Polk County Library Teams Up with Cossatot River School District to Expand Access to Ebooks and Digital Audiobooks

Shared goal to provide digital materials in the community, especially during remote learning

As educators seek more creative ways to support students’ learning, a key resource for schools is the local public library. Now, Polk County Library – a branch of Ouachita Mountains Regional Library – and Cossatot River School District have formed an innovative new partnership to increase students’ access to ebooks and digital audiobooks by combining the library’s and school’s digital reading resources in one app.

The library-school partnership provides safe access to thousands of age-appropriate titles for students’ use inside the classroom, at home and anywhere 24/7. Through Sora, the new student reading app for Cossatot River School District, students can now borrow from the school’s collection of classroom and pleasure reading titles as well as from Polk County Library’s juvenile and young adult digital collection. Students can easily log into the library’s digital collection through Sora using their school credentials rather than requiring a separate library card. In addition, Sora supports teachers by offering education-specific tools like achievements, exportable notes, and reading progress that encourage individualized learning.

 "We are excited to offer ebooks and audiobooks through Sora to the Cossatot River School District's students," said Polk County Librarian, Mary Renick. "The partnership between Polk County Library and the county's public schools provides online access to reading materials and helps students continue their education."

Terry Alexander, Librarian at Cossatot River School District, added, “Cossatot River School District strives to create lifelong readers. To accomplish our goal, we are collaborating with Ouachita Mountains Regional Library to provide our students a larger catalog of ebooks and audiobooks by giving them access to Sora. We are excited about this partnership because it will open up more choices for student selection.“

The Sora app was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions 2019 and is available for Cossatot River School District students to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available for use in web browsers at on any computer.

Since Polk County Library and Ouachita Mountains Regional Library are members of Arkansas Digital Library Consortium, the entire Polk County communities can also borrow and read Arkansas Digital Library Consortium’s complete ebook, audiobook and digital magazine collection. With a valid library card from Ouachita Mountains Regional Library and the award-winning Libby app, patrons can enjoy thousands of ebooks and audiobooks including bestsellers and new releases. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more. Libby can be used on any major device or computer, including Apple (R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R)(U.S. only).

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