Read-Along Books on the Libby App

Read-Along books in the Libby app provide audio narration with highlighted words. Access over 700 books with read-along narration! Here’s how:
 Open your Libby app and click on the Search For A Book box at the top.
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Select More Options on the right.
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Next to Format, Select Any and change it to Read-Along books.
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Select Search and browse through all the Read-Alongs!
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Select Borrow to borrow the book you’d like to read. Read Alongs must be read in the Libby app and cannot be transferred to Kindles or other e-readers.
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Resources for Students and Parents Learning from Home

This list was updated on August 26, 2020.

Science

Participate in citizen/crowdsourced science activities that are perfect for adults and older teens.

Kids can read Ranger Rick magazine digital editions free for the next few months. Also explore crafts and fun activities on their website for free through June.

Explore the natural world with science activities for young learners from National Geographic Kids.

Learn about space through ebooks, games, and activities with NASA and Access Mars (NASA & Google).

Explore weather at National Weather Service.

Explore hands-on science projects at Science Buddies and Exploratorium.

Find Science Lessons and Tools for K-12 at ScienceNetLinks.

 

Geography

Explore geography, science, and mapmaking with National Geographic.

Use World Atlas to find out information about the world.

Aquariums and Zoos

Tune in on weekdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. CST, for live Virtual Visits on the Sedgwick County Zoo Facebook page where they bring the Zoo to you with educational tidbits from our keepers and behind the scenes looks at some of your favorite animals.

Enjoy livestreams and educational content from aquariums and zoos across the world:
Atlanta Zoo
Cincinnati Zoo (YouTube link)
Explore.org Live Nature Cams
Georgia Aquarium
Houston Zoo
Monterey Bay Aquarium
National Aquarium
National Marine Sanctuaries
New England Aquarium
San Diego Zoo
Smithsonian National Zoo

 

STEAM

Fun STEAM challenges and games from PBS Kids Design Squad.

Students of all ages can learn to code for free with fun games and activities.

Daily demos, activities & shows from Wichita’s Exploration Place on YouTube.

 

Math

Free publications and lessons from the Math Learning Center for all grades.

Free math videos, interactive lessons, and more for all grades from PBS Kids.

Free math printables and online math games for students in preschool through 5th grade.

Get free math help with algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry, and statistics.

 

Reading

Have fun with free printables and activities from some of your favorite books from Brightly.

Discover new books with Booklist and Book Links, whose content is freely available until further notice.

Read free ebooks and eaudiobooks from APL with the Sunflower eLibrary.

Take virtual tours of libraries around the world.

Free audiobooks perfect for readers aged 0-18. Enjoy books for the littlest listeners, tween and teen audiobooks, classics, and fairytales from Audible.

Older learners will enjoy this video library of non-fiction author interviews and presentations via CSPAN.

 

Arts and Culture

Free online guitar lessons for three months from Fender. No credit card required.

Visit famous museums and galleries for a virtual tour.

Learn history, art, culture, and the sciences with help from Smithsonian Lab.

Lunch doodles with Mo Willems, the author of the Elephant & Piggy books. Everyday at noon on YouTube.

Virtually explore US National Parks:
Bryce Canon National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
Hawaii Volcano National Parks
Kenai Fjords National Park
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National Park
Grand Canyon National Park 

General Education

Get thousands of grab-and-go lesson plans, unit plans, discussion guides, extension activities, and other teaching ideas from Scholastic.

Common Sense Education – Get free distance learning resources for back-to-school.

Virtual School Activities – live educational webcams, virtual tours/trips of museums and historical sights, and other fun educational activities.

New free daily activities and videos for young children and their families, part of the New York State Library early reading initiative.

Learners in pre-K to 9th grade can enjoy day-by-day projects and learn at home with free help from Scholastic.

Make learning at home easy with free videos, lesson plans, and activities for learners in PreK to 12th grade from PBS Kids.

Great free printables, free worksheets for writing prompts, telling time, math, sight words and more!

Learn American history from learner.org in 26  interactive units from WGBH Boston in cooperation with the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration, and with the assistance of Instructional Resources Corporation.

 

Kansas State Library Resources

Check out these resources available for free with your Kansas State Library card. Don’t have a Kansas State Library card? Send us an email, we can help!

(hint: click on the image below to open a PDF with clickable links!)

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Using Libby – the Overdrive/Sunflower eLibrary App

Overdrive, or the Sunflower eLibrary, is a great way to check out ebooks and audiobooks from the Andover Public Library.

The easiest way to use Overdrive and the Sunflower eLibrary on your mobile device is with the Libby app.

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 1. Download the Libby app from the app store onto your mobile device.

 

 2. In Libby, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with a valid library card.

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Your barcode is the fourteen-digit number from the back of your card and your password is your last name in lowercase letters. If you have trouble logging in, please call the library at (316) 558-3500.

If you have cards at multiple libraries, you can load each card into Libby at the same time.

3. Once you are logged in, you will see the front page of your library. You can “Search For A Book” at the top and access your account details by clicking on the image of a girl.

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4. To search for a book, select the words “Search For A Book” at the top next to the magnifying glass and type the name of the book, subject, or author.

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Once you select the correct choice, you will see which ebooks and audiobooks the library has for your search.

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5. You can further refine your search by clicking on either “Preferences” or “Refine” to narrow your search by language, audience, ereader compatibility, and availability.

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6. To borrow an ebook or audiobook, select the text that says “Borrow” and complete the borrowing process.

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7. Choose between checking out the item for 7 or 14 days and select “Borrow!” You can also see how many items you have checked out and on hold on this screen.

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You are limited to borrowing five items at a time and having up to seven items on hold.

8. If the item is unavailable, simply select “Place Hold” to get on the hold list.

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9. Then, select “Place Hold!” to complete the hold process.

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 10. To see which items you have checked out, simply select the “Shelf” button on the bottom right of the screen.

Here, you can see the items you have borrowed under Loans, items you have requested under Holds, any items you have tagged, and your borrowing activity.

On this screen, you can also read or listen to a book in the app and manage your loan.

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11. By selecting “Manage Loan” in the Shelf screen, you can renew your loan, return the loan to the library, send the ebook to your Kindle app, tag the book, and view the title details, including a description of the book.

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Should you have any questions about using Libby, Overdrive, and the Sunflower eLibrary, APL staff are always happy to answer questions.

Happy reading!

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Using Overdrive and the Sunflower eLibrary

Overdrive, or the Sunflower eLibrary, is a great way to check out ebooks and audiobooks from the Andover Public Library.

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To begin, in your web browser, go to https://sunflowerelibrary.overdrive.com/sunflowerelibrary-andover/content

 

1. Click the Sign In button on the top right of the page

 

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2. Select Andover Public Library from the pull-down menu.

 

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3. Enter your fourteen-digit barcode number from the back of your card. Your password is your last name in lowercase letters.

 

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4. Once you’re logged in, you will see the Sign In button is now My Account. From here, you can view your loans and holds, see which items you have on your wish list, which items you’ve rated, and change your account settings.

 

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5. To search for an ebook, audiobook, author, or subject/genre, select the Search button. You can search by title, author, and genre! Interested in crime books? Search “Crime.” Interested in all books by John Grisham? Search “John Grisham.” Interested in Regency romance novels? Search “Regency Romance.” Give it a try!

 

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6. The search results will show audio and ebooks both. You can filter your search by selecting the categories to the left. To search for all available titles, select Available Now under Availability. To limit your search to ebooks or audiobooks, select the appropriate item under Ebooks and Audiobooks.

 

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If an ebook or audiobook is available, an orange bar with the words Available will show at the top of the cover image (see “The Rooster Bar” in the image below). If a book is checked out, a white bar with the words Wait List will show at the top of the cover image (see “The Reckoning” in the image below).

 

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7. To find out more information about a book, select the book’s image or title. This will allow you to read a short description of the book, see what formats it is available in, read a sample, and either check the item out or place it on hold.

 

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8. To place a hold on an ebook or audiobook from the search screen, select the Place a Hold button below the title. The pop-up notification will show you where you are in line for that item and how many copies the library owns. You will also see several “read-a-likes” that you might want to check out! When the item is available, you will receive an email.

 

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9. To check out an item from the search screen, select the Borrow button below the title. Choose whether you’d like the item for 7 or 14 days and again select Borrow

 

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You have the option to read the ebook in the browser, download an EPUB version, or read with your Kindle. With audiobooks, you can listen in the browser or download an MP3 version.

 

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Should you have any questions about using Overdrive and the Sunflower eLibrary, APL staff are always happy to answer questions.

Happy reading!

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