Do you want to make the most of your library card? Follow this series of articles that will provide an overview of  information on the various digital resources and databases the La Porte County Public Library offers the community. This is the last in a series and will review TumbleBooks.



In the TumbleBook Library, kids can safely browse the catalog and read story books by their favorite authors. Read-along, games, and videos are also available. Teens can read the classics or graphic novels. There is something for everyone. All books are instantly available, with no need to place a hold or check them out.  The service is heavily promoted to schools in use with our Libraries 360 program.


LPCPL has offered TumbleBooks services since March 2011.  TumbleBooks titles were added to the Library catalog in 2020.


Statistically speaking, TumbleBooks has seen decreases in use year after year.  While the pandemic is an understandable reason, it does not account for the drops prior to that.  If one looks at the annual totals on a calendar basis, one can see:

Year Uses % Change
2017 50,736  
2018 45,991 9% decrease from previous year
2019 33,924 26% decrease from previous year
2020 11,595 66% decrease from previous year


If you base the numbers on school years, the amounts change but the result is the same.

Year Uses % Change
2017-2018 45,694  
2018-2019 50,465 10% increase from previous year
2019-2020 15,227 70% decrease from previous year
Aug. – Dec. 2020 4,424 71% decrease from previous year


It is our hope that by adding titles to the catalog and by increasing marketing that users will return to these resources again, especially once the pandemic subsides and classes return to normal curricular activities.



Posted on April 9, 2021

by Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan

Michael joined the library staff in August of 2017. He is a member of the Library Admin Team. He has spent much of his adult work life swimming in seas of metadata, bench-pressing card catalogs, and bartering with information system vendors, but those activities have done more to tone his head muscle and less to develop those desirable six-pack abs. These cataloging skills have taken him through Illinois, Wisconsin, and back home to Indiana (queue the Soggy Bottom Boys: “the place where he was born and bred”). In his spare time, he attempts to stay out of family arguments, binge watches British comedy, drama, and mystery programs, and subjects his two cats to the latest in Indie/Alternative music.
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