Cuyahoga County Public Library to Increase eBook Access for Students

Parma - Cuyahoga County Public Library is collaborating with local schools to increase access to eBooks and eAudiobooks for students by combining CCPL's and schools' digital reading resources in a single app.

Schools participating in the collaboration include Beachwood City Schools, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools and Warrensville Heights City School District. Additional schools may be added in the coming weeks.

This school-library collaboration will provide students with safe access to age-appropriate eBook titles through Sora, a student reading app powered by OverDrive. Using Sora, students will be able to borrow from their schools' eBook collections as well as from CCPL's juvenile and young adult eBook titles. Sora also supports teachers by providing education-specific tools like achievements, exportable notes and reading progress to encourage individualized learning.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with our local schools to increase student access to eBook content," said CCPL Executive Director Tracy Strobel. "As students and parents adjust to the challenge of learning from home we happy to do what we can to help ease that burden."

"We are thrilled about this announcement," said Beachwood City Schools librarian Angela Maxwell. "It comes at a perfect time, as we are looking for ways to enrich our collection while students and teachers are digitally reading at home. We are so thankful for the support of our public library partners."

The Sora app was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions 2019 and is available for Beachwood City Schools, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools and Warrensville Heights City School District students to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store.

Cuyahoga County residents can also borrow and read CCPL's complete eBook and eAudiobook collection with a valid library card through the award-winning Libby app. CCPL's collection includes best-sellers, new releases and a selection of always-available eAudiobooks. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more. Libby can be used Libby on any major device or computer, including Apple, Android, Chromebook and Kindle.

Both reading apps are built by OverDrive and OverDrive Education.

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