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Director's Column

PLSJC Director Alan Hall writes a weekly column discussing library and community news, history, and other interesting subjects.

Tumble Books Library

By Alan Hall, Director, PLSJ
Publish Date - Sunday, May 08, 2016

In the 20 years the library system has had a Web Page; we have tried to figure out how it fits into the system and what purpose it serves to us and all the library users who utilize the page.

 

The problem is that it is a “work-in-progress,” never finished, never complete, always in a state of continuous change.

 

During its early days, the Web Page was simply an online billboard advertising the library system and its branch locations, addresses, phone numbers, and later; email addresses.

 

Our online catalog of the library collection was added when that became available.  Later the catalog became interactive with the public, making searching and requests something that could be done from home.

 

Online databases provided by our library system and the Ohio Public Library Information System have grown with each passing year.

 

Our Web Page at www.steubenvillelibrary.org has now grown to the point that it is another “Branch Library” of the system generating its own statistics and users.

 

It only exists out in cyberspace and you can’t physically touch it, just like the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

The development of eBooks has given the Web Page a whole new set of resources, with about 400,000 eBooks that can be downloaded by the public into whatever device you have and use in your life.

 

Now, we have added another new resource to our Web Page called the “Tumble Book Library,” an online library of resources for young children.

 

It can be found under both the “E-Resources” and “E-Book” sections of our Web Page and can be accessed with your Library Card.  Yes, that old-fashioned card opens the door to thousands of things for children.

 

It is divided into story books, read a longs, eBooks, graphic novels, nonfiction, videos, math stories, language learning, playlists, and games & puzzles.

 

Books range from ABC books to old classics like “Anne of Green Gables” and “When Pigs Fly.”

 

There are sing-alongs and read-a longs and more National Geographic videos than I knew exist.

 

The neat thing to me, as the one who negotiates contracts for these online resources, is that there is no limitation on the number of simultaneous users that can access any one item.

 

E-book publishers are a difficult lot to deal with as they always have some restriction on the number of people using a title, and the number of times a title can be used before they want more money.

 

Not with Tumble Books!  Anything you see, you can download or use.

 

You can also “build your cloud” under a secondary login to create your own library within Tumble Books.

 

Need technical help?  It is all contained on 3 pages within the site.  And all you adults out there know that your kindergartener can explain it all to you.

 

My first experience with Tumble Books found me in the puzzles & games section trying first this one and that one.

 

The giggling in my office brought a staff member to the door inquiring “What are you doing?”

 

“Umm, well, umm, I am reviewing a new library resource,” was my answer to the confused library staffer.

 

So, based on my experience, Tumble Books is for young children, right up to age 62.