An innovative statewide eBook consortium specifically for children has launched in the Tar Heel State, and the Neuse Regional Library is a proud new member. 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 – including all locations in Lenoir, Greene, and Jones Counties – through OverDrive’s digital reading platform. These materials are instantly available for every child anywhere they have access to a digital device.
The NC Kids Digital Library was launched in January, 2017. Here’s how it works:
- A beginning collection of 3,029 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).
- Easy, secure access. All that’s needed to get started is a library card
“We are very excited to offer this new service to our community,” said Agnes W. Ho, Director of Libraries. “We are always seeking opportunities to collaborate with other libraries and organizations to provide new and innovative services to our patrons. This is an especially rewarding initiative since it offers cutting edge digital technology to our youngest and most impressionable library patrons, increases their literacy, and instills in them a lifelong love of learning.”
OverDrive’s collection development team chooses the books for the kids’ 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.
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 Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources. For more information, call 252-527-7066, Ext. 134.