eReading Rooms are all the Rage with Kids and Teens in Kansas City
Libraries have long embraced the digital age and are continually adding innovations and conveniences to service the members of their community. As another example, Kansas City Public Library has digitized the concept of physical reading rooms by creating individual specialized eReading Rooms of children and teenage ebooks and audiobooks. With a library card, Kansas City residents can browse digital books sectioned off from the rest of the catalog with all searches filtered and dedicated to children and teenagers. Readers can find this on https://kclibrary.overdrive.com/ and on Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive.
“Kansas City Public Library is excited to be adding a dedicated Teen eReading Room to our OverDrive page,” said Kansas City Public Library Senior Collection Development Librarian, Youth Specialist Lisa Gooden. “We love to promote young adult books at our branches, so it was a natural transition to add an online page where teens can go to find ebooks and e-audiobooks for download. Plus, we’re happy OverDrive will allow us to customize the page with booklists that highlight trending titles and topics that appeal to our teens.”
Kansas City Public Library’s digital collection offers thousands of ebooks and audiobooks in a variety of genres for all ages. The eReading Room concept was born from the existence of physical spaces in libraries that are designed specifically for children and teenage patrons. Since then, eReading Rooms have expanded to highlight materials with certain themes or formats and for select age levels. Within Libby, eReading Rooms are called “guides” while the library’s website refers to them as “collections”.
Readers may browse Kansas City Public Library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ and Windows®. With Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” devices and apps [US only]. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.
To explore the library’s eReading rooms of ebooks and audiobooks, visit https://kclibrary.overdrive.com/ or download Libby today from Apple®, Android™ and Windows® app stores.
About Kansas City Public Library
The Kansas City Public Library is a doorway to knowledge for all people in our community. The system consists of a central library, nine physical branches, a digital branch, and an outreach services program serving constituents in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to providing library services to residents, the Library is a vital community resource for residents of greater Kansas City.
About Rakuten OverDrive
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. Named one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and one of TIME’s Best Apps of 2018, the award-winning Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 76 countries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. www.overdrive.com
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