The Fort Worth Library has gone digital! Now even the youngest library-lovers can access their favorite books, movies and audiobooks in digital formats that can be read by such e-readers as the Nook, the Kindle and the Sony Reader. Whether you are looking for a great novel for your book report, a picture book for bedtime or something to help you with your homework, there's a downloadable item in the library for you.
To check out these and other digital items, go to the Fort Worth Library website and look for the link to "Digital Library." You will find a Guided Tour, information about the different e-readers that support the available downloads and a catalog that you can use to find the items you want. The library also provides classes for customers who want to learn more about how to download their favorite materials.
Here are some examples.
by H.A. Rey
Available in Kindle and EPUB formats from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
George is a curious little monkey that is always getting into trouble. He is taken out of Africa by the Man With the Yellow Hat. When he sees the man use the telephone, George gets curious and accidentally makes a call himself -- to the fire department! This mischievous little monkey has been a favorite since 1941. If you enjoy his first adventure, many of the sequels are also available as digital downloads.
Go, Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman
Available in Kindle and EPUB formats from Random House Children's Books.
The dogs are all out to have a good time -- big dogs, little dogs, red dogs and blue dogs, driving cars and scooters, skiing or roller skating to a party on top of an enormous tree. This easy-reader book provides raucous fun with a vocabulary of only 75 words. This is one of many easy readers available digitally from the Beginner Reader Series. You might also enjoy Are You My Mother? or The Best Nest, also by Eastman.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Available in Kindle, Adobe EPUB and Adobe PDF formats from Random House.
Lina and Doon are 12-year-olds living underground in a decaying city called Ember. Humans have not seen the outside in more than 200 years, and the lights are beginning to flicker ominously. What will happen if they go out forever? The children begin to understand that the survival of all humans may depend upon them finding a way to the surface, but the Mayor and his followers may not allow them to escape. Many other popular children's series are also available in e-book formats, including Barbara Park's "Junie B. Jones" series and the "Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket.
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by President Barack Obama
Available in Kindle and Adobe EPUB formats and as a WMA audiobook from Random House.
President Obama celebrates the lives of 13 influential Americans and praises the personal traits that allowed them to succeed, suggesting that these same virtues live on in his own daughters and all the other children in America. The people highlighted in this volume include George Washington, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller and many other artists, political leaders and inspirational figures from many different professional fields and ethnic groups.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Available as an OverDrive MP3 Audiobook and as a WMA Audiobook.
When her little sister Prim is chosen as a Tribute in the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her place. Now she must fight for her life, because the Hunger Games is a brutal, televised reality show in which two teenagers from every district in Panem battle to the death. Only one Tribute will come out of the arena alive. Viewers from all over the nation watch eagerly and offer gift packages to help their favorite contestant. Suspenseful and disturbing, this gripping action adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The Hunger Games will be a major motion picture this summer. The two sequels to this book, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, are also available in OverDrive MP3 and WMA formats. Other popular young adult series, including "Twilight" and "The Vampire Diaries," are also available as digital downloads.
Some unique library items are available only as digital downloads.
One such item is I Am America - Get Hooked on History by Mary Sheldon. Available as an OverDrive MP3 Audiobook and as a WMA Audiobook from Phoenix Books.
This Parents' Choice Award Winner starts off with several former U.S. presidents and first ladies leading the young listener in a stirring Pledge of Allegiance. Fifteen renowned performers introduce each of the 50 states with exciting facts and stories that make learning about America lively, interesting and enjoyable.
Claire Abraham is a children's librarian at the Fort Worth Library. These books are available at most library branches.