The Maze Runner is the most popular eBook borrowed from school libraries


CLEVELAND, OHIO – February 29, 2016 – For many schools, the school library is the hub of the school and serves as the foundation for learning. School librarians put great books in the hands of students and help them thrive in the digital workspace of the future. OverDrive, the leading eBook and audiobook platform for schools, is enhancing the learning experience of the 21st century student by helping school libraries promote reading and support literacy goals with digital books.

One school library’s shift to digital has proven beneficial for the school library itself. Students at Heim Middle School (HMS) in Williamsville, New York begin each day with a 20-minute independent reading session using eBooks on their 1:1 devices, a classroom program spearheaded by Library Media Specialist, David Sala. “We knew that we wanted to continue to offer library services to our school community that they would find useful and relevant,” Sala said.

HMS is part of the Williamsville Central School District, which now features more than 2,000 digital books, with the focus on popular children’s and YA fiction. Sala said eBooks and audiobooks have been well received by the entire school community, as evident by students reading more and the enthusiasm shown by teachers for the learning opportunities they offer.

The most borrowed eBooks in 2015 from school libraries were:

  1. The Maze Runner (Random House Children’s Books)
  2. Wonder (Random House Children’s Books)
  3. Divergent(HarperCollins)
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Long Haul(Abrams)
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Cabin Fever(Amulet Books)
  6. Big Nate Makes a Splash(Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC)
  7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid(Amulet Books)
  8. The Scorch Trials(Random House Children’s Books)
  9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Ugly Truth(Amulet Books)
  10. The Lightning Thief(Disney Book Group)

Sala noted that librarians have become the go-to resource for questions about accessing eBooks and audiobooks and are the primary drivers behind what has become an extremely successful school-wide initiative. “It’s really helped us be more relevant in the school community,” Sala said. “They’re thinking technology and the library together, which was exactly what we wanted to see happen.”

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