Kathy's Corner

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Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. All you need is your library card.


You can read ebooks in a variety of ways: using a phone, tablet, ereader, laptop, and even from your desktop computer.

Many of the platforms have free downloadable apps, including OverDrive/Libby, Hoopla, and Freading. Depending on the platform, you can download books as Kindle, or read books in your browser or app.


There are so many ways to read ebooks at the library! My top ebook platforms include:

ebooks from OverDrive - for new and bestselling fiction and nonfiction

hoopla - thousands of ebooks, with no waitlist ever also allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone –

OverDrive Kid’s eReading Room - books for kids and fans of kid lit

Freading - thousand of titles from some of today’s top publishers

Gale eBooks - nonfiction books in science, history, social science and more

TumbleBooks - animated talking picture books for kids

OverDrive provides access to the most ebook and audiobook content you’ll find  by pairing with local libraries. They have over two million books and videos, and partner with more than 30,000 libraries. You’ll find the newest audiobook releases through OverDrive, and they’re all free. That means the free Harry Potter audiobooks you’ve been dying to read (or more likely re-read)?

Audiobooks offer a great way to escape while you’re working, cooking, or cleaning. They have also been proven to help struggling readers access literature. But a battle still rages: audiobooks vs. reading. Which side are you on? If you are new to audiobooks, here’s a short guide to getting started with audiobooks at the Free Library.


There are so many ways to listen to audiobooks at the library! Some top audiobook platforms include:

RBdigital - our largest selection of the latest and greatest audiobooks

Audiobooks from OverDrive - for new and bestselling fiction and non-fiction

hoopla - thousands of audiobooks, with no waitlist ever

OverDrive Kid’s eReading Room - audiobooks for kids and fans of kidlit

What if you don’t have a Library Card?

First, get one! You can apply online to most local libraries. Meanwhile - visit: 


Kids everywhere can stream an incredible collection of stories that will help them continue dreaming and learning.

“Operation Storytime” and “Save With Stories”

Here’s how it works: Famous actors and authors post social media videos of themselves reading various children’s books aloud to entertain self-quarantined families whose children are no longer in school  because of public health concerns.


For as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including 100s of children's audio books titles across six different languages. No sign up, no account, just click, stream and listen.

Books Should Be Free

Perfect for introducing a child who is not yet reading or who enjoys listening to stories to literature! Books Should Be Free offers a wide selection of free audio and ebooks including many of the classics.They also have ebook formats for Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader and laptops

Open Culture

This collection provides a list of free educational resources for K-12 students (kindergarten through high school students) and their parents and teachers.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg has 50,000 free ebooks to download or read online. These are books whose copyright has expired, so while they are not “trending,” they do include many classics.

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Dr. Mindy Goes To Africa

We all know that Dr. Mindy Cohan loves animals - she's a veterinarian after all! But what many of you might not know is that Dr. Mindy loves Africa and just returned from an African Safari where she got to see all kinds of animals of the jungle - up close and (very) personal! From walking with gorillas to feeding giraffes and hanging with the elephants ... it was quite the adventure and she stopped by the Kids Corner studios to share her stories with us. We asked Dr. Mindy why she wanted to go to Africa and here is her reply: 

“All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.
― Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa

Hemingway’s words perfectly capture my sentiments about Africa. Everything about the continent from the majestic landscapes to the fascinating cultures to the exotic and beautiful wildlife transcends one’s wildest dreams. Africa has beckoned me since my childhood and I am so grateful that I have now had the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream twice. Our first trip, three years ago, through Tanzania and the Masai Mara of Kenya was amazing, but I felt frustrated in merely observing the animals. Our recent trip was particularly incredible as I was able to interact with elephants, giraffes, rhinos and warthogs. Observing Vervet Monkeys and Rock Hyraxes up close was thrilling. After seeing my trip photos, many have said that they are placing Africa on their “bucket list.” For anyone with a deep love and appreciation of animals, Africa promises to be a trip of a lifetime.

On top of stories, Dr. Mindy has put together an amazing collection of pictures and videos that she took while in Africa. Listen to Dr. Mindy's conversation with Kathy below (it's in two parts) and while you're listening, click the link below and visit her African Safari Gallery to see her stories come to life.

Dr. Mindy Goes To Africa Photo Gallery

Here are the links for the Lewa Conservancy and the Elephant Orphanage that Dr. Mindy mentions in the chat above.



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Every time we have a cold, dark starlit night, I feel like I’m back in my childhood on Long Island, NY, especially around the winter holidays when the darkness gets lit by candles and colorful lights. Some of the families on my block celebrated Christmas. Some of the families on my block celebrated Chanukah. Everybody on my block celebrated snow days---the best winter holidays of all. Since we lived on a corner, snow from surrounding streets was plowed to the front of our house. The snowplows piled snow so high they created our own incredibly cool neighborhood sledding hill!