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WILBOR is now called Bridges: Iowa's eLibrary

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 What is Bridges: Iowa's eLibrary? This is the new eBook and audiobook

consortium for Iowa public libraries. Bridges: Iowa's eLibrary replaces

the two eBook and audiobook consortiums WILBOR and NEIBORS.

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 download eBooks and audiobooks to your iPod, mp3 player or eReader 



Audiobooks @ OneClickdigital from Recorded Books!

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Our library subscribes to TumblePremium including the TumbleBook LibraryTumbleBook Cloud Jr., and TumbleMath

Students can enjoy animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, graphic novels and math stories

Parents and Teachers can view educational resources like lesson plans, quizzes, educational games and puzzles related to both math and language skills.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this resource


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Courtesy of the State Library of Iowa, Alton Public Library members are able to access:

An interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks.

Resources included:

  • Job search and workplace skills improvement
  • Career certification and licensing exam preparation
  • College entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation
  • GED exam preparation
  • Basic skills improvement in reading, writing, math, and computers.

Features: Immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results

You need to set up your own personal LearningExpress account

with a unique username and password so that you can save

your work and return again to practice tests, tutorials, and more.

2017 All Iowa Reads Selection: Bottomland by Michelle Hoover

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Based on a real life story of the author Michelle Hoover's grandmother, the book begins in Iowa in the wake of World War I. It was described in the Minneapolis Star Tribune as "a mystery wrapped in isolation and ethnic fear ... an atmospheric and engaging tale."

About Bottomland

At once intimate and sweeping, Bottomland follows the Hess family in the years after World War I as they attempt to rid themselves of the Anti-German sentiment that left a stain on their name. But when the youngest two daughters vanish in the middle of the night, the family must piece together what happened while struggling to maintain their life on the unforgiving Iowa plains.

In the weeks after Esther and Myrle's disappearance, their siblings desperately search for the sisters,combingthe stark farmlands, their neighbors' houses, and the unfamiliar world of far-off Chicago. Have the girls run away to another farm? Have they gone to the city to seek a new life? Or were they abducted? Ostracized, misunderstood, and increasingly isolated in their tightly-knit small town in the wake of the war, theHessesfear the worst. Told in the voices of the family patriarch and his children, this is a haunting literary mystery that spans decades before its resolution. Hoover deftly examines the intrepid ways a person can forge a life of their own despite the dangerous obstacles of prejudice and oppression.


Free Wireless Internet is available at Alton Public Library for your personal computer

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