This holiday season, give the special children in your life the gift of a good book. The books listed below were selected by WPL Youth Services Librarians.
The Library offers electronic books and downloadable audiobooks for Wilmette and Kenilworth patrons through two services, My Media Mall and OneClickdigital. There are many children's and young adult titles available, which you can locate on those sites or through the Library catalog.
An e-book is a text- and image-based publication you can download onto your computer, e-reader, or other portable device such as a Nook, Kindle, or iPad. You read an e-book.
A downloadable audiobook, also called an e-audiobook, is a recorded publication you can download onto your computer or portable listening device such as an mp3 player, iPod, or iPhone. You listen to a downloadable audiobook.
E-books and downloadable audiobooks can be a convenient alternative to traditional books and audiobooks. After some initial set-up on your computer or device, you can download them for free, 24/7. You can download many titles onto a single device, creating a portable library.
When you download an e-book or audiobook from the Library, it is "checked out" to you for a one-week or two-week period, as you choose. After that, the file simply becomes unavailable to you—no overdue fines!
My Media Mall and OneClickdigital have different catalogs, so if you don't see the book you want in one, the other may have it. They also have slightly different technology requirements. E-books and downloadable audiobooks also appear in the Library catalog.
Sign into My Media Mall using your library card number. Before you start, you may want to read this introduction. Depending on your device, you may also need to download and activate free software onto your computer before using it. For instructions, consult the Help section.
To find items specifically for young people, click "Advanced Search." Choose the type of file from the Format dropdown menu. Then choose Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Literature, Juvenile Nonfiction, or Children's Video from the Subject dropdown menu.
My Media Mall also has videos, especially documentaries, available for download.
The first time you use OneClickdigital, you will need to create a free account using the link in the upper right-hand corner. For instructions on downloading e-books and audiobooks, consult the Help section.
We know that downloading e-books and audiobooks can be initially confusing, so please do not hesitate to call or visit the Library. We will do our best to assist you!
Even if you don't own an e-reader, you can try one at the Library. The Youth Department owns a Sony Reader and a Nook Color which are available for in-library use; sign them out at the Youth Desk. The Library also has Nooks available for check-out to Wilmette and Kenilworth patrons. All e-readers are pre-loaded with books for children and adults.
Read a good book and want to tell the world? Post your thoughts about it here! After your review is approved by a Wilmette Youth Librarian, it will appear in our Kids' Book Blog. Thanks for sharing!