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NC Kids digital library sees 1 million digital book orders, a 60% increase, during pandemic ::

North Carolina children read during the pandemic. Tuesday, NC Children’s Digital Library, a statewide e-book consortium, announced that it reached 1 million e-book orders in 2020, a 60% increase from the previous year.

NC Kids Digital Library is available at all public libraries in North Carolina. To view e-books and audiobooks, kids just need a valid library card from a member library. The digital collection can be read on any Apple, Android, Chromebook and Kindle device and through the Libby Reading App.

The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association launched the NC Kids Digital Library in 2017 so that children, mainly in Kindergarten to Grade 4, could access reading materials, according to a press release. It is the first statewide digital children’s library in the United States with a $ 200,000 credit from the North Carolina General Assembly. The digital library began to offer primarily fiction to promote the love of reading. But as partnerships between libraries and schools grew, it began to offer more non-fiction books.

Interest and use of readers has increased every year and has exploded during COVID. The virtual library had 624,405 e-book and audiobook withdrawals in 2019. (The County Durham Library also saw a sharp increase in video views during the pandemic.) NC Kids Digital Library is now one of 102 public library systems worldwide with over one million cases.

“We are thrilled that NC Kids Digital Library is joining the Million Checkout Club as it represents the thousands of young readers in North Carolina who have benefited from this statewide eBook initiative,” said Jennifer Sackett , director of the Lincoln County Public Library, in a press release. Release. “Having a resource like the NC Children’s Digital Library that promotes literacy and education has been a lifeline, especially in a time when access to many resources has been limited and the traditional education has been replaced by distance learning. We appreciate that the General Assembly and the Governor are working with North Carolina Public Libraries to expand access to quality resources for all children.

In what won’t shock parents of young readers, Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” was the most circulated title readers borrowed in 2020. The most circulated genre was comics and novels graphics.

Here are some other popular titles, according to the press release.

Top 5 Beginner Readers Borrowed Through NC Kids Digital Library’s Digital Collection in 2020:
1. “Lego Ninjago: Ninja, go for it!” by DK
2. “Team Ninja” by Catherine Saunders
3. “Scuba-Cat” by James Dean
4. “Pete the Cat and the Lost Tooth” by James Dean
5. “Five Little Pumpkins” by James Dean

The 5 best Lerner Publishing Group titles borrowed from the NC Kids Digital Library digital collection in 2020:
1. “Don’t call me grandmother” by Vaunda Micheaux Nelso
2. “Forgotten Bones” by Lois Miner Huey
3. “Dive into Danger” by Kelly Milner Halls
4. “Dino-Basketball” by Lisa Wheeler
5. “Dino-Racing” by Lisa Wheeler