Tuesday, January 31, 2017

NC Kids Digital Library Launches

Visit our newest service for children: NC Kids Digital Library.

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has joined a statewide eBook consortium specifically for preschoolers through fourth graders, “NC Kids Digital Library.” The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina created the new digital resource sharing service.

Over 3,700 eBooks, audiobooks, read-alongs, and videos are offered through OverDrive’s digital reading platform. All titles can be accessed via the app on all major computers and devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only). All that’s needed to get started is a library card.

NC Kids Digital Library is sponsored by NCPLDA and the N.C. General Assembly with assistance from the State Library of N.C., a division of the Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources. In July of last year, the 2016 Appropriations Act was signed into law for fiscal year 2016-2017 that included a funding provision for $200,000 for the State Library to work with NCPLDA to create a statewide consortium for all public library cardholders. 

To find more downloadable eBooks and other digital materials, click here 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to ID Fake News with your Library's Help

The ability to tell the difference between real and fake news is a crucial one, as a recent editorial in The Fayetteville Observer noted. Your local library can help you sort out facts from propaganda. 

Did your mother call you to tell you that liberals hate science? Did your Facebook feed pop up with an article on a new pesticide that's going to kill us all? Did one of your friends breathlessly tell you that president-elect Donald Trump was going to pardon mass shooter Dylann Roof? You might have heard any or all of these stories, but there's one thread connecting all of them: they're not true. The ability to tell accurate news from fake news is an important skill that you'll use for the rest of your life. Ask a librarian at your local library for help or get started on researching for yourself with the help of this library resource guide from Indiana University East.