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:
|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.
|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.