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2014-7-07: Information Station Column

We have had people ask for a little filtering on the books on Wilbor – so their kids would not be able to see books with strong adult content on their tablets.  Overdrive heard this request and now has a Kids eReading Room and a Teen eReading Room on the Wilbor website.  Scroll down a bit on the home page of Wilbor and you will find the links to the new pages.  OverDrive writes this introduction:  WHAT IS IT?  Kids and teens need a safe environment to browse the library.  Just as the children’s section of the physical branch is creatively sectioned off, we worked with our library partners to develop an appealing, user-friendly section of your OverDrive-powered website for kids or teens.

The eReading Room(s) is a customized section of our WILBOR website that displays content only for kids or teens.  Displayed content includes only juvenile and young adult titles.  Checkouts and hold are processed the same way as the full version of the library website, so when kids and teens are ready to use the full version, they’ll already know how to navigate the pages.

Once inside the eReading Room(s), all searches will show only children or teen content.  No adult content will appear in the search results.  All titles in the eReading Room(s) are also cataloged by reading level and other metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy efforts.  As with all eBooks in our full collection, all titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold.  Parents can feel comfortable knowing their children are browsing and borrowing books that are age, grade, and reading-level appropriate.