Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Early Literacy eBook Collection

BVSD’s youngest readers now have access to quality, narrated eBooks. Our libraries recently acquired an early literacy eBook collection, offered for free as a product of a collaboration between Douglas County Libraries, the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), and Unite for Literacy. These organizations partnered to offer picture-book-style eBooks for young readers with multilingual narration. A recent article by Jamie LaRue in American Libraries Magazine, “The Price is Right at Unite for Literacy,” details the history of the partnership and the need for early literacy eBooks.

Each eBook has a variety of narration languages available.
Students, parents, and teachers can access the Unite for Literacy collection from the Unite for Literacy website. Clicking on an eBook image opens the title in the web-browser, where readers can select their narration language.

The Unite for Literacy website is arranged like a bookshelf for easy viewing.
These books are also accessible through district’s online catalog. Clicking on the link in the book’s description will take readers to the Unite for Literacy website.

eBook collections such as Unite for Literacy are part of the hybrid environment that is developing in many library collections. We anticipate more libraries in our district adopting a combination of digital and traditional library materials in order to best support their students.