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Books
eBooks

You can get eBooks a few different ways:
1)  Visit the eBook vendor's site, sign up / log in, and search / browse
  • Overdrive - new, popular eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Enki - small & independent publishers
  • OpenLibrary.org - very large collection of older, more obscure books
  • Safari - IT books from O'Reilly, Que, SAMS, etc.
  • EBSCO - fairly new books, all in PDF format
2)  Use the library catalog
  • Search by keyword, title or author
  • On left side of screen under Format, click Books - eBook or Audiobooks - Downloadable Audiobook
  • Click a title and look for "Connect to this.." link on left side.
  • You are taken to the particular eBook vendor who carries that item
3)  Find eBooks that are compatible with your reading device, by using this comparison chart.

 BookBrowse for LibrariesBookBrowse
BookBrowse for Libraries is a unique hybrid between a readers' advisory database and an online magazine by combining rich content with a user-friendly, fully searchable interface that links back to the library's catalog. Key features include:
  • 80+ previews and 30+ in-depth reviews each month
  • Browse and cross-reference by more than 70 subjects and themes
  • Fully searchable archives of thousands of books, including excerpts, reviews, and author biographies
  • Read-alike suggestions from all recommended books
  • Resources and reading guides for book clubs
  • Summaries of reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, The New York Times, and other reputable sources
Menlo Park library card required for home use of BookBrowse.

Literature ResourcesLiterature Resources
Literature Resources lets you research authors and their works, literary movements, and genres. Search across several major literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews.

Language & Reading Skills
Mango Languages
Mango Languages
Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. 
Menlo Park library card required for home use of Mango.

Little PimLittle Pim Logo
Little Pim lets children age 0-6 learn language skills in English and 9 other languages.
Menlo Park library card required for home use of Little Pim.


Reading HorizonsReading Horizons logo
Reading Horizons provides reading instruction for beginning or struggling readers in grades K-3.  First register with MPL children's librarian Michelle Burnham (330-2531), and then access Reading Horizons here.  Get a detailed overview by visiting the Reading Horizons website.

BookFlix BookFlix
BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic. Menlo Park residents can access Bookflix through this website. Residents of unincorporated Menlo Park must enter Bookflix though the San Mateo County libraries' website, and residents of other cities must enter through their own local library's site.
Still need more? Depending on where your home library is (look on the back of library card for city name), you may be able to access other PLS databases.