Kia ora Stay Home Book Club friends!
We've been getting some questions about borrowing books and other e-resources from libraries while Aotearoa is under Level 4 lockdown conditions, so here are some of our ideas. Please let us know if you have any useful tips to add to this blog post! You can email communications (at) read-nz.org to share them with us.
You don't need to have a special e-reader to borrow e-resources from your library. You can download the Libby app, for example, onto your phone or a tablet.
Here's a fun idea for a family story session: download a library audiobook to your phone via your library's app, plug that into a blue-tooth speaker if you have one and set up a spot indoors or out with a picnic blanket, cushions and snacks!
Listening to an audiobook and story counts as an entry in the Stay Home Book Club.
Your local library
Find a library near you by checking out this map. Most libraries in New Zealand are still operating online services. These can include a wide selection of ebooks, emagazines and enewspapers. You can also borrow audiobooks.
If you are not a member of your local library, then you should be able to apply for membership online.
Auckland Libraries offer a wide range of e-resources: click here to learn more
The Libby App - Lots of New Zealand libraries have access to Libby and it has huge archives. You need to download the app and then log in with your library card. There are a number of other apps used by libraries, such as BorrowBox, uLibrary and OverDrive.
Other free e-resources
Do check out our list of free audio and video stories from Aotearoa here.
meBooks - An New Zealand service which publishes online versions of nNew Zealand books, including some very recent tiles.
The Gutenberg Project - A huge library of free Ebooks which are no longer covered by copyright.
Libvriox - An online archive of audiobooks of books that are no longer in copyright. The books are read by volunteers around the world.
Wellington Library's #StayAtHomeFest is updated daily with interesting online resources for you to check out.