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Central High School Library


Click on the linked passwords folder for passwords to access our databases from the menu choices . You may not need to use a password for some of these resources when you use them at school. You will need them when logging in from your personal devices at home.  

eBooks and audiobooks for pleasure reading

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Newton Public Schools Guide to SORA

Use Sora on your ChromeBook, MacBook or PC to read eBooks in your browser and listen to audiobooks. This is also a great way to browse and check out titles that you can later access on a phone or tablet. Set up is easy and you can use your school ID/password (Single Sign On) to login after selecting Newton Public Schools from the list. Find more help on Newton Public Schools Guide to Sora which can be found on Brown Middle School website. There are video tutorials and print directions. Please ask Ms. Kosmo if you need help with this great resource.

SmartPhone or Tablet:


  1. Install the Sora app from your device’s app store
  2. In Sora, find Newton Public Schools and then sign in using your school ID/password (Single Sign On).
  3. Feel free to add your public library, too (you will need your library card for that).

email or ask Ms. Kosmo for help getting Sora set up!

Below you will find a short video with directions for accessing Public library through SORA.

  From NSHS Destiny Discover in a browser
1. Log in using the user name and password in our red password folder.

2. Scroll over book covers to read quick information.

3. Find a title with a Follett icon follett icon ebook e-book or follett icon audio audiobook
(our current collection is small)

  From NSHS Destiny Discover on a phone
1. Choose your school  

2. Log in using your student ID and password.
3. Scroll over book covers to read quick information.

4. Find a title with a Follett icon follett icon ebook e-book or follett icon audio audiobook
(our current collection is small)




SYNC audiobooks

SYNC is a free audio book program that you can access all summer. It is available through SORA. Check out the link above to sign up for your audio book needs this summer. 

Small collection of fiction and non-fiction titles. After login, you will be able to read title immediately in browser.

In the site box, start typing Newton and select Newton South High School. Then use our username and password from the red password folder.

sample titles:
My Antonia by Will Cather
If You Really Love Me by Anne Schaft
Asthma by Wendy Murphy
Discovering Atoms by Margaret Campbell
Latinos Today by Thomas Arkham
Story of Facebook by Sara Gilbert

If you are looking for any of the classics this is a website that has lots of free books in ebook format. 

Project Gutenberg

From the Website: Project Gutenberg offers over 58,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.




Teen Book Cloud

Grades 7-12 ebooks and graphic novels.

Audio Book Cloud

All ages audiobook database

Open Library

The goal of this site is to list every book that is available at a bookstore or a library, scanned or typed in as text.

Open Culture

1,000 Free Audiobooks (mostly classics)


Public domanin audiobooks are free for anyon to listen to, on their computers, ipods, and other mobile devices.

What is Public Domain? 

click on this question for a full definition, but many older classics are in public domain because they are no longer subject to copyright laws.

Hoopla Digital Website Watch the video above to learn more.

From the website: Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

Access this resource with your library card. If you do not have a library card you can apply for one here. We are fortunate to have a wonderful library here in Newton. it is part of the Minuteman Library network and a library card will give you access to books, movies, newspapers, magazines, events, and more. When you get your library card you can create an online account that allows you to request items from other libraries if it is not available in Newton.

Apply online for a library card


Newton Central High School Library

Newton, MA 02460