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First-of-Its Kind Children’s eBook Portal Now Available at the Clayton Library!

02/01/2017

Bring the magic of books alive with a new digital resource available from Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, the Town of Clayton’s municipal library. 

Starting today, you’ll be able to access more than 3,000 eBooks, 689 audiobooks and 37 streaming videos and Read-Along’s…all aimed at children…and all FREE with your Clayton Library card. 

It’s called NC Kids Digital Library and you can access it right now from ClaytonLibraryNC.org

This cool new sharing resource was made possible by the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina. It’s aimed primarily for kids pre-K through 4th grade.

OverDrive is the digital reading platform used by dozens of libraries across the county and state. Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library has been using it with success for more than a year.  That’s why our municipal library was excited to team up with 85 other libraries through North Carolina to bring this specialized new reading platform just for kids. The NC General Assembly awarded a $200,000 grant to the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association to make NCKids possible and then each library contributed money as well. The Town of Clayton through our library contributed $600 to make this amazing content instantly accessible to children, whether at the library, at home, or anywhere! 

The site is easy and secure to use. Parents can search by reading level or interests. NCKids can be accessed through the Overdrive app on all major computers and mobile devices, including any Apple operating system like iPhones and iPads, Android devices, Chromebook and Kindle. 

Most of the titles can only be checked out by one person at a time, but there are at least 300 that are available anytime with no wait and no check-out limit.  You can check out 5 items at a time for 2 weeks at a time, with the exception of videos which can only be checked-out for 7 days. While you can’t put an item on hold, but please understand we’re sharing this resource with about 75 other libraries and it may take you a few times checking back to find the book you’re excited about is now available.   

“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 the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association. "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.” 

If you’re not sure how to access NCKids, stop by Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, give us a call at 919-553-5542 or email us at claytonlibrary@townofclaytonnc.org 

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