April 11, 2014
April 11, 2014
Ann Morgester, ASD Library Resources
ASD offers digital library books to students
Opportunity allows students to read year-round
The Anchorage School District announces the launch of its new digital library for students. The library currently has more than 400 titles ranging from books for early readers to high school level. Included are books on drawing and origami; the Ivy and Bean and Beautiful Darkness book series; graphic novels for elementary; fiction; nonfiction; and more. There is also a selection of 2015 Battle of the Books titles.
"This is a great and innovative opportunity to keep students reading throughout the year and helps instill that love of reading," said Superintendent Ed Graff. "The digital library will bring reading to students in a way that's fun and exciting to them."
Students can access the ASD digital library at http://asdk12.lib.overdrive.com. The student's 14-digit library number is the username, available from the school librarian. Students have the option to download a book or read it in a browser which will bookmark the last-read page until the book is returned. Students may check out two books at a time for up to two weeks each.
"While I still believe print books are critically important, we're responsible to meet the changing needs of our library patrons," said Ann Morgester, supervisor of ASD Library Resources. "Offering digital books is a fabulous way to give students the opportunity to continue reading while using 21st century skills."
Morgester said older students have told her they like the anonymity of checking out what they want without their peers seeing which books they chose, while younger students are excited they can continue reading over the summer without making as many trips to the library.
The district is actively working to greatly expand its new digital library.