Online & Technology Resources
We have many exciting online resources for you! Downloadable eBooks, magazines, and more.
Whether you’re looking for an online magazine, a suggestion for a good book to read, an ebook or downloadable audiobook, or an online class to improve your skills, we have a resource for you. You’ll need a current Brookfield Library card in good standing (not blocked for overdue fines). If you don’t have a card, here’s a link to an online application. Fill it out, then bring us proof of Brookfield residency when you pick up your card, and you’re ready to go! All of these resources can be accessed from home, school, work, or in the library, with the exception of Ancestry.com, which is in-library use only.
We offer a subscription to Zinio, an e-zine digital magazine service. We currently subscribe to over 50 different titles, including:
Bicycling, Bloomberg Business, Car and Driver, Dwell, Elle, ESPN Sports, Family Handyman, Food Network Magazine, MacWorld, Martha Stewart Living, Maxim, mental_floss, Mother Earth News, National Geographic Traveler Interactive, Newsweek, O, the Oprah Magazine, PC Magazine Digital Edition, Popular Science, Prevention, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Us Weekly, Vegetarian Times, and more.
To begin, click here. You’ll be asked to register twice, but it’s a quick and simple process.
DearReader Online Book Club
With 5 minutes a day and an email address, you can join one (or more!) of DearReader’s FREE online book clubs now available on The Brookfield Library’s website!
Are you looking for great new authors? Looking for a great book? Would you like to sample a book before you commit to checking it out? Do you like Chocolate Chip cookies? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you need to join one of our online book clubs.
How does it work? Monday through Friday, a sample from a book is delivered to your email inbox. At the end of Friday’s read, you’ll receive the ending page number, so when you pick up the book from the library, you know where you left off. (There’s a link in the email to reserve the book at the library.)
There’s a book club for just about everyone – fiction, non-fiction, romance, mystery, science fiction, audio, business, teen, good news, horror, and pre-publication (be the first to see these soon-to-be-released books). On Mondays and Thursdays, Suzanne (your DearReader book club editor) offers a link to AuthorBuzz, where she introduces you to three or four authors and their books. Suzanne also holds giveaways where you can win funny or cool prizes, and once a month, Suzanne bakes homemade chocolate chip cookies for the winners of her monthly Chocolate Chip Cookie giveaway.
The online book clubs are a fun and stress free way to read and, as Suzanne always ends her columns, “It’s so good to read with friends.” To join the online book club, click on this link.
OneClick Digital Downloadable Audiobooks
You now have access to more free downloadable audiobooks! In addition to OverDrive, now you can listen to thousands of titles from OneClickDigital. As with all of our downloadables, there is never a late fee!
You may check out up to 6 titles for 21 days each. As long as no one is waiting for a title, you may renew it once. OneClickDigital works with Windows, Apple, and Android operating systems. Click here to get started.
OverDrive Downloadable ebooks and e-audiobooks
Kindle, iPad, Nook … whatever device you use, we have free ebooks for you to download.
We participate in a shared collection of both ebooks and audiobooks, which is what you’ll see when you visit the Overdrive page on our website. If you log in before you start searching, you’ll also have access to the Overdrive Advantage collection, indicated with the check mark you see to the left. Those are titles we purchased in addition to those provided through our consortium.
You’ll have to reserve titles that aren’t immediately available, just as you do with print books. This policy is dictated by the publishers, not by the library.
UniversalClass Free Online Classes
Would you like to learn a new skill or expand the knowledge you already have? Would you also like to work at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home? Then Universal Class is for you!
UniversalClass™ is an online educational service that provides over 500 courses to choose from, so you’re sure to find something that suits your interests.
UniversalClass™ reviews instructors, monitors instructor participation, and scrutinizes course quality for any course placed in their course catalog and other category areas. Classes promoted through this service have been reviewed for quality instruction from quality instructors.
Click here to browse the Course Catalog. PLEASE NOTE: If you are not logged in, you will see prices next to the courses. All of these courses are COMPLETELY FREE once you create an account and log in. Best of all, this service is FREE with a current Brookfield Library card! Apply online for a card now.
Be the first to know what we’ve added to the collection! Sign up to receive free weekly emails from Wowbrary, which lists everything (books, movies, music CDs, and more) that’s been added in the past week. You can reserve a title right from the email. To subscribe, go to the library’s website and click on ‘New This Week’ just above the Wowbrary icon.
iConn, the Connecticut Digital Library
The Connecticut Digital Library offers a wide variety on online research resources through iConn.org.
iConn.org provides access to homework help for students in elementary school through college, consumer and health information for the state’s residents, and resources for businesses and professionals. Available resources include Genealogy (HeritageQuest), newspapers, digital collections at the State Library, online magazines for research and information, free ebooks, job-seeking resources, American Civil War Resources, and a list of resources for helping children cope with tragedy.
To access the iConn.org resources, you can either click on the Research tab above, or go directly to iConn.org. You can use all of the iConn resources from home, school, work, or in the library.
Are you researching your family’s roots? We offer access to Ancestry.com for in-library use, thanks to The Friends of The Brookfield Library. Ancestry.com provides census, birth, death, and marriage records; newspaper and historical stories; historical photos, maps and much more. Click here to begin searching Ancestry.com, or click on the Research tab above.
Learning a new language with Mango Languages is free for all Brookfield Library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions.
The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation.
Mango is available in two versions. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
Click here to get started. You must be a Brookfield resident with a current Brookfield Library card to use Mango.
Little Pim Languages for Children
Little Pim, an award-winning multimedia company, introduces children to foreign language in a way they can understand and enjoy! Kids can learn Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, and more with Little Pim, created by Pimsleur Languages.
Accessible and engaging for young children, the method incorporates words and themes that are relevant to the child’s daily life, and research shows that early language learning enhances verbal development, social and cognitive skills.
Each course includes:
Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Method™ combining animation and video.
Teaches 180 kid-friendly words and phrases per course (60 per session)
Memory building exercises that are fun and engaging for kids
Click here to get started. You must be a Brookfield resident with a current Brookfield Library card to use Little Pim.
One-on-One Technology Training
Do you need some help with a new (or not-so-new) device like an iPad, MP3 player, or Kindle? We offer individual half-hour sessions at no charge to Brookfield residents.
To schedule a session, click here and provide the requested information.
Borrow a Kindle
Are you trying to make up your mind about buying a Kindle? Brookfield residents are invited to borrow one from the library and test-drive it for free.
We have six Kindles available for loan, all with a great assortment of titles ranging from mystery to nonfiction to romance (with lots of stops in between). Just come to the library and ask to borrow one.
Once again, this service is available thanks to the generosity of The Friends of The Brookfield Library.
Have question or problems? Contact Jennifer.