You know how sometimes you avoid doing things because you think they’re going to be hard? I’ve been doing that with the eBook section of my local library. I finally decided to tackle my procrastination. I set aside some time to set my kids up with some good, online content. I wish I had done this sooner, because it was too easy. My avoidance has cost me time my children could have been interacting with books on their own.
There are 3 easy steps to the process of getting a book to your computer, tablet or phone.
1. Go to your local library’s e-content catelogue and choose the appropriate option available (I chose the first one, BOOKflix).
(I did explore the options, but started with BOOKflix. It seemed like the best option for my children at the age they’re at.)
I was asked for my Library Card # and my PIN (Personal Identification Number) to log in.
2. Choose your category for the type of book you would like to watch/read.
I chose ‘Adventure’ as both my children are adventurous! We browsed through the various book titles and found ‘Scaredy Squirrel’. They’ve not read this book yet and we do love new stories.
3. ‘Watch the story’ or ‘Read the book’
There are two options to choose from:
Watch the Story!: Scaredy Squirrel can be read to you or your children. The words spoken are highlighted which is great for children learning to read along.
Read the Book!: Turn the ‘Read Along’ on and watch the words highlighted as they are read. When you are ready, you can turn the page and continue reading.
We did both.
What we enjoyed was the pairing of the fictional book with the non-fiction. It was great to read a new story, online. It was also great for my children to learn about ‘real’ squirrels. I loved how each word was highlighted as it was read; an opportunity to learn words by sight. We will be spending more time seeing what our options are now that I realize just how easy this is!
Happy reading folks!