Spanish Language Virtual Library Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Spanish Language Virtual Library Resources

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The resources listed in this newsletter are in Spanish but you are welcome to visit the following links for information in English:

While Austin Public Library branches are closed, you can enjoy the resources we offer you through the Virtual Library. The only thing you need is an E-Card. Do you not have one? Do not worry! You can apply for an eCard without needing to leave the comfort of your home. This electronic card is free for Austin residents, and costs $22 for non-residents. If you already have an APL Card, you already have access to the Virtual Library.

Through Austin Public Library’s Virtual Library you can enjoy access to E-books, audiobooks, virtual learning resources, entertainment, magazines and newspapers and homework and research help. Here are some of our resources that we recommend:

MakeMake has 300 Spanish-language eBooks for children of all ages. The collection includes picture books, read-along books and interactive books where youth may read and simultaneously listen to the text. The interface and search are also in Spanish for you to access its contents more easily.

TumbleBook Library
The TumbleBook Library is a collection of animated, talking picture books, educational games and puzzles available in English, French and Spanish for younger children.

Brainfuse
Provides online tutoring for students in grades K-12 and adult learners. Live tutors are available every day from 2 PM - 11 PM.

Overdrive
Here you can find E-books and audio books for all ages and about many different topics. If you prefer, you may use Libby , and app designed by Overdrive, which allows you to access the same content, via an easier platform. You can also use our catalog to find electronic books and downloadable audio books. If would like to learn some tips on how to use the catalog click here .

Hoopla
This is one of our most popular services. It offers entertainment for everyone in the family: movies, TV programs, music, audio books and graphic novels, all in digital format.

Ciudadanía Americana [ United States Citizenship]
With this guide to becoming a United States Citizen, you can study and practice the 100 questions for the US Citizenship exam.

Mango Languages
Through this service you can not only learn or improve your English, but you can also learn more than 70 additional languages. You many change the interface to Spanish in order to facilitate your learning.

Inglés en 100 días [English in 100 days]
Another virtual resource which allows Spanish speakers to learn or to perfect their English. Organized in 100 intensive sessions, this program offers 800 videos and 2000 exercises. Users may make unlimited teacher inquiries and have access to various online dictionaries.

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO READ NEXT?

Here are a few suggestions for you to read while at home (in Spanish):

Sink in Magic Realism When we are surrounded mostly by bad news, one great way to escape reality is to dive into the world of magic realism.

When we are in a hurry… short stories If you are super busy and you feel like you can’t concentrate reading a long book, perhaps short stories are something you should try. These are short, quick and impactful.

Science Fiction E-Books If you think about it, even the title of this list sounds like science fiction.

You can also read while you listen Listening to books read out loud is not cheating. Have you tried it?

Biography, history, recipes, advice… a bit of everything Sometimes it is hard to decide what to read. What is the solution? Read a bit of everything!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE HISTORY?

The Austin History Center is looking for stories, art, photographs and other forms of expression that people from our community may be producing as a way to cope with COVID-19. Get in touch and share with us your poetry, drawing, painting, video or anything else that you consider capable of documenting this historic moment.

DO YOU NEED HELP HOMESCHOOLING?

We created a LibGuide with educational resources that can help you now that your children are studying at home.

DO YOU LIKE TO FIND RELIABLE ABOUT COVID-19?

Our LibGuide on COVID-19 provides you with information on how to keep yourself and your family safe as well as information on organizations providing help in case you need it.

HOW DO YOU GET IN TOUCH WITH THE LIBRARY?

If you would like to keep informed of Library news, services and programs, follow us in our Facebook & Twitter pages in Spanish.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

If you need to communicate with us via client services, please call us at 512-974-7475 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you would like to contact a librarian, you may do so through chat, e-mail using the Ask a Librarian service, you may also call via telephone at 512-9747400 or through text at: al 512-337-4893.

SERVICE CHANGES

The following service changes are effective until further notice:

  • Due dates for items due during the closure have been extended and will be modified as needed while the Austin Public Library remains closed
  • Book drops are CLOSED during this time. Please hold on to your items until we reopen
  • ALL programs and events at libraries are CANCELED, such as story times, club meetings, community talks, computer classes, public meetings, building rentals, etc.
  • HOLDS
    • Holds that are currently ready for pickup will be available when the library reopens
    • Customers will not receive hold notification emails during the closure
    • NO new holds may be placed during the closure period
  • Library Cards set to expire during the closure period will be extended through the closure period
  • Library Cards that expired prior to the closure period can be renewed online

PUBLIC CLOSURE
All Austin Public Library locations, The Austin History Center and Recycled Reads are closed to the public. Austin Public Library will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments with the help of Austin Public Health, the City of Austin, and its partner agencies. Decisions to reopen the library system will be based on the COVID-19 situation. Austin Public Library will seek to balance the safety and health of our community with its commitment to serving our citizens.