Last week, I mentioned some online reading resources. If you haven’t grab the January freebie offers, don’t wait too long. I’ll be snagging Funnix for our house and trying it out with D.
This week, I thought I would start a short series about resources at your local library to help with homeschooling. If you are a regular patron of the local library, you are probably already familiar with items IN the library. But, did you know that most libraries here in the US have digital resources as well?
The area of digital resources I thought would be good to mention are the ebooks and audiobooks often found on the library website. Which particular ebooks and audiobooks are offered depends upon your library. In Maryland, all the libraries bought into one package. In Ohio, each library had their own package offered. Both states had agreements that a resident could get a library card at any of the libraries.
Now, reading one of the ebooks requires software on your computer. Here in the Anchorage area, the service they use requires Adobe Digital Editions be downloaded on your computer. It’s a free download and easy enough to use.
If you are considering an ebook reader, you should know that the Nook is the only one I found capable of utilizing the ebooks from the library. P has already read one book from the library on the Nook and didn’t complain about that format at all. I’ve done the same and enjoyed the new way of reading.
What I love about checking out these ebooks is that you can’t be late turning them in! Think of the savings with no late fees accruing from a misplaced book or confused due date. The files will no longer allow you access once the due date is past. They still live on your computer. But, if you remember what directory has the files you can quickly delete them.
There is not the same breadth of book choices as you might find IN the library. But, overall they are not bad. Popular books are easy to spot as they are not available to check out. I have seen an option to notify you when it does become available. I’ve clicked on a few books and am now waiting to see how long it takes until my name comes up.
A feature available for some of the ebooks is that you can print a set number of pages per day (or from that title period.) Not all books have that option. In Maryland, I found some education titles (e.g. preparing for standardized tests) that did allow printing so you could fully utilize them.
I have not tried the audiobook option yet. Seeing that some titles the boys would love are only available as audiobooks, I plan to test it out soon. Some mp3 players can accept the protected mp3 files or you can listen to them using the computer. There were some titles in the selection when we were in Ohio that allowed burning to CD so you could play it in the car or on a CD player in the house. They are trusting you to destroy that copy after the loan period is over and I’ll say that most titles do not have that option.
There you have it… a quick summary of some of the digital resources you might find at your local library. I’m planning to continue the library theme next week and talk about databases.