LAURINBURG — More than 3,700 eBooks, audiobooks, videos and read-alongs are now available to younger readers via Scotland County Memorial Library’s OverDrive digital reading platform.
The service is available through a first-of-its-kind statewide eBook consortium specifically for children in the Tar Heel State.
The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina has created NC Kids Digital Library, a digital resource sharing service for students pre-K through 4th grade.
The NC Kids Digital Library was launched in January. Here’s how it works:
A collection of 3029 eBooks, 689 audiobooks and 37 streaming videos on a custom website, https://nckids.overdrive.com/ or through the OverDrive app
About 300 titles are available with simultaneous access, available anytime with no wait lists
All titles can be accessed via the app on all major computers and devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only).
All that’s needed to get started is a library card.
“Reading fiction increases empathy, improves social behavior and interactions, increases awareness of how others think and see the world, improves overall mental ability, and enhances the ability to handle complex situations,” said Jennifer Sackett, Vice-President of NCPLDA and Library Director of Lincoln County Library. “Having these resources available through the public libraries which are open year-round and hours schools aren’t open mean we’re available to assist students when schools are not open.”
OverDrive’s collection development team chooses the books for the kid’s collection and are reviewed and approved by a committee appointed by the NCPLDA Executive Board. Many eBooks list the ATOS level and text difficulty to help parents find the right book for their child’s reading level.
“This content will align with summer reading camps across the state as well as the state’s third-grade reading initiative, and will provide a significant boost to the many library-school partnerships already in existence,” said Ruth Ann Copley, Director of Libraries at Davidson County Public Library System.
NC Kids Digital Library is sponsored by NCPLDA and the NC General Assembly with assistance from the State Library of NC, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. Copley together with Sackett worked with state Rep. Pat McElraft to secure funding for this project.
In July of last year, the 2016 Appropriations Act was signed into law for fiscal year 2016-2017 that included a funding provision for $200,000 for the State Library to work with NCPLDA to create a statewide consortium for all public library cardholders.