A digital library, launched through the state’s library service, has enabled the McDuffie County Library to expand its offerings and help children develop their reading skills.

The McDuffie County Library is one of the 407 libraries across the state that has access to eRead Kids, which provides children with free access to nearly 15,000 digital books.

The Georgia Library Service recently launched eRead Kids, a collection of 15,000 electronic and audio books for children, from pre-K through fourth grade, to encourage and promote literacy.

“All that is needed is a library card and any electronic device that has Internet access and the child can read from home or other locations,” said McDuffie County Library Director Suzan Harris.  “The value of eRead Kids is that it adds many more books to our collection without additional expense to our budget,” she said.   

Harris said to find eRead Kids, a child or parent must first go to the library’s website at www.btrl.net and click on the search our catalogs and find eRead kids. A login code by entering the library card number is required, followed by a PIN number, which may be obtained by calling the library at 706-595-1341 or visiting in person.

The director said that a person may search the collection and may check out a maximum of five books at one time and may place holds on up to five books.  The books of fiction, nonfiction and audio book titles may be downloaded onto computers, tablets, and smart phones.

Books may be checked out for a two-week maximum. After two weeks, the books are automatically returned, however, a book may be returned by going to your eRead library and clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the book icon and selecting return.

“Kids love devices and this provides them the opportunity to do more than play games. This is an opportunity to use the devices and actively read and develop their learning skills,” Harris said. This eRead Kids encourages early reading which is important to success in education, she added.

According to 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. She said the Georgia Public Library Service has worked with children’s librarians across the state to select titles and identify the most advantageous offerings.

“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.

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