Reading is one way for people of any age to learn new information, stretch their understand of other countries and new cultures as well as lose yourself in a fictional landscape in a way that changes not only how you see yourself but how you relate to the world around you.
While Metro Detroit libraries may be shuttered for a short time while we’re collectively socially distancing, there are still many of its overall resources available to anyone with interest and a library card. Thankfully, librarians are opening up applications for cards online, so if you don’t have one handy you can sign up fairly quickly.
And if you’re having trouble concentrating on the written word, don’t fret. You can look at libraries like the Detroit Public Library or the Royal Oak Public Library among others who have great digital photography collections online. You can view the old Motor City as well as fabulous photo collections from talented artists over the past century with just a few clicks.
You can download books to use on your e-reader for free. You can check out audio books for listening to on a walk or when doing chores around the house. You can look at amazing pictures through digital collections. And you can find independent films and movies you may not have found in the theaters through library resources.
Here are some free ways to check out materials via your local library as well as inter-library loans.
Hoopola: This digital streaming platform is one way for library lovers to find new entertainment. There is music. There are eBooks. There are digital movies. You can borrow anything available instantly so it is immediately available on your smartphone or tablet.
Overdrive: If you love searching titles for your next great read, this app and online tool is a great way to see new books, check out classic titles and find out suggestions that may fit your reading style. There are more than 10,000 titles on this app for all ages and interests, both fiction and nonfiction. You sign on with your local library and then you can check out books and audiobooks for 14 to up to 21 days. It’s the ultimate lending library.
Libby: This library resource also lets you find and borrow eBooks and digital audiobooks, but some people say it is a little easier to use than Overdrive. This may be a good place to search with your kids to find new authors and check out series that your whole family may love, especially if you like to read out loud to one another.
RBDigital: This free app allows you to read tons of full-color magazines on a tablet or a smartphone. You will find big national titles as well as local magazines on this easy-to-use platform. There also are a pretty good selection of international titles to look through and dream of days and travel to come.
Kanopy: There are more than 26,000 films available for free through this streaming service that caters to your more eclectic tastes. There are selections from the criterion Collection, PBS Collections as well as hard-to-find indie and foreign titles. You’ll find many award-winning filmmakers on this platform, and you can stream it over a smartphone easily.