Internet Resources - Books & Reading



Databases

  • 3M Cloud Library
    Browse and check out popular titles from the library, and use the 3M Cloud Library PC Software to transfer e-books to your e-reader. The 3M Cloud Library automatically syncs to all your devices that have the 3M Cloud Library App downloaded to them. You can start reading on your iPad and continue later while waiting some where and reading from your phone - right where you've left off.
    Browse related subjects: Literature
  • BookFlix
    Outside the Library: BookFlix Access from Home
    Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource for children in grades PreK-3. It pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks (some in Spanish). It includes read-aloud supports so students can hear each book narrated and also hear definitions of key words. Specifically created to support non-, beginning and reluctant readers.

    Browse related subjects: Audio Books, Authors, Children's Literature, Education, Games, Spanish Language
  • Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
    Use this database to find a good book to read and to find lists of award winning titles. See also the Children's Literature homepage for monthly features and author/illustrator interviews.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Children's Literature
  • enki Library
    The enki Library is a shared open source eBook Network that allows California libraries to own and store eBooks for access by library patrons. eBooks are available in PDF and EPUB formats with your Adobe ID. Content is currently focused on smaller and independent publishers. It includes fiction, biography, health cooking & craft, and more -- see the Advanced Search for a list of included subjects.
    Browse related subjects: Children's Literature, Cooking, Crafts, Education
  • eSequels.com
    Like the book Sequels, first published by ALA in 1982, this database aims to include the best, most enduring, and most popular novels in series that might appeal to today's adult readers. eSequels lists the most popular series so you can discover a new author or rediscover an enjoyable series of years past. It indexes character, location and subject as well as author and title so you can identify a series that you may recall only vaguely, and gives brief annotations that describe each title without "giving away" any surprise endings. eSequels indexes U.S. and British series novels and European series that have been translated into English. Note:You will need to enter your library card number on the eSequels.com website to use the service.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literature
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Includes e-books on the following topics: General Reference, Education, History, Nation and the World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Education, History, Religion, Science, Social Issues
  • hoopla
    hoopla is a digital media service where you can check out movies, television, audiobooks, and music. Items are available for streaming or temporary download on your computer, smart phone or tablet. Thousands of titles are available. Sign up with your email address, then use your library card number and pin to check them out.
    Browse related subjects: Audio Books, Movies, Music, Soundtracks, Television
  • Library & Information Science Source
    Containing English and foreign-language periodicals, journals, conference proceedings, pamphlets, library school theses and books, this database encompasses subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval and information management. In addition, Library & Information Science Source provides comprehensive coverage of the history of library studies. This database also provides access to author profiles—including information on 5,000 of the most-frequently indexed authors—such as which subject terms are most commonly applied to their articles, and in which publications the author has been published.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Education, History, Libraries
  • Literature Resources (Gale)
    Literature criticism, biographies, work and topic overviews, reviews, and full text of many literary works--all searchable at the same time and returned in lists organized according to the type of research needs they serve.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literary Criticism, Literature, Poetry
  • Novelist
    Assists readers in finding new authors and titles. Find the order of titles written in a series.
    Browse related subjects: Authors
  • Novelist K-8
    Assists readers of children's literature in finding new authors and titles. Find the order of titles written in a series.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Children's Literature
  • OneClickdigital
    The OneClickdigital collection includes Recorded Books exclusive/subscriptions titles -- over 3200 audiobooks for adults and 1300 for kids, as well as 100 Spanish titles. It also includes distributed titles by major audio publishers, based on patron and library requests. OneClickdigital also has an eBook collection of classical literature and popular titles available with Adobe Digital Editions. The service is PC and Mac compatible as well as is iPod and iPhone compatible. The OneClickdigital mobile app is available via the iTunes App Store. You'll need your library card number and pin to access the service from outside the library.
    Browse related subjects: Audio Books, Literature
  • Overdrive
    The library makes ebooks and downloadable audiobooks available from OverDrive/Northern California Digital Library. The collection contains over 3000 audiobooks and over 2000 ebooks. Items are available for download with the use of Overdrive software. The collection is PC and Mac compatible as well as iPod compatible. You'll need your library card number and pin to access the service from outside the library.
    Browse related subjects: Audio Books, Literature
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online (OED)
    A guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 600,000 words — past and present — from across the English-speaking world.
    Browse related subjects: Dictionaries

Recommended Websites

  • Reader's Circle
    Reader's Circle is a book club networking site serving the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with listings for local groups, author events, and phone chats. Searching the directory of listings for book clubs and reader's circles is free but requires registration. This resource also offers 189 authors who are available for over-the-phone visits with groups that have selected their book.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Directories, Literature
  • Reading Group Choices
    Reading Group Choices selects books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literary Criticism, Literature
  • Short Story America
    A free home for readers and writers of short stories--a new short story is published every Friday. The mission of the site is "to bring the short story back into the mainstream of American culture, to bring the short story author back to prominence in American literature, and to enhance American students' awareness and education in the art and value of the short story."
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literary Criticism, Literature
  • What's Next Database
    Kent District Library maintains this excellent database that helps search series fiction. It is searchable by book title, series title or author title.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Children's Literature, Literature

Local Links

  • Reader's Link
    Uncover new reading adventures, find long-remembered favorites, and discover award-winning titles. Search by genre, subject, author, title, series, and more. Compiled by SCPL librarians.
    Browse related subjects: Authors, Literary Criticism, Literature

Did You Know?

Mystery Spot

Located in the hills of Santa Cruz, the Mystery Spot remains a mysterious attraction for visitors. Discovered in 1939, the Mystery Spot is an area of roughly 150 feet where the laws of gravity are challenged. Tours are given year round.

465 Mystery Spot Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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