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Why do I need multiple accounts for books and eBooks?

To offer you the widest selection of eBooks and downloadable/streaming magazines, audiobooks, movies and music, we partner with a number of suppliers. While we've integrated these offerings into our website where possible, in some cases integration is not possible and separate accounts are required.

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Downloadable Books, Music and Videos

Q: I’ve never downloaded a book before. Where do I start? There are four types of electronic media you can download: eBooks, in Adobe ePub, Adobe PDF and Kindle formats. An eBook is text you read on a computer or mobile device. Audiobooks, in WMA and MP3 formats. Audiobooks are sound files you play on […]

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New Teen Books at Austin Branch

The Best of the Best in teen books has arrived at Austin. We recommend these titles as some of the best books for high school teens published in 2014. 100 Sideways Miles Call Me by My Name Gabi, A Girl in Pieces I'll Give You the Sun Love Letters to the Dead Poisoned Apples The Strange…

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CPL Librarians Pick Best Books of 2014

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s Best of the Best, our list of the very best books published in 2014. We're recommending titles for kids, teens and—this year for the first time—adults. Each year, a team of our librarians evaluates the year’s new books and selects the best books for Chicagoans. Happy reading! Kids Picture Books…

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Celebrate Banned Books Week

We're celebrating the freedom to read with events across the city during Banned Books Week, September 21-27. This year's focus is on banned and challenged comic books and graphic novels. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has released a free Banned Books Week Handbook to help fight censorship and…

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Rethink Gender: Diverse Books for Teens

Photo of pencils in rainbow color order

Currently in the teen writing world, there is a push to see books featuring more diverse characters, themes and narratives. We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization dedicated to addressing the lack of books featuring characters with a variety of backgrounds. Think everything from race to income level to family dynamics. According to their mission statement, "We Need Diverse […]

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Roden Branch Makes Kids Informational Books Easier to Find

At the Roden Branch, we recently rearranged our informational books for kids to make it easier for our younger readers to find something good to check out. We've separated these books into three different areas based on reading level: Early, Beginning Reader and Elementary. Now it's easy to find nonfiction picture books. Our new arrangement…

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Books Meet March Madness

Rooster standing on a fence

March is almost upon us, and that means spring is just around the corner. For many that means the NCAA is gearing up for its big annual single-elimination basketball tournament. Not into basketball, you say? Not to worry. The online news magazine The Morning News has cleverly put together a friendly competition that has, for […]

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Tournament of Books: Pre-Tournament Playoff Round

The Tournament of Books is gearing up for what's promising to be a lot of fun. Before the opening round we are treated to a pre-Tournament match up to decide who will go on in the competition. This match was judged by none other than Geraldine Brooks who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel March. […]

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