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TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. They are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sounds, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book (and some classics) which you can read, or have read to you.

You can choose from chapter books, picture books, non-English language books, and even some games & puzzles.

OCPL provides unlimited use of TumbleBooks at no charge. You do not need to have a library card to view them.

Click here to start TumbleBooks!

Lots of classic books are downloadable for free on the Internet.

Beyond the book printed on paper pages, you may want to try electronically delivered books. These may be audiobooks or e-books (the text is on a computer, not paper). These have become increasingly popular because the electronic reading machines have become easier to use and more titles are available. The new tablets, like the iPad or Galaxy, also provide features like internet searching, cameras, and email access. These multi-use devices are great when you are traveling.

While Solvay Public Library may not have the resources to provide all electronic sources, here is what we do have:
> books-on-CD that you can borrow
> Playaways (pre-loaded MP3 players with one audiobook on it) that you can borrow
>Tumblebooks – children’s picture books that you read Online

Some websites that provide eBooks for free:
Project Gutenberg – great for classics

Online Books Page, a collection collected by University of Pennsylvania.

Digital Book Index – has children’s books and lots of nonfiction and reference.

Google Books – lots of classics, but also magazines and children’s books. They also have books to buy, so scroll down and you will see the list of freebies.

New Energy & Conservation Books & DVD's!

Thanks to a grant from the Independent Energy Efficiency Program (IEEP) through the Village of Solvay Electric Department, the Library has started a public education program about energy conservation and alternative energy sources. With the grant, the Library purchased a special collection of books and DVD’s on this topic and hosted several children’s program. Many of the books are about remodeling your home and money saving advise.

The books and brochures are located on a designated shelf in the elevator lobby and have a “fluorescent light bulb” sticker on the spine. The display has information about energy saving initiatives for Solvay Electric customers, and conservation education pamphlets for the general public.


To place a hold on one of these titles, just click on it!

These are just a few of the Playaways available at Solvay Public Library. To search all of OCPL libraries for Playaways, use “playaway” as a keyword in your search.

Playaway is the simplest way to listen to an audiobook on the go. With the audio already contained within, and a battery to make it play, there’s nothing left to do but plug in earphones and enjoy.

As the first self-playing audiobook, Playaway brings pages to life at the push of a button. Audio content and simple, digital technology are now merged into an easy-to-use, self-contained player. And weighing only two ounces, Playaway is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and goes anywhere you do!

Solvay Public Library has started a new collection of Playaways available to check-out and are in the Hazard Room. We have adult and teen titles. You cannot place holds on our Playaways, but you can locate others in the OCPL system by typing “playaway” as a keyword.

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