App grants free e-books to youths in Greenlee County | Local News Stories – Arizona News

App grants free e-books to youths in Greenlee County | Local News Stories – Arizona News

GREENLEE COUNTY — It just got easier for children in Greenlee County to pick up a new book and read.

Open eBooks, a free app for phones and tablets, is being administered by the Greenlee County Library System.

The app was created by the New York Public Library, First Book, Baker and Taylor Publishers, and other organizations in order to make e-books available to “qualifying libraries, schools, head starts, and programs for children with disabilities.”

The program gained traction in Arizona over the last year after a pilot program in four libraries around the state, according to a press release.

“Reading improves your focus and imagination,” Greenlee County Librarian Karen Soohy said. “While many of us are avid ‘book-in-hand’ readers, there is a lot to be said about using e-books, too. We have lots of children using technology for games and need to stress that reading is another form of entertainment. This app has some amazing books available to children at all reading levels. Even parents who enjoy reading the Young Adult-level books can find a lot of great choices on the app.”

The library system is working together with the Duncan Unified School District, Duncan Head Start and Morenci Unified School District to make the free application available to students. Qualifying for the program, the schools are able to provide a PIN to students in order to gain access.

The program is also available to home school students in the county.

The Greenlee County public libraries offer a similar program, called Overdrive, for all…

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