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At the Omaha Public Library, it’s not uncommon to see children leaving libraries with their full allowance of checked-out items. It’s great to see kids learning and having fun while doing it. For parents, however, lugging dozens of books at once can create challenges at times, especially when going on vacation or a daytime outing. The solution? TumbleBooks.

The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books designed to teach young children the joys of reading. A child can choose from hundreds of titles, including fiction and nonfiction, chapter books and graphic novels, and even National Geographic videos.

Further educational resources such as lesson plans, quizzes, educational games and puzzles related to math and language skills are also available. TumbleBooks are available in English, Spanish and French, and the online library allows children and parents to customize their experience by building their own playlist, and adding favorite titles to the “My Favorites” section for easy access at any time.

Getting started with TumbleBooks is easy. Visit omahalibrary.org and click on the Resource Center. Under the “Kids” category, select “Books & Reading,” and TumbleBooks will be listed under the list of databases. All one needs to get started is your library card. Technical requirements for TumbleBooks are listed under the “help” tab. Of course, help is always available at your local Omaha Public Library branch.

When it comes to kids and reading, digital and print book formats have been explored in a variety of articles and research studies. While each format has its benefits in the development of literacy skills, the bottom line is that children don’t have to pick one or the other. They have a lot to learn from both types of reading tools, and, fortunately, you can find both at the Omaha Public Library.

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