You may have noticed last week that we launched a brand new website! It’s more colorful with bigger images, and easier navigation. This upgrade also provides a great opportunity to remind everyone of our HUGE children’s eBook and downloadable audiobook selection!

I know what you may be thinking—shouldn’t we be encouraging kids to read books in print so print books don’t die out? Well, I’m a firm believe that print books will never leave us and proudly proclaim that all reading is good for children, regardless of the format involved. Allow me to share with you this valuable resource.

Imagine your kid just finished listening to the audiobook of the first 39 Clues, The Maze of Bones, and is just DYING to listen to the second. But you know your family can’t make it to the library for another few days. This is the perfect situation to check out and download an audiobook from our website. Or, perhaps you can’t visit the library, but still would love to share with a child the new Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get? Just head to the Kitsap Regional Library website using your device and check out the eBook edition. Voila!

How--you may ask? Kitsap Regional Library works with Overdrive to present you thousands of eBooks and audiobooks, which you can download directly to your device from the comfort of your home or wherever you have Internet access. From the main KRL website, select “eBooks and Audiobooks” from the drop down menu in the Download tab. Scroll down to the button that reading, “For Kids,” and you’ll reach the dynamic page focusing only on children’s electronic materials.

This site displays each book cover so you or your child knows it’s the right one. Then, when you hover your mouse's cursor over the cover, you can select to borrow the book if it’s available, preview the pages or audio, add the book to your wish list, or share it on social media. You can search by subject (nonfiction, fantasy, mystery, etc.), collections (audiobooks, beginning readers, Warriors series, etc.), or levels (interest level or reading level). You can further narrow your search by selecting options for a specific device. The devices that support eBooks and downloadable audiobooks include Androids, Chromebooks, Kindles, Apple iOS, Nooks, Window Phones, and more! You can even listen to a downloadable audiobook directly from your Internet browser.

Best of all, once these materials are due, they are automatically removed from your device—so you don’t need to worry about returning them to the library on time or accruing fines.

If you have any issues downloading items onto your devices, then you’re welcome to visit the library for assistance. You can even make an appointment for one-on-one help on eBook or computer questions. We’re always happy to help!

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