OVERDRIVE: EBOOKS, AUDIOBOOKS, MAGAZINES, VIDEO
Overdrive offers free e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and video. Thousands of titles to choose from, and more titles coming soon! You need a valid library card to borrow books. Don't have a library card? Call us at 860.290.4330 (M - F, 9 - 5). Download the free Libby app directly to your tablet or smart device.
Click here for a list of Graphic Novel titles available in Overdrive.
Please note: Vendors have made special arrangements for free access to selected resources on the list below for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Free access to some of these resources may not be available long-term. We will update this list as additional resources become available. For the most updated list of resources available to Connecticut residents, check out this page maintained by the Connecticut State Library.
|TumbleBookLibrary has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite!|
|TumbleMath has the most comprehensive collection of math stories available anywhere- all in our world famous TumbleBook format which combines animation, narration, and sound to create a compelling and enticing story book for students K-6.|
|TeenBookCloud features over 1000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more for grades 7-12.|
|AudioBookCloud features over 1200 titles, including dozens of genres and interest levels. The collection includes popular literature, classics, children’s and teen books, mystery, sci-fi, history, biography, and more for all ages.|
RomanceBookCloud is a huge collection of Romance novels for the older crowd.
|ABDO DIGITAL LIBRARY|
|Elementary Digital Bookshelf - online library for grades Pre-K - 6.|
|Secondary Digital Bookshelf - online library for grades 7 - 12.|
Stories for Kids about COVID 19
A new book aimed at children 6-11 years of age explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from the novel Coronavirus that causes COVID-19. "My Hero is You, Kids Can Fight COVID-19!" uses a fantasy creature to help children manage difficult emotions caused by the rapidly changing reality we now live in.
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.
|Coronavirus Social Story- This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about the coronavirus and how to stay healthy. This resource is also available in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic.|
|The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus|
Brian Floca has written and animated a short piece called Keeping the City Going which you can watch on YouTube. It’s for children and adults and is all about the people who keep the city going during this pandemic.
|MORE EBOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS|
RBDigital is now available from the Connecticut State Library- no library card required!
|World Book Online- ebooks and many other resources for students! Login ID: wbsupport Password: distancelearn|
|ResearchIT CT allows access to library catalogs, newspapers and many subscription databases (including EBSCOhost) provided by the State of Connecticut with a valid Connecticut library card. Check out the expanded e-book options! New resources are being added every day.|
Audible- kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
|eSebco has free books for all grades. Username: keepreading Password: sebco Student I.D. Number/ Library Card Number: 1|
|Crabtree Digital provides high-quality ebooks for K-9+. Username: read Password: free|
Rainbow Books helps young people easily access LGBTQ+ affirming texts *for free*, even when schools and libraries are closed. The page has links to 30 LGBTQ+ affirming K-12 eBooks that readers can download. Click the Overdrive link for access to books.
Unite for Literacy provides free access to more than 400 original picture books, one fourth of them written in Spanish. The digital books provide audio narrations in more than 40 languages, spoken by native speakers.
|Star Bright Books- FREE digital access to 4 picture books (3 English, 1 Spanish) each week! Titles will be rotated on a weekly basis and cannot be downloaded, printed, or redistributed.|
Marvel’s digital comics subscription service is offering FREE access to some of Marvel’s most iconic stories. To access Marvel Unlimited’s free comics offering, download the Marvel Unlimited app and click “Free Comics” on the landing screen. No payment information or trial subscriptions will be required for the selection of free comics.
|Papercutz is offering free downloadable graphic novels.|
Free audiobooks for teens 13+ from SYNC.
First register for SYNC 2020 on our homepage. Then set up Sora.
How do I set up Sora?
Open Sora and tap I have a setup code (at the bottom of the screen).
Enter this setup code: audiobooksync.
Enter the email address you used to sign up for SYNC.
Tap Explore (at the bottom of the screen) to see the week’s featured titles.
|The Fable Cottage- Fairy tale audiobooks and videos available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.|
|Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.|
|Scholastic Learn at Home has you covered with engaging online resources and activities for grades Pre-K - 9.|
|Download the book Bad Kitty: Wash Your Paws by Nick Bruel for free|
|The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling will be published for free, in instalments, over the next seven weeks, a chapter (or two, or three), at a time.|
Bookshare is a service for people with a print disability that severely inhibits or prevents them from reading traditional print materials. Anyone in the world with a qualifying print disability may join Bookshare.
Click here to see how to qualify.
|KidLit TV - FREE read alouds, drawing & writing tutorials, podcasts, #kidlitart & reading resources for kids!|
|Free e-book! Zoey & Sassafras ebook- an early chapter book for kids who are reading independently|
|Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.|
Internet Archive allows you to download free books and texts. The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.
|COLLEGE STUDENT RESOURCES|
|OpenStax offers high-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed college textbooks that are absolutely free online|
|Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform.|
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