OverDrive is offering a safe environment for kids and teens within a digital platform through the creation of separate digital eReading Rooms, where juveniles and young adults can browse their library’s digital collection. The Kids’ and Teens’ eReading Rooms are customizable sections of your library’s OverDrive-powered website. Checkouts and holds are processed the same way as the full version of the library website, so when kids and teens are ready to use the full version, they’ll already know how to navigate the pages.
Once inside the eReading Room, all searches will show only juvenile or young adult content. No adult content will appear in the search results. All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level, AT scores and other reading metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy campaigns. All titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold.
Cuyahoga County Public Library has already added a safe site for their Kids and Teens to browse and checkout material, as have several other library partners.To get started, contact your Collection Development Specialist. When your Kids’ and Teens’ eReading Room is live, we’ll add web graphics to your main OverDrive-powered website to link to the eReading Room and provide promotional resources. Parents can feel comfortable knowing their children are browsing and borrowing books that are age, grade, and reading level appropriate.
Laura Guldeman is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.