KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new program at the Kansas City Public Library is allowing teenagers to hit the books without physically being there.
The library has created an eReading room. It puts a digital spin on typical reading rooms by allowing teens to browse e-books and e-audiobooks from the comfort of their homes.
"One of the advantages online is that it's almost an unlimited amount of space," said Lisa Gooden, the youth specialist for the Kansas City Public Library. "Our physical libraries can only hold so many books, but our online collection is extensive. You don't have to go to one particular branch to find a book."
The concept for eReading rooms came from the existence of physical spaces in libraries that are designed specifically for children and teenagers. Gooden said the rooms highlight materials with certain themes and formats for select age levels. Teenagers only need a library card and internet access.
“We love to promote young adult books at our branches, so it was a natural transition to add an online page where teens can go to find e-books and e-audiobooks for download," Gooden said.
All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees.