Library Now Offers “Kindles for Kids”

by Josh Overholser on August 13, 2014 at 7:06 am

Kids can now read their favorite books at the library without ever having to turn a page.

The Muskingum County Library System launched their "Kindles for Kids" program Wednesday. For now, the Kindles are only available at John McIntire Library, but if all goes well, the program could be expanded soon.

"We have three Kindles–one with easy readers, one with picture books, and one with chapter books," said Library Assistant Director Blair Tom. "And customers can check those out at the children’s desk and borrow those for two weeks and enjoy looking at and reading stories on their Kindle."

Tom said the Kindles help the library be able to hit three key points by helping kids read, discover and learn. By having the Kindles at the library, Tom said it also helps make the devices more accessible to kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to use one.

"Certainly, younger people are drawn to electronic devices, and there are some that don’t have access to those as well. So it’s a way of introducing them to reading in addition to the print format, and also making access to that format and device available to the entire community."

For more information on loaning one of the Kindles for your child, you are encouraged to stop by the children’s desk at John McIntire Library.