RALEIGH — February 1, 2017 — A first of its kind statewide eBook consortium specifically for children has launched in the Tar Heel State. The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina has created a new digital resource sharing service for kids’ pre-K through 4th grade, NC Kids Digital Library. Over 3,700 eBooks, audiobooks, videos and Read-Alongs are now available to younger readers via 85 regional, county and municipal libraries in North Carolina through OverDrive’s digital reading platform. These materials are instantly available for every child, at home and on the go.
The NC Kids Digital Library was launched in January, 2017. Here’s how it works:
• A fiction collection of 3029 eBooks, 689 audiobooks and 37 streaming videos on a custom website, https://nckids.overdrive.com/ or through the OverDrive app
• 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).
• Included are picture books, readers, chapter books, read-alongs, and more
• Easy, secure access. 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 Director of the Lincoln County Public Library (LCPL). "Having these resources available through North Carolian’s public libraries, which are open year-round, in the evenings and on weekends, means we’re available to assist students even when schools aren’t open." Lincoln County youth can access NC Kids Digital Library through their LCPL card or Lincoln County Schools student ID number.