Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Enjoy eBooks, Audiobooks, and Magazines Anytime, Anywhere

Enjoy popular titles for FREE from the comfort of home with your library card.

Fairfield Free Public Library is proud to offer you FREE best-selling and classic eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines available 24/7 from the new PALS Plus eLibrary digital collection, [http://elibrary.palsplus.org]. 


You can browse the collection, borrow with your library card, and enjoy on your computer, tablet, smartphone or eReader device. Most borrowed eBooks can be enjoyed immediately in your web browser with OverDrive Read.

 Or, you can download eBooks into free software, Adobe® Digital Editions, or send to your Kindle® device or app. Downloaded eBooks can be transferred to eReader devices such as NOOK®, Sony® Reader™ and many more.

Audiobooks  can be downloaded into OverDrive® Media Console™ (just MP3 audiobooks for Mac® users). Once downloaded, titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod® and many others. 

Users with smartphones or tablets can install the OverDrive Media Console app to directly download EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks to their device. No matter how you plan to enjoy, titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

Magazines come in the Nook format and do not expire. You can read them forever on your device. They can be downloaded to a Nook or to the free Nook app for Android, IOS or Windows 8.
With thousands of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, this new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. For the first time, we will be offering collections especially for children and young adults. Your whole family can enjoy best-selling novels, picture books, chapter books, Harry Potter stories, the latest recipes, biographies, self-improvement guides, and much more all on your own time, wherever you may be.


Our new site, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. To get started enjoying eBooks, audiobooks and magazines, visit http://elibrary.palsplus.org. You can find helpful tools and information, as well as a link to contact support.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln: A Primary Source Set Honoring Three Presidents

This blog post is hosted by the Library of Congress.
This post is co-authored by Cheryl Lederle and Danna Bell-Russel.
President’s Day? Presidents Day? Or Presidents’ Day?
Officially, it’s none of the above. By law, February 22 is called George Washington’s Birthday, but many now use the day to honor or commemorate all U.S. presidents. One easy way to help your students explore the legacy of three great presidents is by using a primary source set from the Library of Congress, Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln: Three Great Presidents.
Thomas Jefferson
As most readers know, primary source sets provide access to a collection of primary source items that are easy to download and print. They also include a teacher’s guide with background information and suggestions on ways to help teachers use these resources to encourage engagement and critical thinking and content understanding. This particular primary source set includes items suitable for teaching younger students.
In addition to the “Suggestions for Teachers” included with the primary source set, you could ask students to:
Abraham Lincoln and his Family
  • Use the analysis tool to guide a closer look at one of the portraits. What do they think was the purpose of the portrait? What point of view was the painter trying to portray?
  • Compare images of presidents from the past and present to see how presidents have been depicted in history and how that has changed over time.
  • Create a description of what it means to look like or to be a leader.  Do the images within the collection of portraits or in the primary source set show the presidents looking like a leader? Why or why not?
Looking for other images of presidents? Library experts have assembled a collection of presidential portraits that teachers can use to supplement the images in the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln Primary Source Set.