eBooks for Concord StudentsWith a few taps of a finger, Concord students have 24/7 access to hundreds of eBooks at all levels. How great to have a collection of captivating eBooks students can read (or have read to them) on computers, smartphones, and tablet devices wherever they may be.Though students are in no way expected to have access to eReaders or tablets outside of school, below is a list of eBook resources available free of charge through the media center website for those who do.
MackinViaA brand new collection of eBooks is stored in a management system known as MackinVia. This collection is intended to provide access to eBooks as another means for enjoying books, as additional reading practice, and as a resource for inquiries into science and social studies topics. Titles are purchased individually based on student, staff, and curriculum need.Students are being introduced to MackinVia in both their classrooms and the library. As part of the introduction, they are being encouraged to explore the toolbar for each eBook to discover audio, text, bookmarking, notetaking, dictionary, and page view options. These vary from book to book depending on the publisher.Initial funding for our MackinVia collection was made possible by a grant from the Edina Education Fund with support from the Concord PTO.Access to MackinVia is available through the library website, via the Edina student portal, or by installing the free MackinVia App.
TumbleBooksA large selection of favorite picture book titles is currently available through our paid subscription to TumbleBook Library. Books in the TumbleBook Library feature limited animation with read along, text highlighting and auto page turning options. TumbleBook Library can be accessed through the media center's Books Online webpage.
PasswordsPassword information can be found here after logging into the student portal. Older students will know their Edina usernames and passwords and be able to share them with you. Younger students have not yet started to use their Edina usernames and passwords, but they are available from the media center. Simply send an email to request.
eBooks via Hennepin County Library
With a library card, hundreds of eBooks are available for free download through the Hennepin County Library system. The library is more than happy to assist students in learning the download process. Interested students should bring their eBook device and library card to the media center for a quick lesson. The free Overdrive Media Console app will need to be installed on the device, so please install that in advance if the student is not authorized to install apps on their own.
Recommended eReadersIf you are planning to take advantage of Concord and Hennepin County Public Library eBook offerings, we recommend devices on which students can download and use the free MackinVia, Overdrive Media Console, and/or Kindle Apps. These apps help to streamline the library checkout process, so students can easily manage on their own.The Nook Simple Touch and Glow Touch have proven to be the most challenging for students wanting to download eBooks from the library. With these devices, eBooks must first be downloaded to a computer and then transferred to the eReader, something that is complicated by digital rights management software that can be quite daunting, especially if the computer or device is shared with other family members.
eReader Use at SchoolStudents in grades 3-5 wishing to read from a personal mobile device at school may bring that device to school once they and their parents sign and return Concord's Personal Device Regulations. This document outlines general use guidelines and responsibilities. At this time, cell phones, Smart Phones and iPod Touches are not part of this BYOD learning initiative.
Destiny Quest Library Catalog AppOn a related note, the Destiny Quest Mobile App allows students and parents 24/7 access to our library catalog. Using the app, students can login to search for books, check account information (including books checked out and due dates), place holds, submit and read ratings and reviews from other students, view lists of Top 10 and New Titles, and add books to 'My List'.Get the Destiny Quest Mobile App:
Support for Concord eBook AccessPlease feel free to contact the media center with questions regarding any of the above eBook options, websites or apps, including help with usernames and passwords or troubleshooting.