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​Free from the public library

Your public library offers free access to digital books and magazines, perfect for every reading level. Depending on where you live, you have access to these great services - all with your library card!  Find out more by exploring your library's webpage. 


Free Online Books for Children

A free collection of public domain and original stories; the collection covers early literacy, older children, and young adult. ​The website is ad-supported in order to remain free to all users. No registration​ required. 


Learning Ally​
Today, students with learning differences have increased rates of depression, "at-risk" behaviors, a higher likelihood of dropping out and, ultimately, higher poverty rates. Without the right support, many of these students will needlessly struggle in school and will be poorly positioned for future success. Learning Ally seeks to break this cycle of failure. We enable schools to support their struggling readers and build a strong foundation for independent, engaged learners who are empowered to achieve socially, emotionally and academically, regardless of their learning difference.​​

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places, and events that await you whenever you read. Read.gov presents a sampling of suggested books that will spark the imagination and transport readers to new and exciting places. Look for these books in your local library. The books supplement the online resources on the American Memory website. Following each list is a link to the corresponding online resources. 

The ultimate goal of the Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world. While large in scope and ambition, this goal is within our grasp. Achieving it will require the participation of librarians, authors, government officials, and technologists. 

Oxford Owl is an award-winning website from Oxford University Press, created to support children’s learning both at home and at school. Oxford Owl for Home is written especially for parents to help you be as well-informed as you can be, making sure you’re best equipped to help your child have the smoothest journey through school possible. From learning to read to understanding a tricky bit of maths, from the first day at school to making sense of exams, Oxford Owl can provide the important information you need when you need it. Written by leading experts in education, the site is full of advice and ideas to help you to help your child.​ *This is a free service, but registration is required.*

Read Conmigo was created out of the discovery that many Latino parents, grandparents, and caregivers who do not read fluently yet in English are hesitant to read to their children at home in Spanish. Read Conmigo books feature creative, fresh and engaging stories in both English and Spanish so that Latino parents and children can read aloud together. Parents of children, from babies to 5th graders can subscribe to receive free books available online and on mobile devices. Read Conmigo has distributed over 1 million books to families, schools, and libraries nationwide. The program is also utilized by more than 11,000 educators. The campaign promotes the distinct educational, social, and financial benefits of bilingualism and provides parents with free tools and resources to help them create a lifelong love of reading.​ ​ *This is a free service, but registration is required.*


The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Storyline Online receives over 100 million views annually from children all over the world.​ Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers, and educators worldwide. Each book includes a supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners. Storyline Online is a program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that relies entirely on gifts, grants, and donations to fund Storyline Online and produce all of its videos.​​




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Free Books Online for Adults/Families


Learn Out Loud​

Over the years, Learn Out Loud had curated a Catalog of over 50,000 of the best audiobooks, podcasts, free downloads, and videos individuals can learn from. One of the most popular sections of their site is their Free Audio & Video Directory which features over 10,000 free audiobooks, courses, documentaries, lectures, interviews, speeches, and more.

Learning Ally​
Today, students with learning differences have increased rates of depression, "at-risk" behaviors, a higher likelihood of dropping out and, ultimately, higher poverty rates. Without the right support, many of these students will needlessly struggle in school and will be poorly positioned for future success. Learning Ally seeks to break this cycle of failure. We enable schools to support their struggling readers and build a strong foundation for independent, engaged learners who are empowered to achieve socially, emotionally and academically, regardless of their learning difference.​

​Libri​​​Vox​
LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. Because the books LibriVox records are in the public domain, readers and listeners should be aware that many of them are very old, and may contain language or express notions that are antiquated at best, offending at worst.
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Lit2Go​

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and the word count is given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.

Open Culture​​
Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given them great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It's all free. It's all enriching. But it's also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Their whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give individuals access to this high-quality content whenever and wherever they want it.
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with a focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.​


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Free/Low-Cost Print Books for Families


Books Free Swap​
BooksfreeSwap was launched in early 2010 as a simpler way to swap books and audiobooks online. Created by Booksfree.com, the leading online paperback, and audiobook rental service, BooksfreeSwap was developed to be a complementary service to its popular online rental service. Booksfree.com revolutionized the way people get paperback and audiobooks online, saving members hundreds, and even thousands of dollars a year. In addition to the savings, Booksfree.com offers members the convenience of free home delivery and the largest selection of current and past titles. *This item is considered low-cost as you must only pay postage.*


Book Mooch​​
BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books. BookMooch lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want. Every time you give someone a book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from anyone else at BookMooch. Once you've read a book, you can keep it forever or put it back into BookMooch for someone else, as you wish. There is no cost to join or use this web site: your only cost is mailing your books to others. *This item is considered low-cost as you must only pay postage.*

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library​​​

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world. 
Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007, Australia in 2013 and the Republic of Ireland in 2019.​

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Little Free Library book-sharing boxes play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce. At the Little Free Library nonprofit, we’re working to fill book deserts and place libraries where they can make a big impact through our Impact Library Program. We’ve donated more than 1,000 libraries through this program to-date.​ FInd yours here:  https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/​​​

For over 20 years, we have curated a volunteer-organized collection of donated books to distribute to our community. Everyone is welcome to bring books, take books, volunteer, and explore. No appointment or ID necessary. Children under 13 do not require membership. Those over 13 require a low-cost membership. For more information, click here: https://www.mdbookbank.org/visit