TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games. You must go to TumbleBooks through the library’s link otherwise you will be using a trial version and will not get full access. You will know you are on Mason Public Library’s site when you see our picture next to TumbleBook Library in title bar.
Take me to TumbleBooks!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a special software or app to view TumbleBooks? Are the eBooks downloaded?
All you need is the Flash plug-in which is preloaded on most computers and reading tablets. If you are unable to view the TumbleBooks, you can download the plug-in for FREE at www.adobe.com/go/getFlashPlayer. For mobile users (iPad, iPhone and Android) or any device that does not support Flash, our site will automatically redirect you to our “iPad& Mobile Device” site when you log in. However if you are not automatically redirected, simply choose “Mobile” from the drop down menu at the top right corner and click “Go”. TumbleBook content is streamed, not downloaded, so it never takes up space!
What is the Common Core Portal?
You can access the Common Core Portal through the link in the silver nav bar near the top of the page. The Common Core Portal allows teachers to click on a specific standard, and see which TumbleBooks (and related educator resources) we think best serve this standard.
I am on my iPad/iPhone/Android/etc and nothing works!
Our site should redirect all mobile users to the “iPad & Mobile Device” page. If you are having issues viewing an ebook (eg: you see a white screen where the book should be), you may have inadvertently landed on the “Flash” site. To make sure you are on the correct site, after you have logged in, check to see if the title in the site’s header reads: “TumbleBookLibrary – For iPad and Mobile Devices”. If it does not say this, click on “Choose” at the top right corner and select “Mobile” and then click “GO”. Your page should refresh and now state “For iPad and Mobile Devices”. Another way to check is to go to the “Story Books” section and check to see if the titles read as “TITLE (iPad)”. For example: “50 Below Zero (IPad)”.
My iPad will not allow me to change from auto to manual (eBooks)!
E-books are in an mp4 video format, and is not compatible with a manual reading format.
I can access eBooks but not Videos or Read-Alongs!
If you can access some content but not others, in most cases it is because some of our URL’s cannot bypass your firewall settings. Ensure that it is allowing .swf files to stream/play…that they are not being blocked. Also, check to make sure that our urls are not blocked (anything ending in www.tumblebooks.com, cdn.tumblebooks.com, www.tumblebookcloud.com, www.tbcjr.com, mp3s.tumblebooks.com, mp3z.tumblebooks.com, www.vzaar.com and view.vzaar.com.
What is MyCloud?
This feature allows teachers/students/parents to create secondary logins and create customized playlists that can be access from any computer! Please note that this is a closed circuit feature and this password recovery is dependent on the correct username inputted. We do not have control over or have access to your username/password.
For notes, right click anywhere on the book (ideally near the text to which you wish to draw attention) and select “Add highlight and note” from the menu that pops up. Next, click on “Add Note” and enter your text. Finally, click on “Add” to save your note.
To highlight a portion of the text, click and hold where you wish the highlight to begin, and drag to the end of your desired excerpt (this will highlight your passage in black). Next, right click on the blackened area, and select “Add highlight and note” from the menu that pops up. Finally, select “Add Highlight” (this will turn the text of your passage red).
My Chapter Book’s bookmarks and notes/highlights keep disappearing!
Both the bookmark, and the notes/highlight features are cookied onto your computer. Deleting your history/cookies automatically deletes your saved TumbleBooks bookmarks and notes. This also means that in order to view your bookmarks or notes, you will need to use the same computer each time.
How do I use TumbleSearch?
You can search by author, title or publisher; simply click on the drop down menu at the top left corner. Click on Reading Level to find specific A/R, Lexile or Grade levelled eBooks. You can also seaerch by “All”. This is effective because it searches all available text associated with the books in our database. Please note that TumbleSearch is limited to 20 alphanumeric characters.
Why do some quizzes have audio or grade levels and other do not?
TumbleBooks is constantly adding new titles so that users are never out of options! That said, information such as grade level and such are provided by the publisher and may not have been available at the time up the title upload. We are constantly updating our site and update missing sections as soon as possible.
Do you have eBooks in other languages?
Yes we do! Not only can you view our website in French and Spanish but we also offer eBooks in French and Spanish! To view our site in French or Spanish – click on “Choose” at the top right corner of the home page and click “GO”. To access our French/Spanish books – click on Language Learning on the home page.