Public Libraries Evolving to Meet the Needs of their Communities
Supporting one of the nation’s most important resources during National Library Week
CLEVELAND — April 11, 2016 – This week, CLEVNET and Cuyahoga County Public Library join public libraries in communities nationwide to celebrate dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries are places of information, offering people free access to a wealth of information that they often can’t find elsewhere, whether online, in print or in person. They work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover and address the needs of their communities, and they respond. Whether through offering eBooks and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or offering a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries are the center of community for millions of people. They provide resources that are the key to opportunity and can transform lives.
When most people think “library,” they think books. And while that is certainly true, these days books take different shapes, such as eBooks and audiobooks. Cleveland’s community libraries partner with OverDrive, the industry-leading eBook and audiobook platform for libraries and schools, to offer access to a variety of digital resources, including eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video that readers can access anytime and anywhere. Libraries’ digital collections can be read on all computers and mobile devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle® [U.S. Libraries only].
To take advantage of the many benefits libraries have to offer, all that is needed is a library card. You can obtain a library card online at any of these greater Cleveland area libraries:
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
OverDrive is the leading digital distribution platform, supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video and periodicals to 34,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. We support all major computers and devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only). OverDrive delivers all digital media on a single platform, and offers innovations such as OverDrive Read, the breakthrough EPUB and HTML5 browser-based reading experience, and Read-Along eBooks. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and is owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. For more information, visit www.overdrive.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our blog.
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