May 31, 2022
Summer will be here soon! As a teen, you may not be any less busy when school is out. Maybe you’re working more hours at your job, visiting family or spending time with friends. Whatever you're up to, make sure to include reading great books in your summer plans! In addition to visiting your local Marathon County Public Library location or participating in our Summer Reading Club, here are three other ways to access free digital materials for teens this summer:
With Sync, patrons can use a Sora account to read two different audiobooks per week. The program runs from April 28 until August 17. If you don’t have a Sora account through school, you can sign up for a free account. Please note, these books are not borrowed through Libby. Titles include the historical fiction novels When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina and 28 Days by David Safier. The audiobooks can only be downloaded during their featured week, but users may keep them on their device for as long as they like. Visit audiobooksync.com to create an account or to see the list of audiobooks that will be available this summer.
TeenBookCloud is offering free digital access to its entire collection of books and audiobooks, which includes a mix of contemporary novels and classics. All books can be read on demand in your web browser, similar to TumbleBooks. Use the direct link to access this resource: https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=marathon1&P=trial. Enter a username of ‘marathon1.’ The password is ‘trial.’ TeenBookCloud is a middle school to high school collection, and not all content may be suitable for elementary school readers.
For a limited time, the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City is offering teens ages 13–21 a free BPL eCard as part of the library’s "Books Unbanned" campaign. Teens with eCards can borrow from BPL’s full eBook collection—which includes over 12,000 ebooks for teen readers—as well as access BPL’s online learning databases. Out of state cardholders usually have to pay an annual fee of $50 for access to these materials. Visit bklynlibrary.org/books-unbanned for more information on the program.
We hope that these free resources help keep you entertained (and keep you reading) this summer! For more reading suggestions, visit your local MCPL location.
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