Eleven-year-old Miri Gill feels left out in her family, which has two sets of twins and her, until she travels back in time to 1935 and discovers Molly, her own lost twin, and brings her back to the present day.
This title is also available as a Playaway audiobook or an ebook.

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A New Hope: The Princess, The Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (an original retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope by Alexandra Bracken)
If you don’t already know the plot, I’m not going to spoil it.
This book is one of the titles included on the Fountaindale Children’s Services Nook.  It is also available as a book on CD.

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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed.
This title is also available as a Playaway audiobook or an ebook.  It is also one of the titles included on the Fountaindale Children’s Services Nook.

 

Weird (and wonderful)

August 20 is the 125th birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, author of “The Call of Cthulhu.”  So, let’s celebrate with children’s books!

Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom

From the moment I saw Julia Keller’s review of Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom, I knew I would have to get my hands on it.  It took a while to find (you’ll see, if you click on the link, that the review is several years old) but it is well worth the time of comics readers who like a good, scary book.  I’d recommend it for approximately age 10 and up.

Troll Hunters
Troll Hunters by Michael Dahl is dedicated “To H.P. Lovecraft, speleologist” and is partly inspired by Lovecraft’s works.  An ancient evil awakens underground and four friends discover they have powers to fight it.  The story was originally published as four shorter books, starting with Skyfall.

Lastly, a series that reminds me of my own rodent-infested school days watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer is Tales from Lovecraft Middle School.  In book one, Robert Arthur enters the school as a new student suddenly separated from his elementary school friends.  Strange things are definitely going on, which his science teacher attributes to the plans of the “Great Old Ones”– in between outbursts of disturbing gibberish.  The first three books in the series are also available for download from Overdrive.

Hidden Gems: Alice in Many Languages

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My boss just shared an article she found about the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland and how the book has been, and is being, published in multiple languages.  At the top of the article, you’ll see a slideshow of illustrations from Alice in Wonderland.

If you would like to see or hear Alice in another language, the library owns Alice in Wonderland and other Lewis Carrol stories in Spanish, including an Alice in Wonderland audiobook in Spanish.

Since Alice in Wonderland is old enough to be out of copyright, you can also find some versions online for free.  Project Gutenberg has it available in German, Esperanto, and Finnish.  manybooks.net (which is compatible with the Go Read app on our nooks) offers the story in German, Esperanto, and Italian.