Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sunday July 26, 2015 Taking the Library on Vacation

Picture this: you are on vacation and having a wonderful time, until you run out of books to read...or suddenly face a rainy day and children in need of something to do...or that DIY project at camp takes a wrong turn. Have no fear; the Library can be right there with you to save the day (insert superhero anthem here)! In addition to the thousands of books, dvds, and other materials that we offer in physical formats there are just as many available in online formats as well.

The Overdrive collection currently has more than 61,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks available for borrowing. These can be accessed anywhere and anytime you have an internet enabled device, an internet connection, and your Library card number and PIN. The Overdrive app is easy to download and use with almost any device. Long drives or even longer road trips are a great time to have a couple of eAudiobooks at the ready to choose from along the way. If you are just browsing the collection and want to see what is immediately available for reading, go to the advanced search screen and select “available now” from the ‘Show me...’ menu.

Tumblebooks is a free site that can be used by anyone – this is a great tool to have in your back pocket for impromptu story times, games, educational videos and more. Books are read aloud through your device and the visual components help young ones follow along with the story.

Hoopla provides online access to thousands of movies, television, music and eAudiobook titles, free to you with a Thunder Bay Public Library card. You need to have an email address and set a PIN on your library card. Download the free hoopla digital mobile app on your Android or IOS device or visit on your PC, set up your account and away you go.

Other easy apps to download and use include Naxos Music Library (NML) and Access My Library (AML). The NML app lets you stream classical, jazz and world music anywhere and anytime. The AML app isn’t proprietary to Thunder Bay Public Library and is a free tool to use to do things like: research on the road, settle a bet by looking up correct information, and generally get fast access to topics from health and wellness to car repair, business, and more.  Both of these apps can be downloaded for free through the app store. More information on Naxos Music Library is available through the Thunder Bay Public Library’s website (

Last but not least is that beautiful website itself – connects you to everything the library has to offer. Free public events that are happening at the four library locations and in the community throughout the year; dozens of databases to help with home improvement, local history, genealogy, biographies, general reference, and more; access to books, eBooks, audio, DVDs, newspapers, reviews and blogs, etc. Check it all out before or during your summer plans this year and happy travels!

Jesse Roberts 

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