NC Kids through Overdrive offers free e-books for kids across the state

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North Carolina Launches new eBook Sharing Service Specifically for Children

New library consortium enables sharing of Children’s eBooks, audiobooks and video across the state

 

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 everywhere.

 

The NC Kids Digital Library was launched in January, 2017. 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
  • 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

“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 3rd 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 Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources. Copley together with Sackett worked with Representative 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.

About NCPLDA

NCPLDA is an association of the public library directors whose goals are to share professional knowledge and experience for the good of all members, to serve as advocates for public libraries with the state legislature, to give voice to the aspirations of the public library community, and to serve as the primary liaison between the state library agency and the public libraries.

 

Contact:

Ruth Ann Copley, Library Director

Davidson County Public Library System

602 South Main St., Lexington, NC 27292

Ruth.copley@davidsoncountync.gov

(336) 242-2064

 

Jennifer Sackett, Library Director

Lincoln County Public Library

306 W Main St, Lincolnton, NC 28092

jsackett@lincolncounty.org

(704) 735-8044

 

About OverDrive

OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools.  We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 36,000 libraries and schools in 63 countries worldwide.  Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten.  www.overdrive.com

 

Contact:

David Burleigh

Director of Marketing

dburleigh@overdrive.com

Staff Picks for March 2017

Oogy: A Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin

After being used as a bat dog as a puppy, Oogy has some challenges to overcome, but thanks to his new family the Levines, Oogy has finally found the home he deserves. A true story and a great read for any dog lover.

Megan

The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg

A beautiful story of a Swedish mail order bride and her newfound life as a farm wife in Missouri, this is a fantastic book!  Fannie Flagg does an amazing job of developing this story’s characters, and anyone who reads this book will flat-out fall in love with the townsfolk’s wit, wisdom and humor.

Sandra

Silence by Shusaku Endo

Joe

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Local History corner

Special Collections Curator and Town Historian, Andy Poore, collects oral histories about the Town of Mooresville, and along with his intern and Social Media Specialist, Travis Sherrill, have compiled and shared some of these with us. Here’s one about Willow Valley Cemetery- enjoy!

Willow Valley Cemetery is the first official cemetery of the Town of Mooresville. Willow Valley Cemetery was founded in 1885 when the Town of Mooresville purchased land from Mrs. Rachel Summro Moore, widow of John Franklin Moore, who was the namesake of the Town of Mooresville. The cemetery land was purchased in honor of Mr. John Franklin Moore. John Franklin Moore died four years after the town was incorporated and was laid to rest at the back of his property that joined his son-in-law, John Robert McNeely’s property in what is now Willow Valley Cemetery. Mr. Moore had allowed some of the people to utilize the back of his property as a burial ground until the town could officially create a cemetery. The drive way to the left of Mr. Moore’s grave was the original end of his land. Many of the graves on the left of the drive way are people who were allowed to be buried at the back of Mr. Moore’s land as none of the churches in the town had cemeteries of their own. Many of the graves, now unmarked date back to before Mooresville was incorporated as a town. One such grave is that of Samuel Dingler, who died in 1855 and was a veteran of the War of 1812. The cemetery contains examples of 1920’s monuments as well as other fine granite monuments and examples of cemetery architecture. Most of the granite was brought from local quarries in Iredell County and the state of North Carolina from places in the state such as Mount Airy and Granite Quarry. Willow Valley Cemetery is one of three cemeteries owned by the Town of Mooresville.

wi-fi hotspots available for teens

Are you a teen? Do you have a school-issued laptop? Do you need access to wireless Internet so you can conduct research and get your homework done? If this is you, then come to MPL and check out a hot spot.

 

Hot spots are available to area high school students with an MPL library card in good standing and proof of identity such as a driver’s license, learner’s permit, a school issued ID card, or verbal permission from a parent/guardian.  The device provides Internet access to students using laptops issued by their school for homework and research.

Hot spots are kept at the circulation desk and may be checked out for two weeks on a first-come, first-serve basis with a limit of one hot spot per family per check out period.

Devices are designed to work with school laptops, which provide a level of security and the laptop must be present to check out a hot spot. Non-school issued student devices will only be filtered through Sprint’s Guardian software and must also be present in order to check out a hot spot.

Devices are set to block adult content and malware, but the library cannot guarantee all content that may be deemed offensive or harmful will be blocked.

Parents/guardians are responsible for what their children access via the hot spot.

Hot spots must be returned to the circulation desk and not placed in the book drops. Damage sustained by dropping the devices in the book drops will be charged to the patron.

The patron is responsible for damage, loss, or theft of the hhot spots.

The library is not responsible for any liability, damages, or expenses resulting from the use or misuse of the device, the connection of the device to other devices, or data loss resulting from the use of the device.

Overdue fees are $2.00 per day up to a maximum of $20.00. Devices are disabled on the second day after they are due. If there are special circumstances, ask to speak to the circulation librarian.

Hot spots not returned within ten business days will be charged the replacement cost of the hot spot and sent to debt collection. Devices may still be returned at any time for full credit provided they are still in good condition.

The charge for damaged/never returned devices is $50.00.

The charge for missing or damaged cases/cords is $15.00 each.

Thanks

Travis

Dog Lovers find Programs @ MPL

Adult Services staff member Megan Mosher created a series of programs for dog lovers here at Mooresville Public Library. The series began in late fall, and will run through May 2017.

Programs include toy-making, learning about service dogs, and more! Read the great coverage in the Mooresville Weekly for more information and photos