The Portage Area School District is a participant in the "Open eBooks" program, which provides free e-books for children in economically distressed regions. Participation in the program requires a username and password, and a reading device that can use downloaded apps. For an instruction sheet including username and password, please contact Jay Shuck in the high school library, firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-736-9597 ext. 1540
To acquire an e-book from the schools' collections, you must first have an Overdrive username and password provided by the PAHS or PAES Library. To activate your free e-book account, contact high school librarian Jay Shuck at email@example.com or elementary librarian Kathy Walls at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PASD Libraries are currently working with the Overdrive company to offer an e-book lending service for junior-senior high and elementary students. Patrons can check out books any day at any hour. The service will work with computers, digital tablets, e-book readers and smart phones; however, phones and phone lookalikes cannot be used in the high school. (Click here for list of supported devices.)
The digital library has a relatively small number of books compared to the libraries' bound collections, but, assuming all goes well, the digital collections will expand quickly.
-- Take your e-book device to the school library for a practice download. -- Visit http://help.overdrive.com for a list of supported devices and tutorials about downloading books.