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Lexington Public Library creates Homeschool Materials and Resource eReading room


Libraries have long embraced the digital age and are continually adding innovations and conveniences to serve the members of their community. Another excellent example is the eReading Room.

Lexington Public Library has digitized the concept of physical reading rooms by creating a specialized eReading Room of Homeschool Materials and Resources ebooks and audiobooks. With a library card, Lexington and Fayette County residents can browse digital books sectioned off from the rest of the catalog with all searches filtered and dedicated to Homeschool Materials and Resources. Readers can find this on the library’s website at www.lexpublib.org and on Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive.

A screen capture of the Lexington Public Library’s Homeschool Materials and Resources website

“Homeschool families requested additional resources as part of our master planning process several years ago. As more families opt for homeschooling and all Fayette County Public School families are learning remotely, it made sense for the Library to create a special digital collection to support online learning,” says executive director Heather Dieffenbach. The eReading Room is one of several new services designed to support school-aged students, including the addition of online homework help with Brainfuse. “It is more important than ever that our public library system support Lexington’s children in their educational journey. I hope that this eReading Room makes it easier for families to access the many tools that we offer to help them.”

Lexington Public Library’s digital collection offers thousands of ebooks and audiobooks in a variety of genres for all ages. The eReading Room concept is based on the physical spaces in libraries that are designed specifically for students and allow one-click access to resources for families who are homeschooling young students or supplementing materials taught through Fayette County Public Schools’ remote instruction.

Readers may browse Lexington Public Library’s full digital catalog of ebooks and audiobooks, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and Chromebook. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle.” All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

To explore the library’s eReading Rooms of ebooks and audiobooks, visit www.lexpublib.org or download Libby today from Apple, Android and Windows app stores.

From Lexington Public Library


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