Digital Shelf

cloudLibrary provides access to eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be read—or listened to—on personal devices, such as iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Nook, Kindle Fire, PC, and Mac OS. Material is also available in Spanish and French. New titles are frequently added so check in often!

This site was written for young people ages 9 to 13 who are learning about how Canada came to be a country. It is also for anyone else who wants to learn more about Confederation.

This version of The Canadian Encyclopedia, released in enhanced digital interactive form in October 2013, represents the latest incarnation of a project with a unique history. Since the first edition arrived in 1985, Canadians have held a claim few others can make: we have our own national encyclopedia. 

The perfect educational product for today's young learners! Reliable, age-appropriate information on topics aligned with school curriculum, with an easy-to-use design. Helps kids gain comfort with database searching and school research projects.

Flipster is an easy-to-use digital magazine newsstand that you can use on your PC, tablet or phone. Titles available through Flipster include People Weekly, Minecraft World, Real Simple, Harvard Health Letter, Forbes and Architectural Digest.

With access to the entire Sony Entertainment catalogue, Freegal Music offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music and more than 50 record labels.  All you need to stream up to 3 hours of music a day is a library card.  This premium service is offered free-of-charge to APL cardholders.


Homework Central connects younger students to comprehensive databases that will help them complete their research assignments. Students will be able to retrieve full-text and multimedia reference material, accessing more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts - plus thousands of maps, pictures, web links, and audio/video files.

Little Pim’s award-winning language program for kids makes it fun and easy for children ages 6 months to 6 years to learn a new language! With 10 languages to choose from, Little Pim's exclusive method will teach your child 360 words and phrases. Language learning has been shown to increase communication skills and brain integration in children. A little language goes a long way!

National Geographic Kids provides information on science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Students can play games, watch high-quality videos or browse issues of National Geographic Kids magazine. They can also visit countries virtually and learn a number of fun facts about each one.

NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

Get unlimited access to more than 7,000 of the world's top newspapers and magazines as an Aurora Public Library cardholder. No limits on downloads and they're yours to keep for as long as you want! Titles available in more than 60 languages from around the world; PressReader even has the ability to translate any title into 19 different languages. Customize your interests, automatically download your favorite publications, and more!

From the PressReader homepage, click "Sign In" in the top righthand corner. Select "Library or Group" and search for "Aurora Public Library" (look for our logo). Enter your library card and PIN to gain unlimited access. You can create an account OR hit "No thanks" at the bottom of the menu. You'll be asked to re-authenticate your library card and PIN every 30 days to ensure you're still an APL member in good standing. Click on "Learn How" below for an easy video tutorial.

Primary Search is a full-text database of carefully curated content for children. It includes full text for popular children's magazines and eBooks. Magazine titles include Ladybug, Spider, Girls' Life and Sports Illustrated Kids.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books that kids will enjoy reading. Kindergarten to Grade 6 students can access over 1100 titles including read-along chapter books, nonfiction titles and Graphic novels. 


TumbleMath uses stories and literature to teach children math concepts. They combine animation, narration and sound to create a captivating story for students of all ages.

World Book Discover is aimed at students who are reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties. Content has been specifically developed for these students and is ideal for reluctant readers, ELL, ESL, and adult literacy students.  It is optimized for iPads and the most popular Android devices.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos provides thousands of easy-to-read articles for children in Spanish. It also includes videos, interactive maps and a wide variety of games and activities. 

Es una herramienta de referencia en español para niños. Contiene miles de artículos fáciles de leer y repletos de ilustraciones, videos, mapas interactivos y una amplia variedad de juegos y actividades.

Developed for children in grades one through four, World Book Kids uses educational games, activities and projects to introduce online research skills to primary students. World Book Kids is designed to encourage young learners to be curious about their world. 

Written for younger readers who are native French speakers and older students and adults for whom French is a second language. Offers access to thousands of encyclopedia articles, dictionary entries photos, illustrations, and maps. / Rédigée à l’intention de lecteurs plus jeunes dont le français est la langue maternelle, ainsi que d’élèves plus âgés et d’adultes pour qui le français est une langue seconde. Offre un accès à des milliers d’articles d’encyclopédie, d’unités lexicales, de photos, d’illustrations et de cartes.

From the trusted World Book encyclopedia team, find up-to-date and reliable information, including encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, pictures, audio, and video, even educator tools and student activities, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. World Book Online contains a suite of tools for all audiences, including Kids (ages 6-10), Student (ages 11-14), Advanced (14+), Discover, and Timelines.