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Library system expands children's eBook collection
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Posted: 2014 Feb 14 - 07:05

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY - In an effort to keep up with technology, the St. Lucie County Library System has added 300 new children's titles to its eBook collection.

Most suited for ages 3 - 12, these 300 new additions include popular children's titles such as The Berenstain Bears and Curious George series, as well as young adult titles, including the Witch & Wizard Series by James Patterson.

A recent study by Scholastic and the Harrison Group shows that the percent of children who have read an eBook has nearly doubled since 2010 (from 25 percent to 46 percent). Additionally, half of the children age 9-17 say they would read more books for fun, if they had greater access to eBooks (a 50 percent increase since 2010). Findings also reveal the potential for eBooks to motivate boys, who are more commonly known to be reluctant readers, to read more. One in four boys who has read an eBook says he is now reading more books for fun.

Locally, St. Lucie County's eBook readership mirrors the national tread. During fiscal year 2013, the library had more than 35,000 e-circulations. While the selections continues to grow, so do the number of check outs, as the County is on track to double last year's e-circulation.

If you are new to eBooks, stop by the Morningside Branch Library's free E-Books Decoded sessions on the first and third Friday of each month at 2 p.m. to learn how to gain access to St. Lucie County's growing eBook collection. The Morningside Branch is located at 2410 SE Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie.

To find out more about St. Lucie County's e-circulation, including new titles for children visit http://library.stlucieco.gov.

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