BOOKS, PUZZLES & MORE
Did you know?
As a Lansing Community Library card holder you have access to an impressive physical collection of books, magazines, movies, video games and audiobooks at 33 Finger Lakes Library System member libraries. In addition, your card also gives you access to a growing number of digital resources detailed below.
Libby, by OverDrive | downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines
Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive. You can even send and read your borrowed ebooks to your Kindle ereader (U.S. only)! It’s free and easy to get started for new users and a streamlined experience for current OverDrive app users. Learn more.
If you are reading on an older device or a Fire tablet, want to view our selection of streaming videos, or require the use of a screen reader, you can enjoy our digital collection using the classic OverDrive app. If using a computer, you may also choose to discover titles using our digital collection website.
Getting Started with Libby & FAQs
Getting Started with Overdrive
Tumble Books Library
TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking books that are created from existing books. TumbleBooks also includes puzzles, games and quizzes and a collection of books in foreign languages. The entire site can also be viewed in Spanish and French. TumbleBooks may be viewed on library Internet computers or at home!
rb digital access to current and back issues of popular magazines
rb digital provides access to current and back issues of popular magazines. New issues are often released simultaneously with the print edition. Browse titles by title or category. Read magazines on a computer (both PC and Apple) or use the rb digital for Libraries app and download magazines to an iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Android, and Kindle Fire HD/HDX. No borrowing limit and no returns.
Mango Languages is a personalized, adaptive-language learning experience that provides the tools and guidance you need to expand your language skills wherever and however you learn best. Over 70 languages to choose from! Create an account to keep track of your progress, or just continue as a guest to explore.
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
NoveList K-8 Plus
NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers. In the catalog, go to Literature & Books to access NoveList. You will need to login with your library card.
NoveList Plus Fiction, Non-Fiction & Audiobook Guide
NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory resource. Enjoy reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks. Browse by topic, age, reading (Lexile) level, and access hundreds of reading lists, such as “Top 10” and “Best of.” In the catalog, go to Literature & Books to access NoveList. You will need to login with your library card.
Any person who lives, works, attends school or pays property taxes in New York State is eligible to receive a New York Public Library card free of charge. With an NYPL card you can access their e-book collection, and digital collections.
More Online Resources
These resources are not part of the Library collection, but can be a good resource for when you can't get to the Library! For a updated listing of online resources being made available during school and library closings, see the list at amazingeducationalresources.com.
Art for Kids Hub (YouTube)
Artrageous with Nate (YouTube)
Artrageous with Nate is a six-time Emmy award winning video series. He travels the globe exploring where creativity is happening, and his interactive videos are meant to stimulate creativity and a hands-on activity at home.
BreakoutEDU Fun @ Home
BreakoutEDU has offered a collection of digital games based on breakout boxes that students can play at home.
Chrome Music Lab
Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.
Doodles Academy is a free art curriculum provides art projects that offer authentic art experiences for students -- every student makes their own artistic decisions and walks away from the project with an artwork unique to them. Each project includes video tutorials and thorough lesson plans so that anyone can feel comfortable teaching art, regardless of their background or experience level. More, the art projects are aligned to topics and themes found in literacy, math, social studies, and science, so while students work through an art project they are building knowledge and context around other subjects.
Facts for Me
Facts for Me is a safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering -- free 24/7 access to the site. (Login with USERNAME: read (case sensitive); PASSWORD: read (case sensitive))
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Author/illustrator Mo Willems is offering live-stream visits to his studio during his artist residency at the Kennedy Center.
Robot Week! Home-based Art Making
Nashville-based elementary art teacher Cassie Stephens created a week-long daily series of creating centered around the theme of Robots. Drawing, colographs, foil printing, and more. Her site also has many more projects and ideas.
Santat Online Survival School
Author/illustrator Dan Santat has developed a new fun online learning program for kids and parents. Earn Badges. Learn skills. Don’t panic!
Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic’s Learn at Home program allows students to keep learning while schools are closed. Every day, students can participate in four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.
Missing storytime? Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Several libraries are streaming their storytimes online:
Fairview Free Public Library – via YouTube and Facebook Live
Ann Arbor District Library – via YouTube
Brooklyn Public Library – via Facebook Live
Northvale Public Library – via Facebook Live
Mulvane Public Library – via Facebook Live
Meriden Public Library – via Facebook Live
Rahway Public Library – via Facebook Live
Maywood Public Library – via Facebook Live
The Lansing Community Library created a puzzle collection in 2015 that patrons may check out just like they check out other collection items. Stop in and browse the offerings that are located on the ground floor near the non-fiction room.
The Lansing Community Library recently grew its collection of board games and card games that patrons may use in the library. Browse our list of games, and feel free to make suggestions for games you would like to see added!