Statewide Digital Library Expands Cobb’s Students Access to About 15,000 Books

Whether they are at home, at school, or traveling, Cobb students now have access to a digital collection of almost 15,000 electronic and audiobooks for pre-k through fourth grade. 

The Georgia Public Library Service recently launched eRead Kids, a new digital library available through all 407 public libraries in the state.  

All Georgia students need is a library card. It’s even easier for students in Cobb Schools. Thanks to Cobb’s partnership with the Cobb County Public Library, students can use their student ID to check out digital resources and library material. The Library PASS or Public Library Access for Student Success initiative launched in 2018.  

“The PASS partnership with Cobb County Public Library was created to provide additional literacy resources to our students,” said Holly Frilot, Cobb Supervisor of Library Media Education. “With engaging resources like eRead Kids, our students develop crucial literacy skills while reading books on topics they enjoy. We are so grateful for our partnership with the Cobb County Public Library!” 

The eRead Kids, which includes fiction and non-fiction books, gives families a resource to freely download electronic books to computers, tablets, and smartphones to promote reading. 

“Kids will build confidence and reading skills – and have fun – through eRead Kids,” said State Librarian Julie Walker. “eRead Kids will empower libraries to support young readers by offering a format convenient for traveling and entertaining kids while growing their reading skills.” 

Georgia Public Library Service collaborated with librarians throughout Georgia to select titles and identify the most advantageous offerings and pricing. The eRead Kids digital library is made possible by funding proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp and approved by the Georgia General Assembly.  

“At GPLS, we strive to create programs that can be shared by all of our libraries, urban and rural, large and small. We can create economies of scale by leveraging our buying power for materials and services for statewide use,” said Walker. 

Cobb County Electronic Resource and Technology Librarian Burr Osoinach participated in the planning for eRead Kids. 

“This is a substantial collection of kids books,” Osoinach said. “We’re excited as this expansion, along with Library PASS, will bolster young Cobb students’ engagement with library resources in support of early literacy in our community.”   

For information on eRead Kids, visit www.cobbcat.org/downloads or contact any Cobb County library.