Summer Reading Program

2022 Summer Reading Program Registration begins May 16!

Click here for complete details about our 2022 summer reading program for all ages.

Art Night

Rubik’s Cube Club


 

Universal Class

Learn something new today! With Universal Class, you have free access to 500+ online courses with CEU credits available! Access it with your Rainbow City Public Library card and find it in the Libby App. Look for “Extras” to discover Universal Class. Universal Class is not available in the Overdrive App or on the Camellia Net website. If you don't use the Libby App, you can access Universal Class in your browser at https://libbyapp.com/ .

Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

From technical courses on computer software to digital photography to babysitting 101, a huge range of topics is available. Universal Class offers courses in Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, plus hundreds more.

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.  TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.  TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games.

Users can access TBL from any smartphone, or iPad/Android tablet with an internet connection.  Your kids can read as much as they want, when they want, with no wait times, check-outs, or downloads!

Click here to access Tumble Book Library.


 

Fiero Code

Fiero Code is a self-guided online software program for children that teaches you how to code through hundreds of coding tutorials and dozens of real-world projects.  Fiero Code offers a gamified learning experience ― as you progress through the activities, you’ll earn clothes and accessories for your personal avatar.

Rainbow City Public Library cardholders can create a free account to use Fiero Code now or learn more here.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is an award-winning reference database for lifelong career exploration and planning. It offers a wealth of resources for users to assess their career goals and interests, plan their education, learn workplace skills, find apprenticeships and internships, conduct a job search, and much more.

For students choosing a career path, graduates entering the workforce, or professionals changing careers, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center supports users at every step of their career journey.

Access Ferguson's Career Guidance Center from the library's computers or from your device on our wireless connection.

To access Ferguson's from outside the library, enter your entire 14-digit RCPL card number.


 

Playaway Launchpad Tablets

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We have added Playaway Launchpads to our collection! These tablets come pre-loaded with educational content for children.  Strengthen children's skills in reading, math, science, and language. 

Several tablets in our collection are part of the Launchpad Pre-K Academy which gives preschool-aged children 5 different paths to explore on their way to kindergarten. With a combination of apps, storybooks, and videos – learning will happen right before your eyes.  No downloads. No Wifi.

Click here to see a list of Launchpad tablets available in our collection or click here to view our Launchpad lending policy.

 

Wonderbooks

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Wonderbooks are books that read to children, ask questions, and make learning fun. Discover the ready-to-play audiobook inside every Wonderbook. Borrow one today!
Wonderbooks are similar to the VOX books already in our collection but they also have a learning mode that asks children questions.
 

Vox Books for Children

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VOX Books are printed books that provide full professional audio narration using a unique audio reader attached to the book. Studies have shown that VOX Books users improve their reading comprehension by 75% and improve their reading accuracy by over 50%.


 

Borrow eBooks, digital audiobooks & magazines!

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Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your device using the Libby app from OverDrive. It’s free and easy to get started. Learn more at https://meet.libbyapp.com.

Or, you may borrow items directly from the Camellia Net website.

Log in with your 8-digit RCPL card (start with the first zero and skip the last digit). For more information click here.

Can't log in? Please check with library staff.  You may have an expired card, outstanding fines, or overdue items.  Please call 256-442-8477 ext. 0 during normal operating hours.

You must log in with your RCPL card number to get access to all titles/copies owned by RCPL.  If you signed up for an "instant digital card" and log in with your phone number, you will not get access to RCPL titles.

Homework Alabama

Homework Alabama is available for tutoring assistance for students from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily .

Homework Alabama offers free online tutoring and academic resources from Tutor.com for Alabama residents from kindergarten students through college, plus adult learners.  Get help in math, science, English, social studies or writing from a live tutor.

Access to Homework Alabama is available at https://aplsws1.apls.state.al.us/aplsnew/homework/.

eBooks for children – NO card required!

Juvenile eBooks are available in our online catalog.  These titles are always available to be read in your browser and may be used by multiple users simultaneously.  The interactive titles from Capstone have a read aloud option which highlights each word as it is read.  To see a list of available titles click here.  To view the interactive titles, search for "Capstone interactive" in the catalog.


 

Curbside Book Return

Please return your materials in the curbside return located behind the library or to the circulation desk.

Do not return Launchpads in the book/AV return.   There will be a $5.00 fee assessed for each Launchpad returned via the book/AV return.

Curbside pickup is available!

Curbside pickup is available Monday-Thursday from 9:30am - 6:30 pm and Friday - Saturday from 9:30am-4:30pm. To place an order, call us or visit our online catalog and log into your account to reserve items.  Click here for more information about curbside pickup.


 

Research Your Family Tree

Search for your ancestors on Ancestry Library Edition and discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more.  New resources are added frequently.  Library use only; remote access is not available.

You may access  Heritage Quest Online from home!  You’ll find U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and more to help you trace your American ancestors’ paths across history. If you are using Heritage Quest from home you will be prompted for your 14 digit Rainbow City Library Card number.


 

RCPL Adult Knitting and Crochet Group

Knitting & Crochet group - sign July 2021

RCPL Book Club


 

Book Sale

Books on a shelfVisit our ongoing book sale to find some incredible bargains!
Hardbacks -- $.25 and up (most are $3.00 or less!)
Paperbacks -- $.10 and up
Magazines -- $.05 each
Audiobooks and Videos -- priced as marked

New titles are added weekly!

Courtesy Charging Station

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Did you leave your charger at home? Is your mobile device low on power? Get charged with our courtesy charging station provided by Exchange Bank. Thank you Exchange Bank!

Chilton Library

Chilton is the world’s most comprehensive and trusted automotive repair database with easy-to-follow, step-by-step repair guidance on thousands of cars and trucks from 1940 to the present. This database is available to Alabama residents through Alabama Public Library Service.  Click here for access or select the Chilton link from our Online Resources Menu.  If you have difficulty accessing the database through Internet Explorer, click on tools, select compatibility view settings and add galesupport.com .

ABC Mouse

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From Age of Learning, Inc., the award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-8+) build a strong foundation for future academic success.  ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with 5,000+ learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.  Best of all, kids love it!

Please bring your own headphones.

In-library access only.  Remote access is not available. 

Over 1,500 brand new learning activities designed to address the learning needs and interest of 2nd grade students has been added to ABCmouse.

 


 

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