Patrons of the Copperas Cove Public Library have many options fore entertainment without even stepping foot outside the city during this upcoming summer.

One of the many events is the annual Summer Reading Program, which runs from mid-June to early July, including special activities and performers each week in the library.

“Our theme this summer is science, and I am very excited about that. The activities this summer will not only bring fun, but also inspire minds,” said Kevin Marsh, library director.

Another option is a myriad of free, downloadable programs.

By far the most popular is the TumbleBooks series, an e-book program for kids ages 3 and up.

“It’s not a movie, but the images taken straight from the pages of the books, and they also move,” Amber Taylor said, a patron of the city’s library.

“It gives Copperas Cove Library a whole new meaning to ‘reading on the go.’ My children love it.”

Tumblebooks is an online library filled with animated, talking picture books. These programs focus on helping young children ages 3 and up learn how to read as well as build their vocabulary at the same time. There are more than 300 books, quizzes, lesson plans and a multitude of Tumble games and puzzles.

“It’s a not a new service,” Marsh said. “This has been here before I came to the library a year ago. Many people in our town do not know about the service. And many people need to. It’s a great program for kids of all ages.”

The e-books via TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book that you can read, or have read to you.

Middle-school readers are not left out as the Cove library offers Tumble Book Cloud, an online collection of age-appropriate e-books and read-along chapter books, graphic novels and educational literature.

All of these e-books are available to all Cove library cardholders with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an Internet connection.

For more information on the Tumblebooks service and many more activities the Cove library has to offer, contact them via phone at 254-547-3826 or stop by their location at 501 South Main St.

Monique Brand - Herald correspondent​

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