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By: Karen Mack
For: Red Rock News
Date: June 10, 2011

Upcoming Events: We've kicked off the One World, Many Stories Summer Reading Program and students are invited to stop in or go online to register for it.

  • Tuesday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m. "Taste of Tibet with Naomi Rose" is offered for ages 4 and up.
  • Wednesday, June 22 at 3 p.m.  Famous Juggler James will display his skills for all ages.  Register for a workshop that will follow (for ages 6 and up) by calling the library at 282-7714 or register in person.

Library Offers E-books for Kids

And now for something completely different!  The Sedona Public Library recently subscribed to a collection of online electronic books for children. Over 300 titles can be accessed, right now, through the SPL website.

This e-book addition to our already wonderful children’s book collection should appeal to many families in Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek area. It will provide an opportunity to work on that essential skill of reading while interacting with a technology that many children see as positive and fun. I certainly had a lot of fun exploring the TumbleBookLibrary.

With licensing from various children's book publishers such as Lerner Books, HarperCollins and Candlewick Press, TumbleBook has taken specific children’s titles and converted them to an electronic format. By adding animation, sound, music and narration, TumbleBook has produced a very appealing electronic presentation of each picture book. Children will enjoy both reading and listening to a variety of new and familiar titles. The books are easy to use, with unlimited, free remote access.

Here’s how to find the collection of e-books for children.

  • Get on the internet
  • Go to
  • click TumbleBook icon on right
  • or click ‘Kids’ on left, then click TumbleBook icon.

Once you are in the TumbleBookLibrary you will find online e-books for emerging and independent readers, basically a collection for kindergarten through fifth grade. There are over 200 ‘Story Books’ with original illustrations, audio narration, animation and highlighted text.

Many of the story books are old time favorites such as "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch. You will also find favorite fairy tales and nursery rhymes such as "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Old Mother Hubbard". Other titles include: "Diary of a Worm," “How I Became a Pirate,” "Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10," "One Duck Stuck," and "Tops and Bottoms." It’s fun to see story books come to life in an educational and interactive way.

There are also 93 ‘Language Learning’ books offered in English and Spanish, as well as a few that are narrated in Chinese, Russian and French. ‘Read-Along’ chapter book titles range from a 2.9 accelerated reader level such as “A Puppy is for Loving” by Mary Labatt, to a 7.0, full text e-version of “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Frank L. Baum.  There are also 22 nonfiction titles to enjoy, allowing young readers the opportunity to explore books about real animals, people or places.

Puzzles, games or quizzes accompany most titles and reinforce concepts from the books, allowing for a fun and educational learning experience. A ‘Word Helper’ feature allows you to pause the reading if you would like to hear a sentence repeated, or to click on a vocabulary word in order to hear it pronounced.

Take a TumbleTour by watching the tutorial that can be visited from the bottom of the TumbleBook homepage. Go ahead and click away! Explore the site and discover all that it has to offer. Lots to discover! We at the Sedona Public Library hope that you will enjoy your experience with the TumbleBookLibrary and that it will soon become another resource for literacy skill building, education and entertainment. As always, we welcome your questions, comments and feedback.

Karen Mack
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Karen Mack is Youth Services Librarian of the Sedona Public Library.