Libraries add kid-friendly digital collection e-site


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Isaiah Dorn of Melbourne checks out the new kid-friendly collection of digital media while at the Suntree/Viera Library.

Viera Voice Mike Gaffey

Brevard County children now have their own website for browsing favorite library titles.

Brevard County Libraries recently added a separate site to its main digital collection website, brevard.lib.overdrive.com, which provides children with safe and easy access to age-appropriate e-books and audiobooks. 

The new site, brevard.lib.overdrive.com/kids, quickly connects young readers with such popular series as “Big Nate” and “Curious George” and works by authors J.K. Rowling and Dr. Seuss.

“We have thousands and thousands of titles, but getting to them when you’re a child, you’re looking at the mysteries, you’re looking at the romance novels, you’re not necessarily seeing that there is a collection just for children,” Susan Szymula, north area director for Brevard County Libraries, said of the new service. “This way, they’re only seeing children’s titles.”

Powered by Overdrive, a Cleveland-based top distributor of e-books, audiobooks, music and video, the eLibrary for Kids site filters children’s material from the main digital collection, leaving out teen and young adult titles, too. Kids on electronic devices such as personal computers, tablets, smart phones or e-book readers can browse the page for titles by subject, reading level or interest level at any time, anywhere, said Scott Hauge, youth services director at Suntree/Viera Public Library.

Another plus: There are no late fees because e-books and audiobooks expire automatically, taking the pressure off parents who typically help young readers keep track of their media loans.

The digital service is free for children with a library card.  

“It’s really nice for the kids to have something that’s just their own and to be able to check out audiobooks and e-books,” Szymula said. VV