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Library Offers eBooks for Children

Post Date:05/05/2017 9:33 a.m.

Dare County Library offers numerous free options for parents and children seeking quality eBooks for children, including access to new library eBook consortium, NCKIDS Digital Library, which provides greater access to Children’s eBooks across the state.

For Dare County Library cardholders, there are now three free children’s eBook services available.   To access any of these resources, visit, and click on “eBooks & eResources” or “Children’s Services”, to learn more information about or to access any of these three programs.

Cloud Library

Since 2012, member libraries of the East Albemarle Regional Library System have made eBooks available by the Cloud Library, (formerly known as 3M Cloud Library).  The Cloud Library now offers over 2,000 popular eBooks, but what many people do not realize is that there are also many children and teen eBooks available on the Cloud Library.   Our Cloud Library collection now offers over 200 eBooks for preschoolers up through Teens in grade 12.  Books in the collection for children are on easily identifiable shelves in the software such as “Picture books”, “Easy Readers”, “Juvenile Titles” and “Teen Fiction”.  Cloud Library eBooks can be accessed with your 14-digit Dare County Library Card barcode number and library-assigned PIN.  Access the collection as “East Albemarle Regional Library” as your library, and you can borrow up to 4 eBooks for 14 days.  Users can place holds on materials that are currently borrowed by others.   Cloud Library eBooks are read in an APP for a Windows PC or MAC, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Samsung Galaxy Nook tablet or Kindle Fire.   You must download the appropriate App in order to borrow and read Cloud Library eBooks. 

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library has over 1,100 eBooks for preschoolers through Grade 6.  Many of the books for younger readers can be read with narration, if the reader so desires.   Tumblebook Library contains interactive narrated picture books (Story Books) and narrated early readers (Read-Alongs), chapter books, graphic novels, classic stories, nonfiction books and videos, puzzles and games.    With Tumblebook Library there is never a wait, since multiple users can read the same title at the same time.   Dare County borrowers must follow the link on our website in order to to access Tumblebook Library.  Once at the Tumblebook Library site for Dare County, users will need to enter their 14-digit Dare County Library Card barcode number.   Tumblebook Library eBooks are read in your web browser.  Mobile users on a device that do not have the flash plug in will automatically be redirected to the   "iPad& Mobile Device" Tumblebook Library site.

NCKIDS Digital Library

A first of its kind statewide eBook consortium specifically for children has launched in the Tar Heel State. The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the North Carolina General Assembly has funded and created a new eBook service for children in grades pre-K through 4th grade, NC Kids Digital Library. NC Kids Digital Library currently offers over 5,000 eBooks, audiobooks, videos and Read-Alongs (books with narration) for children.   Ebooks include Story Books, Read Alongs, Chapter books, nonfiction, and more. Over 1,000 of these eBooks can be borrowed by more than one user at the same time. (Look for the Never-Ending Reading shelf for these titles).   NCKIDS Digital Library can be accessed with your 14-digit Dare County Library Card barcode number and library-assigned PIN. Select “East Albemarle Regional Library” as your library.  Children can borrow up to 5 eBooks at a time, and eBooks go out for 14 days.   Books that are checked out cannot be placed on hold, but remember there are over 1,000 titles that can be read by simultaneous users.  EBooks on NCKIDS Digital Library can be read in your web browser or in the APP for a Windows based computer or phone, Chromebook, Mac, Apple devices, Android, or Kindle Fire.

With the importance of reading proficiency being so heavily stressed, it’s more important than ever for children to have easy access to quality reading materials.   The many eBooks in these three free databases are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Dare County Library is pleased to offer multiple free options for parents and children seeking quality eBooks for children.    For more information or to access any of these programs, please visit our website at and then click on “eBooks & eResources” or “Children’s Services”, and then click on one of these links: TumbleBookLibrary, NC Kids Digital Library or Cloud Library.

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