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APRIL 15, 2020

Follett, Baker and Taylor Team to Provide Free Access to PreK-12 Interactive Resources for Public Library Partners

Lightbox™, AV2 World Languages Ideal Distance Learning Solutions for Students

As more states extend school closures through the remainder of the school year, Follett and Baker & Taylor today announced they are collaborating to provide their public library partners with free access through June 30 to Lightbox™ and AV 2 World Languages, interactive resources that enable students to independently study and learn.

Follett, in partnership with Weigl Publishers, made a free offer in late March to schools worldwide of Lightbox™, a PreK-12 interactive ebook platform, and AV 2 World Languages, a K-3 eBook program. More than 21,000 schools have signed up for the offer in the first 25 days.

“All students will find something for themselves as they can search various interest and reading levels, genres, subjects, languages, and more,” said Shannon Miller, a K-12 district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa. “The Lightbox and AV 2 World Languages’ ebooks play an important part in the learning, reading, and fun our students – and families – need during this time of distance learning.”

Bringing learning to life, Lightbox™ uses video, audio, and text to explore content aligned with national and state standards and is ideal for student at-home use. The more than 1,000 high-interest titles cover subjects for PreK-2 students, plus grades 3-6, 6-8, and 9-12. Each of the Lightbox titles features learning reinforced through slideshows, activities, quizzes, vocabulary, and at-home printable worksheets, as well as Google Maps to provide further context.

Ideal for visual learners and striving readers, AV 2 World Languages is a collection of 1,000 audio eBooks composed of 100 high-interest titles in 10 languages. The program creates an immersive language-learning experience while supporting diversity and multiculturalism.

Lightbox and AV 2 World Languages can be accessed by educators, parents, and students on all devices; no special setup is required.

“We at Baker & Taylor are challenging ourselves to serve our library partners and their communities effectively, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Aman Kochar, Executive Vice President of Baker & Taylor, the premier provider of books, digital content, and technology solutions to public libraries. “Communities are looking to their libraries for more digital resources than ever before and we are excited to answer the call.”

Public libraries interested in this free offer should register here. Contact your Baker & Taylor representative about other digital resources to support your library community during this time, or contact the Axis 360 team at

For a complete list of:

  • Follett at-home eLearning solutions, visit this resource page; and
  • Baker & Taylor public library digital solutions, visit its resource page.

To view a video from one school’s (Cotton Creek School in Island Lake, Ill.) use of Lightbox™, visit

To learn more about the AV 2 World Languages program, visit

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