New eBook Program for Children and Teens

More than 4,000 additional books are now available to children and teens in the Prescott Public Library area, thanks to Open eBooks, a grant-funded program.

Stop by the Youth Services desk and mention “Open eBooks” to get instructions and passwords for use on compatible devices. The Open eBooks app works on most tablets and smartphones with Android or iOS (Macintosh) operating systems. No library card is needed.

Get rolling with the Open eBooks app during a hands-on workshop at Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. in the Founders Suite. Workshop participants will be offered codes and the library will issue codes to interested participants for ongoing Open eBooks access.

Unlimited numbers of children and teens can borrow any book at the same time, making the new service well suited for book clubs or other groups and ensuring that there is no waiting for a popular title. Open eBooks also provides a lengthy loan period of eight weeks to make borrowing worry-free for vacations.

Youth librarians at Prescott Public Library are eager to assist in selection of appealing and appropriate titles. Thousands of additional eBooks are available to cardholders of all ages through the Yavapai Library Network’s Overdrive eBook and downloadable audio book collection.

Prescott Public Library is proud to be part of the Open eBooks initiative, a coalition of literacy. The Open eBooks in Arizona pilot project is supported in part by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State.

Funding is provided in part by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Content support is by Baker and Taylor, a digital books distributor. Founding partners include the Digital Public Library of America, New York Public Library, First Book and the educational-technology company Clever.

For more information, and to request access to Open eBooks, please stop by the library’s Youth Services desk, call 928.777.1537 or email youth.services@prescott-az.gov.