Friday, March 15, 2013

Tablets – Not of Stone

It seems as though every other patron who comes to see us at the Library these days is toting a tablet computer. The Ridgefield Library has several app suggestions for tablet owners to make the most of their library/tablet experience. The Library subscribes to many in-depth reference databases, and you can access them on-the-go with the Ebscohost Mobile app and the Gale Access My Library app.  They will let you browse thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, and encyclopedias. Novelist’s app will help you decide what fiction book to read next. It has book descriptions, suggestions for read-alikes, and author biographies. WorldCat’s app will let you search the worlds’ catalog of more than almost 150 million items in libraries worldwide for books, videos, and audio recordings.  The Mango app allows you to learn languages everywhere you go. It features all the Mango language courses offered through the Ridgefield Library.  Finally, even the littlest library patrons are using tablets, and we’ve not forgotten them: Tumblebooks are eBooks for the very young. Using your tablet’s browser to access the Ridgefield Library’s website, click on Tumblebooks from the Children’s home page, then look for the green iPad friendly book link at the top right. All you need is your tablet and your Ridgefield Library card!

Contributed by Geri Diorio, Head of Children’s Services and Teen Services Librarian 

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