Easing into E-Resources: Cloud Resources
Updated: May 23
The Hidden Resource:
You may be familiar with many of the materials that you have access to at our library, such as books, CD's, audio-books, magazines, and DVDs. But are you familiar with the array of resources that are available electronically? Do you know what an electronic resource is? For those of you who are willing to take a journey into the vast world of electronic resources, this blog series is for you.
So maybe I don't mean actual clouds, and I just really liked this image of beautiful clouds. Then what does our collection of cloud resources mean? It means that there are a lot of great stories ready to be listened to, read, and enjoyed by everyone in the family, and they are all free and available to stream online!
Audio Book Cloud
I love a good audiobook. It is one of the main ways that I get any reading done. Personally, I don't think I could ever have enough places to go hunting for audiobooks. In Audio Book Cloud, you can explore more options for titles and stream straight from your device of choice. Audio Book Cloud lets you listen to any title in their collection, even if other people are listening to the same book at the same time. The collection is divided into: Classics, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children, YA, New Books, Spanish Audiobooks, and Romance. When you have picked out a title, just click on the play button and it will start right up! You can pause, stop, or bookmark at any time, as well as choose a previous section or move ahead. You can also pop up a menu of all the tracks in the audiobook if it's easier to navigate through this option. From the index, you can add your favorite titles to "Your Favorites" list and keep them there to listen to in the future without having to search through the whole collection...a great option for parents who have children that like to listen to things over and over again! Also, check out our instructional video on Audio Book Cloud, available through Niche Academy.
Teen Book Cloud
One of my favorite features of Teen Book Cloud is the graphic novel collection! In fact, the graphic novel I enjoyed the most was The Beatles in Comics. But Teen Book Cloud doesn't just have graphic novels. It also has: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama and Poetry, Enhanced E-Books, Videos, AP English, and Audio-books. Another cool collection in Teen Book Cloud is its array of Shakespeare plays. Just when you think you have to take a trip to the library to get a copy...you don't! You can just grab a copy off of the Cloud and get started on that paper that's due tomorrow. Add any of your titles to "Your Favorites" and read them again. You can change the color of the text and/or the color of the background. You can also jot down notes for each chapter. Try it out! Want to learn more? Check out this great instructional video!
Romance Book Cloud
Last but not least, explore the realm of Romance Book Cloud. Do you want an escape from the mundane and repetitiveness of the regular world? Try out some of the novels available in Romance Book Cloud. With an array of sub-genres, and the option to add your reads to "Your Favorites" section through My Cloud, you can keep yourself entertained with this collection of romance novels. Just pick out a topic and begin reading online. I may have even found myself lost in a book while I was doing research for this blog. Explore our Romance Book Cloud instructional video for more guided information!
Not everyone is comfortable or familiar with online databases, and that's where your local librarians can help. Call us during our open hours and we can guide you through using any of our electronic services. Or, if you think you will need more uninterrupted, one-on-one help, then book a librarian and we can work with you individually with Zoom. We like to encourage as much learning and hands-on experience as possible, so gather your notes, prepare to take more notes, and we can guide you through it so you can feel comfortable working on your own!