Get the Most From the Library - Without Even Walking Through the Door!
Now that many of us are working from home and/or restricting public contact, we thought you'd like some tips on great entertainment and other things the library has to offer online. Here are our top tips for using the library without ever leaving the comfort of your home!
Note* Most of these services reuqire you to log in with your library card and PIN/password for home access.
Watch thousands of movies for free:
- Acorn TV brings world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond to library patrons through a streaming video service to any Web-connected device. Check out the tutorial on how to use it.
- hoopla is a digital media service where you can check out movies, television, ebooks, audiobooks, and music. Thousands of titles are available for streaming or temporary download to your computer, smart phone or tablet. Check out the tutorial on how to use it.
- Kanopy provides access to one of the most unique collections of films in the world – including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases – on every topic imaginable. Mobile apps and a Roku channel are available. Check out the tutorial on how to use it.
Read eBooks and Audiobooks for free:
- The OverDrive/Northern California Digital Library collection has ebooks and eAudiobooks for beginning readers, kids, teens, and adults. OverDrive titles are compatible with most devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and Kindles. Check out the tutorial on how to use it.
- The Tumblebooks Library and Bookflix are ebook platforms for kids. Tumblebooks uses animations and sound with picture books, while Bookflix pairs fiction and nonfiction.
- RBdigital offers a wide variety of eAudiobooks and eMagazines for checkout in your web browser or on your mobile device. There are about 45,000 eAudiobook titles (two-thirds of which never require holds), including classics, bestsellers, the Great Courses and Pimsleur Language programs. Check out the tutorial on how to use it.
Read tons of magazines and newspapers for free:
- RBdigital offers Newsweek, Cosmopolitan,The Economist, The New Yorker and many more. Check out the tutorial on how to use it.
- NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues. It includes Santa Cruz Sentinel, and San Jose Mercury News, and San Francisco Chronicle. It groups news by topic and serves up the best reporting in the nation. Great for teachers!
Learn something new:
- Mango Languages Learn to speak one of over 40 languages, including ESL. They even have an app so you can learn on the go.
- GCF AprendeLibre is a free online educational website focusing on technology, job training, reading, ESL and math skills. Available in English and Spanish.
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