Monday 18 August 2014

Library Recommended Apps

Are you wondering what kinds of apps would be beneficial to download onto your tablet, with either Android or Apple operating systems?  We have some suggestions for you of FREE apps.  Remember, FREE apps may have some advertising included.  Some of these may already be on your device.  They can all be found either at the Google Play Store or through iTunes.

OverDrive Media Console

Read eBooks or listen to audiobooks from us for up to three weeks, FREE with this app. No late fees, titles will automatically be returned.  Place holds and create a wish list.  We have over 7,500 titles to choose from. To Go To Go™ is the mobile companion for, and the only education app that connects you to an expert tutor for real-time help. Sign up for a free account with your library card.

TuneIn Radio

TuneIn is real radio. Discover, follow and listen to what’s most important to you from the world’s largest collection of sports, news, music and talk stations. TuneIn has over 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts from all over the world, all for free.  There is a feature that searches for local stations where ever you are.


The app is really easy to use.  It allows you to quickly post pictures and share with others.  It also gives you alerts when there is a message for you.  It does take up a lot of space though, so consider that before loading.


This is your personal magazine.  Catch up on the news, read stories from around the world and browse videos, photos and articles that friends are sharing.  Add blogs and publications like The New York Times, PEOPLE magazine and many more.

Google Docs

Create, edit and collaborate with others on documents from your phone or tablet.  You can open, edit and save Microsoft Word documents.  Never worry about losing your work, everything is automatically saved as you type.

Microsoft Office Mobile 

This is the official Office companion optimized for your mobile device. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents.


If you use this amazing tool of visual bookmarks, you will love the app.  It makes pinning and sharing so much easier.  By creating an account with Pinterest, you will discover ideas for all of your DYI projects and interests.  Find amazing recipes, exercise workouts, knitting patterns, DYI projects of all kinds and much more.  


If you like music, you’ll love this.  You can browse thousands of playlists by activity, genre, decade and mood.  Free, with no listening limits.  Some examples under playlists for activities are Breaking Up, Sitting on the Back Porch, Skateboarding, Pool Party and many more.

Weather Network

Have all of your weather information and forecast details at your fingertips whenever you want it.  There is a setting that automatically detects the forecast for your location wherever in North America you might be.  This app includes weather alert banners that can be clicked on for detailed information.


Quick and easy access to YouTube videos that are personalized “what to watch” recommendations based on your preferences.  Play a never-ending mix of your favourite music videos.


Browse the Internet fast on your phone or tablet with the Google Chrome browser you love on your desktop. Pick up where you left off on your other devices with tab sync, and search by voice.

Charlotte Janes

Head of Systems and Administration

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