Books and Reading

Find your next great read, learn about authors and literary genres and find rare books online.

Access World News – Newsbank

The most comprehensive collection of full-text newspapers globally. Provides extensive coverage at every level—international, national, regional, state and local. This fully searchable resource features news content from all 50 states as well as more than 5,900 international news sources from 172 countries. News content may be included in its original published language or translated into English.

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Grade Levels: middle school and high school
Subjects: health, history/government, math, science, social studies and technology

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Features: Watch, read and listen to animated picture books in nine categories, including Animals and Nature, People and Places, and Family and Communities. Includes fiction, nonfiction and some Spanish language titles. No waiting.

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Grade Levels: preschool and elementary school
Subjects: art/music, English/language arts, geography, history, math, science and social studies

Third-Party Provider: Scholastic

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Features: eMagazines are available instantly, no waiting
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Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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Gale eBooks (formerly GVRL)

Access hundreds of books and publications within 21 different topics including the arts, biography, business, education, the environment, history, LGBTQ, medicine, multicultural studies and race and civil rights. Email, download, print or save pages. iOS app Google Play app

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Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: art/music, business, college prep, English/language arts, health, science, history/government, social studies and technology

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Hathi Trust

Hathi Trust is a partnership of academic and research institutions offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. All users are able to read open access or Creative Commons-licensed works and U.S. works published prior to 1923.

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Features: With hoopla digital, customers can borrow, instantly stream and download free movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, ebooks, and comics with a valid library card. 20 checkouts per month.
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Third-Party Provider: Midwest Tape

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Internet Archive

Over 16 million files – text, video, audio, software and images. Use the live music archive to listen to favorite artists. Watch news coverage or entertainment programs. Search various books published before 1923 in American and Canadian libraries.

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Literary Reference Center

Contains articles and essays of literary criticism and journals, biographies, literary journals, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, book reviews, author interviews and classic novels.

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Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: English/language arts

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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New York Times (current issue only)

Enjoy free, unlimited access to in our branches. Users have to register for an account with an email address and password.

To access from home, create an account, login and then redeem an at-home access code for 72 hours of unlimited at-home access.

Third-Party Provider: Times Services

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Newspaper Source

Provides articles from national and international newspapers, television & radio transcripts, and 200 regional newspapers including the Akron Beacon Journal, Boston Globe, Columbus Dispatch, Washington Post and more.

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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NoveList Plus

Find that next great read! Sort by age level, popularity, curriculum-driven material, recommended reads, book discussion guides and searchable award lists. Also includes suggestions for audiobooks.

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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Overdrive (Libby App)

Features: There are thousands of ebooks and audiobooks, hand-selected by your library, available for reading or listening. Explore the collection through catalog guides, subjects, featured titles, and curated lists. It's a delight to discover new books through Libby.
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Tumblebook Library

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes Non Fiction Videos and games.

Third-party provider: TumbleWeed Press Inc.

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World Book eBooks

Supports classroom instruction and library reading initiatives with over 2,500 titles, including World Book exclusive content and classic literature. 24/7 unlimited, simultaneous access. World Book eBooks also feature a free downloadable app compatible with Apple, Windows, and Android devices.

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Grade Levels: elementary school, middle school and high school
Subjects: art/music, English/language arts, health, history/government, science, social studies and technology

Third-Party Provider: World Book

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