Books and Reading

These subscription databases can be used remotely with an active Round Rock Public Library Card. Members of the public without library cards are welcome to use these resources on the public computers inside the library.

texshare_logo_tiny Book Review Digest Plus
Book reviews from a variety of sources. Many reviews are in-depth analyses. Essential for series readers.
TexShare Database eBook Central – Proquest
This eBook collection contains over 110,000 electronic books.
texshare_logo_tiny eBooks – EBSCO
More than 18,000 eBooks are available for browsing, searching, and virtual check-out.
NoveList will help you find your next read. Includes reading lists, similar book and similar author suggestions, book discussion guides, and much more.
logo_no_tag_tinyNovelist Plus K-8
NoveList K-8 Plus will help you find your next read for children and teens. Find book talks, curricular connections, and recommended lists here.
Round Rock Library card holders onlyOdilo | en Español | Tutorials
Provides Spanish-language eBooks that can be downloaded to the Odilo app. Many titles can also be read in your browser.
Download popular eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages to your computer or device. Training and videos are available.
RBdigital offers eAudiobooks and magazines for download to compatible personal devices. FAQs and support are available. Phone support is available at 877-77-AUDIO (877-772-8346).
Round Rock Library card holders onlySimplyE eBooks
SimplyE provides Round Rock Public Library cardholders a single search of both our eBooks and eAudiobooks. The SimplyE collection inside the app is available to check out too. Use the quick start guide to begin.

The app is available for Apple or Android.
An easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children’s and young adult books. Includes thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.
logo_no_tag_tinyTumbleBooks for Kids
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.

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Creative Writing



National Novel Writing Month
Every November participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

Awards, Contests, and Funding

Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest
PEN Center USA Awards
Awards granted in a broad array of categories including fiction, creative nonfiction, research nonfiction, poetry, children’s/young adult, graphic literature, translation, journalism, drama, screenplay, and teleplay.
Poet’s & Writers Contests, Grants, and Awards
Provides a list of awards, the majority offering cash prizes.
Texas Institute of Letters Awards
Recognizes outstanding literary works by Texans or about the state of Texas in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scholarly, children’s book, children’s picture book, young adult book, best translation, and design.
The University of North Texas Rilke Prize
An annual award of a $10,000 award recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet.

Area Writing Groups

Austin Writer’s Meetup Group
A community for writers with all writing styles and approaches welcomed; fiction, non-fiction, journaling, experimental.
Round Rock Writers Guild
Regularly meeting writers group that welcomes all genres of writing.
Writers’s League of Texas
The Writers’ League of Texas provides a forum for information, support, and sharing among writers.



Book Movement
Book guides, book reviews, book ideas, new books or club communication tools for your book club.
Get e-newsletters and great book suggestions by email for children, teens and adults.
Library Reads
The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.
Lit Lovers
Resources to help you start a book club, lead a discussion, and read reviews of potential book club selections.

Local Book Groups


Round Rock New Neighbors Book Discussion Group
An established local book discussion group. Find news and write-ups of group book discussions on their blog.

Local Writing Groups


Round Rock Writers Guild
Regularly meeting writers group that welcomes all genres of writing.