Downloading audiobooks from your library is easy! All you need is an Internet-connected computer and your Drake Community Library card with Personal Identification Number (PIN). Once downloaded, titles may be enjoyed on your computer or transferred to an eBook reader or Android device.
A grant from Grinnell College has enabled Drake Community Library to offer this service.
Books and other materials that are not in Drake Community Library’s collection may be borrowed from other libraries across the state and the nation. You may search other Iowa library offerings through SILO (State of Iowa Libraries Online) Locator. Once you have located a book you would like to read, you can submit your request using the MATERIALS SUGGESTION FORM.
You may also search the world’s largest catalog of library materials to identify items you would like to borrow. Your local library will then request the item for you. Search at http://www.worldcat.org/.
Make a suggestion for purchase
When possible, materials will be added to the collection at the suggestion of library users. You may submit your request using the MATERIALS SUGGESTION FORM.
Fantastic Fiction is an extensive database of authors and books. Search for your favorite author and see all his or her books in order, sorted by series. Contains over 25,000 brief author biographies. You can find new books, books that will be published soon, and read-alikes.
Discover your next great book at this book review website, bookpage.com
Library Thing allows you to catalog your own personal library!
Go to www.librarything.com where you can create a mini database of everything you have ever read or all the contents of your home library! This website also offers ways to network and chat with others about what you are reading.
What should I read next?
The library’s online catalog is enhanced with features that can help you find your next read. Just search on a book that you have enjoyed… and the system will suggest “similar books” that you might also enjoy. The catalog has a tagging feature that will help you find other titles in that category or subject area. Give it a try!
“Also try the “What should I read next?” website.
If you love a cozy mystery you will love this website. It includes listings by theme, for example “Teachers as Sleuths” or “Golfing Mysteries”… see http://www.cozy-mystery.com
Looking for the next title in a series or need a listing of an author’s work? Try FANTASTIC FICTION to search by author or title.
Short Stories Online
Browse by title, author, or do a search to find the short story you would like to read. Full text online!
Children’s Catalog is a recommended list of fiction, non-fiction and magazines for children, from preschool through grade six. This database includes over 10,000 titles which were selected and recommended by specialists in library service to children. Each entry includes complete bibliographic data, descriptive annotations and quotations from reviews.
Note: Drake Community Library subscribes to this Wilson Web database. Your library barcode number is required for online access.
Author James Patterson’s lifelong passion for books and reading led him to create a web site, ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find books to keep kids reading.
Oprah’s Book Club
Oprah Winfrey recommends books for her viewers. The Oprah.com website maintains a list of all of her recommendations and more…
Websites for Booklovers
Morton Grove Public Libraries, Illinois has put together an extensive list of websites of interest to readers. You are sure to discover some new resources to enhance your reading experience here.