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Listen Up! Great E-Audiobooks for Kids

by Pam - 0 Comment(s)


Imagine you've packed the car and are just about ready to take the family to your favourite summer vacation spot. You suddenly realize that you've forgotten to borrow Book CD's to keep the kids entertained on the long drive. What are you going to do?

Here's an easy solution. Take a couple of minutes to download some of Calgary Public Library's children's e-audiobooks to your portable device. From Clifford stories to well loved tales by Beverly Clearly, the Library has downloadable audiobooks for children of all ages.

 Cover of Pinkalicious:The Pinkamazing Storybook CollectionIf dragons are popular with your children, then discover classic dragon stories in the audio collection " Dragon Tales". Delightfully fun, this collection contains the "Reluctant Dragon" by Kenneth Grahame and "The Island of the Nine Whirpools", "The Fiery Dragon" and "The Last Dragon" by Edith Nesbit.

Young girls will want to listen to "Pinkalicious: The Pinkamazing Storybook Collection" by Victoria Kahn. They'll discover all the great fun that Pinkalicious has in the four "I Can Read" books — "The Pinkerrific Playdate". "Pinkalicious:the Princess of Pink Slumber Party", and "Pinkalicious : Soccer Star". In addition, this audio collection contains two extra storybooks - "Pinkalicious and the Pink Hat Parade" and "Pinkalicious: Flower Girl". Wow! That's a lot of pink!

These are just a few of the great audiobook titles for children to listen to that Calgary Public Library carries in its OverDrive audiobook collection. Whether your children are fans of Harry Potter or Fancy Nancy, you're bound to find something that will entertain them this summer.

You can find audiobooks through the OverDrive link on Calgary Public Library's website. Did you know that you can filter your search to your device by clicking on Device Type and selecting what you use. The results will bring up the audiobooks that are compatible with that device. Remember that to use audiobooks you have to download OverDrive Media Console first. You'll find lots of excellent help available in downloading audiobooks at OverdDrive Help.

I hope your family has fun listening to some great children's stories this summer. No kids in the car? Enjoy listening to our e-audiobooks for adults. There's lots to choose from.

Fresh! E-book Options

by Stephen - 0 Comment(s)

By now you are probably aware that the Calgary Public Library loans many eBooks through the OverDrive interface located on our Website. OverDrive provides an easy and accessible way to get your favourite book anytime and from any place (with an internet connection!). Like our physical collection, our eBooks come in many genres and formats and appeal to readers of all ages.

Here are a few options you might not be aware of:

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Comics and Graphic Novels

X-men, Spider-Man, Iron-man, we’ve got a selection of Marvel titles which you can download and read on your device. If superheroes aren’t your cup of tea, we’ve also got manga, graphic adaptations of literature, and even some history for your enjoyment!

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Children’s Materials

Ebooks aren’t just for grown-ups! We provide both fiction and non-fiction material for children. From early readers, to popular children’ novels, we have a wide arrangement of children’s eBooks available for download.

If you don’t want to download a book, you can stream a story online through our Storytime Anytime service, or BookFlix!

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The Calgary Public Library’s non-fiction eBook collection is as varied and diverse as the community who uses it. We’ve got cookbooks, self-help, travel and even eBooks on how to use that new device.

Have a suggestion? You can suggest an eBook the same way you can suggest a physical one. Just follow this link and let us know what you would like to see.

Fresh! New Look for OverDrive

by AnneMarie - 1 Comment(s)

OverDriveOverDrive now has a fresh new face for e-books and e-audiobooks. The upgrade, which OverDrive is calling Next Generation, includes a cosmetic redesign of the interface as well as search and navigation improvements such as “One-Step Checkout” and ”OverDrive Read” (for browser-based eBooks).

OverDrive's new features and layout reduce the number of steps to find, borrow and enjoy an e-book or e-audiobook on most major devices including Android, iPad and Nook. New “responsive design” allows the mobile and desktop experience to be the same—optimized for any screen size regardless of the user’s device.

Interestingly, the re-design also includes a format choice called “OverDrive Read” which is their new browser-based eBook reading option. This option does not change the way the existing services work but provides additional functionality. You will see ‘READ’ as another choice for format (such as epub or pdf) when available on a title. Using the Read format requires a device or computer with a modern web browser (like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari).

So far, I'm enjoying the clean layout and attractive visuals. I like the banner at the top that lists the various categories so I can easily navigate to my favourite genres (biography) or find titles I can share with my kids. And, once I've selected a category, I like the highly visible " Available Now" button so I can filter my results to items I can check out immediately.

I think I'm starting to find my way around! If you need any help finding your way around, watch this video on OverDrive's Next Generation, or talk to staff at your local branch, use the Info Chat service on our homepage, or call us at 403-260-2600.