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Many digital services available through KYL

Keep reading, learning while staying at home

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship Kendall Young Library patrons can download books to their smart phone or tablet with the help of an app. Patrons can also request materials to pick up at the library doors during the facility’s closure

Even though it’s closed to the public right now, local residents can still access a myriad of materials from the Kendall Young Library through its online resources.

Library Director Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes said the library staff is looking at other options that might be added if the library must continue to be closed. Lubberstedt-Arjes said the library will tentatively reopen on May 1.

Of course, curbside pickup is still available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but for those who don’t want to go out, the online resources may be a great alternative.

Here are some of the resources available to readers now:

Overdrive: Access downloadable books, movies, audiobooks and magazines at bridges.overdrive.com. This database is shared with all the libraries of Iowa. Lubberstedt-Arjes said Kendall Young Library will be adding more content for just its patrons.

To borrow eBooks for phone, Kindle or tablet, download Libby by Overdrive from the app store. Install and open the app. The app will ask “Do You Have a Library Card?” Tap yes. Search for Kendall Young Library by name, zip code, or let Libby guess using your phone GPS. Tap on “sign in with my library card” Enter the library card number and password. Readers can search for specific books or browse the collection.

Bridges is what the digital book collection is called. It’s powered by a brand called Overdrive.

For older devices, use OverDrive to borrow library books on phone, tablet or Kindle. Get the OverDrive app in the app store. Sign in. Even if your don’t have an overdrive account, you can sign in with a library card number. Search for Kendall Young Library by name or zip code. Once signed in, tap the menu button and then tap Bridges to go to the catalog. Open the menu and click sign in. Sign in with your library card number and phone number. Click login. From there you can browse or search to find a book or audiobook.

No library card? No problem. Readers can get immediate access to OverDrive by visiting http://kyl.tlcdelivers.com:8086/onlineBorrowerRegistration.html.

Rbdigital: Kendall Young Library subscribes to Rbdigital, a service that provides cover-to-cover, full color digital editions of popular magazines. Once an account is set up, patrons can read magazined on their computer or download them to a smartphone or tablet using the Rbdigital app. There are no due dates, so the magazines can be kept as long as the reader likes. There are also no limits the number of magazines that can be downloaded. Some of the titles are Better Homes and Gardens, Cook’s Illustrated, The Economist, Family Fun, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Health, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Popular Mechanics and others.

Audiobooks are also available at Rbdigital. To access Rbdigital, use the following URL: http://councilbluffsia,rbdigital.com. To create an account, users will beed an active library card and pin number, and an email account. Go to the website and click on register at the top right of the library. Enter your first name, last name, email, username, password, zip code and library card number. Select Kendall Young Library as the library. Remember to mark the “I agree” statement. Click on register.

TumbleBooks has ebooks for kids. No library card is needed. Visit https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/Home.aspx?categoryID=77. The site features animated, talking books which teach kids the roy of reading. TumbleBook Library takes existing picture books, adds animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book. Kids can ready the boo themselves or have it read to them. Also included are read alongs, nonfiction books, picture books in French and Spanish, puzzles and games.

Brainfuse JobNow and VetNow is a multi-faceted resource offering skill building, job and resume coaching, college skills and more. Prep for college-oriented skills or get a resume reviewed by a professional. VetNow has targeted resources for veterans looking to re-enter the job force or update skills.

BrainFuse also has an adult learning center. Study for the GED tests, improve Microsoft Office Skills, write a resume, or achieve learning and career path goals with live one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center and online resources. No library care is need to access the site.

Visit the site at https://www.brainfuse.com/highed/home.asp?a_id=D8702D5E&ss=&r=

Transparent Language is a personal language-learning system that used a multi-format process for learning a foreign language. A library card is needed. Lubberstedt-Arjes said the program is much like Rosetta Stone. Visit the site at https://library.transparent.com/kendallyoungia/game/ng/#/login.

Digital Archives of Hamilton County can be accessed from the Kendall Young Library website, www.kylib.org. Click on the elibrary link and then digital archives. The site features Hamilton County’s newspapers from 1857 through 2015. No library card is needed.

Gale Databases features general information, Chilton auto repair, health and more. The database is geared for elementary age through adult. A library card is needed to access the site, www.galepages.com/iakyoung.

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