TumbleBooks added at Thornton

Nov. 29, 2013 @ 04:28 PM

OXFORD — TumbleBooks and interactive “libguides” are among the latest offerings from Thornton Library.

TumbleBooks are animated talking picture books that can be activated by clicking on an icon on the system’s website, according to Tresia Dodson, the Granville County Library System director.

Provided by Friends of the Library, TumbleBooks are available in English, French and Spanish.

“It marries books and computers,” Dodson said. “It’s a different way to promote reading as a pleasurable activity. Teachers are using it in the classroom. They just love it.”

TumbleBooks was initiated by GCLS in April.

“We had 606 hits in the first month,” Dodson said.

The latest addition is one of many interests available through the website at granville.lib.nc.us.

“We’re in the business of showing you how to get information from the right sources,” Dodson said.

Staff member Victoria Holden has developed interactive “libguides” that provide information for patrons. For example, a current link provides information on the Affordable Care Act and where individuals can get help applying for health coverage.

Other connections include NC LIVE, the Express Library, Wowbrary, a catalog, upcoming events, access to e-Books and audiobooks, and access to passwords for requesting or renewing books.

NC LIVE is a consortium of North Carolina libraries offering free access to resources on topics ranging from career information to consumer topics, history and genealogy.

The library system also reaches out by delivering books and other materials to patrons who live in areas not readily accessible to one of the four branch libraries. In Oak Hill and Wilton, Express Library sites provide lockers, a computer kiosk with access to the library catalog and a book return. From one of those sites a patron can request materials that will be delivered to a locker at the site.

The Express Libraries are located at the Wilton EMS station at 2547 N.C. 96 South next to Wilton Elementary School and at the Oak Hill EMS station at 8061 N.C. 96 North.

The reaction has been positive, Dodson said.

“It’s a way we can bring the library out to them.”

Wowbrary has up to date library offerings. By signing up for the service, a patron receives a weekly notice of new library holdings. When patrons see something that interests them, they can reserve it.

“They can say, ‘I want that book. Put a hold on it,’” Dodson said.

At the library’s four locations, AWE Early Literacy Stations for children offer games for building language and math skills for children from preschool to age 8. The stations are a gift from the Oxford Woman’s Club.

In addition to Thornton Library in Oxford, the system has the South Branch in Creedmoor, the Stoval Branch and the Berea Branch.

Use of the library is free to residents and property owners in Granville County. Out-of-county residents may pay a $15 annual fee to obtain a library card.

Since 2007, two new buildings have been built, Dodson said. Thornton Library was doubled in size, the number of staff was increased and parking space at the main library was more than doubled.

 

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