Children with public library cards in Cobb County and throughout Georgia now have free access to almost 15,000 digital books through the new online eRead Kids collection.
The eRead Kids digital library of electronic books and audiobooks for children from pre-k through fourth grade expands the digital resources options available for Cobb children to promote early literacy, Cobb County Public Library officials said.
The eRead Kids collection is available through regular Cobb library card and Library PASS accounts. Developed through the collaboration of Cobb libraries with the Cobb County and Marietta City school districts, Library PASS (Public Library Access for Student Success) allows each student to use their student ID number to check out digital resources and library materials.
Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) launched eRead Kids on Thursday for all 407 public libraries in the state. The fiction and non-fiction collection gives families a resource to freely download electronic books to computers, tablets and smartphones to promote reading, officials said.
“Kids will build confidence and reading skills – and have fun – through eRead Kids,” said State Librarian Julie Walker. “eRead Kids will empower libraries to support young readers by offering a format convenient for traveling and entertaining kids, while growing their reading skills.”
GPLS collaborated with librarians throughout Georgia to select titles and identify the most advantageous offerings and pricing, officials said. eRead Kids is made possible by funding proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp and approved by the Georgia General Assembly.
“At GPLS, we strive to create programs that can be shared by all of our libraries, urban and rural, large and small. We can create economies of scale by leveraging our buying power for materials and services for statewide use,” said Walker.
Cobb County Electronic Resource and Technology Librarian Burr Osoinach participated in the planning for eRead Kids.
“This is a substantial collection of kids’ books,” Osoinach said. “We’re excited as this expansion, along with Library PASS, will bolster young Cobb students’ engagement with library resources in support of early literacy in our community.”