OverDrive is offering a new service for public library partners to give young readers a place of their own. Now there’s an option to incorporate an eReading Room for kids and/or teens as an extension of your digital library website. Kids and teens can browse, sample, place holds and borrow eBooks and other media appropriate for their age range and reading level. Kids can spend as much time as they want clicking away and exploring without the worry of them stumbling upon mature content. See the first live eReading Room for kids at Kitsap Regional Library in Washington at http://krl.lib.overdrive.com/kids.
“eBooks are not just for adults, and we believe this site will help us highlight some of the great children’s content that we have to offer,” said Sharon Grant, Digital Branch Manager at Kitsap Regional Library. “More importantly, we believe this site will save people time because it effectively highlights books by reading levels, age groups and interests.”
The eReading Room is a safe environment for children, independent of the larger digital collection, yet easily accessible and fully integrated – seamlessly working with your existing catalog. OverDrive offers clean, friendly, simple design options and the choice of including juvenile and/or young adult fiction and nonfiction titles. All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level, ATOS scores, and other reading metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy campaigns. Adults and kids can sample titles in OverDrive Read prior to checking out a title.
The checkout and hold experience is the same as with the existing site, so when the kids are ready to graduate to the next level, they’ll already be seasoned users of the website’s tools and navigation. We will also provide you with promotional graphics and print-ready materials to promote the eReading Room. You can even name the eReading Room anything you choose, such as the same name for the kids’ section in your physical library branch.
Ready to get started? The kids’ eReading room is available now, so contact your Collection Development Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Heather Tunstall is the Public Relations Specialist at OverDrive.