Looking for a Good Book? Check Out These Downloadable Library Books

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The Boulder Public Library offers free access to tons of books for adults and kids alike. If you use a reader, this is a great resource! We try to buy used books, but now that at least 3 people in our family have eReaders that is tougher. We can’t go to the Bookworm or the Boulder Bookstore. We cannot borrow from friends. Instead we felt like we were stuck buying the books for ourselves and our kids through Amazon. I started looking for more options and I found that the Boulder, Lafayette & Louisville Public Libraries offer access to a lot of great books for our readers online. Score!

Here’s how to download FREE eBooks:

  1. Get your library card ready [you will need your number]
  2. Head to the Boulder Public Library’s website
  3. Click on the link on the top right that says eBooks [link here]:Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 8.39.13 AM
  4. That will send you to the Front Range Downloadable site. Click on the “Children’s Titles” section. You can choose between Children’s Fiction or Nonfiction & Teen Fiction or Nonfiction.
  5. There are simply tons of great titles that you can “borrow” for a week. This is a screen shot from the site.

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I poked around a bit and found that most of the titles were available. If you or your kids are reading on an eReader this is a great cost saving resource for your whole family! Thanks, Boulder Public Library!!!!

Audio Books are a Great Way to Engage Your Kids!

We drive up to the mountains each weekend to ski as a family. That is a 2 hour drive up and a 2 hour drive down. It is not uncommon to see the video screens of cars flashing their cinematic charm to the children in the back seats. No judgement here. We do it too. But recently we have turned to audio books for the ride back to Boulder. They watch a movie on the way up and listen on the way down.

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The best part is the kids are mesmerized by the audio books. We love listening too! We are listening to some amazing classics right now and our whole family is enjoying this opportunity. Audio books can be expensive if you buy them in the bookstore or online. But here are some other ways to get them:

1. Boulder Public Library offers them for FREE. Go to their website and find the “Audio books” icon on the upper right side of the homepage. Click on it and you head to Overdrive which is a service that offers books you can download on your MP3 device, computer, burn to CD. The options are endless.

2. Audible.com offers subscriptions to their ebooks and audio books. You can sign up for a 30 day trail here.

Audio books are a great way to unplug kids. Let them really listen and melt into a good book while traveling. I like them for quiet time for kids too.