Literature, Books & Reading

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General Literature Research

Comprehensive literary biographies written by recognized literary scholars and critics with profiles of more than 143, 000 past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers and playwrights. See Gale Literary Sources
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Offers authoritative full-text reference titles from Gale and other premier publishing partners. Special features include: on-demand machine-aided content translations into 14 languages and text-to-speech technology in 19 languages.
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Illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators. See Gale Literary Sources
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Literary Criticism

Gale Literary Resources

Search Dictionary of Literature Biography, Literature Resource Center, Literary Criticism Online, Something About the Author Online, Twayne's Authors Series and Scribner Writers Series all at once to access primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies.  tutorial


Download free bestseller eBooks and eAudiobooks onto your computer, e-reader device or portable MP3 player, including iPods and iPads. For details please visit eBooks & More page on the Library's web site.
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30,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader  
An online collection of animated, talking picture books  

Reading Resources

Discover our favorite books and apps matched to your child's age and interests.  

Classic video storybooks for beginning readers...with read-aloud, educational games and activities.   

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New Book Alerts
A free online email notification service that showcases the newest titles purchase by the library.  

Online tool for finding fiction by plot, read-alikes, similar authors, includes feature articles and reviews, and book discussion guides. search tips

Join one or more book clubs and receive 5-minute selection from a chapter of a book each day, Monday  through Friday.  
An index of free online texts in all languages,  both general and specialized.  
Look here for ideas of discussable books and discussion topics for your reading group.