ISSAQUAH, WA — May 15, 2018 – As the number one digital-circulating library in the country, King County Library System (KCLS) patrons are considered to be savvy digital readers. To support their avid use of the KCLS digital collection, and to encourage more digital readership among interested KCLS library users, OverDrive, a digital content provider, will send its digital bookmobile to visit two KCLS libraries.
"King County Library System is always looking for opportunities to enhance services and increase program offerings our cardholders want and need," said Mary Comstock, KCLS' Librarian Services Manager for the Northeast region of libraries. "The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile staff will share new tips with our patrons to add to their digital reading experience with the library's OverDrive collection of more than 4.7 million digital eBooks and audiobooks."
KCLS cardholders will have the opportunity to visit the Digital Bookmobile at KCLS' Redmond and Covington Libraries this month. The bookmobile is touring nationwide to promote the borrowing of eBooks, audio books and streaming video services. KCLS is the only public library system it will visit in Washington State since its last tour to the Pacific Northwest nearly five years ago.
"As our top, circulating library in 2017, our team is eager to meet some of the King County Library System patrons who checked out nearly 4 million digital titles last year," said Renee Bixler, OverDrive's Director of Marketing Services. "The King County Library System staff is known for their innovative and influential promotional strategies for the benefit of their library cardholders, and hosting the Digital Bookmobile is a great example of that."
The new, high-tech digital bookmobile will visit King County Library System's Redmond Library at 15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond, WA 98052 on Saturday, May 19, 11am-3pm, and at its Covington Library at27100 164th Avenue SE, Covington 98042 on Tuesday, May 22, 2-6pm.
The traveling exhibit contains several interactive learning stations for patrons to explore during their visit. Both digital bookmobile events are free to attend. King County residents may sign up for free KCLS library cards on-site to borrow items from its digital collection.
"We are thrilled the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile selected to visit KCLS libraries, including Redmond, where one of the pioneering, multi-national technology companies is headquartered," said Comstock. "The KCLS Redmond Library serves patrons of all ages with various levels of digital expertise, from those who are new to digital reading to more technophile readers, all of whom will enjoy a visit to the digital bookmobile."
Follow the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile journey around North America on the OverDrive website, blog or social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr.
About Rakuten OverDrive and Libby
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. Libby is the highly rated "one-tap reading app" for libraries named one of Google Play's Best Apps of 2017. We are dedicated to "a world enlightened by reading" by delivering the industry's largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 40,000 libraries and schools in 70 countries. Founded in 1986 and based in Cleveland, Ohio USA, OverDrive is owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten.
About King County Library System
Founded in 1942, the King County Library System (KCLS) is one of the busiest library systems in the country. Serving the communities of King County (outside the City of Seattle) in Washington State, KCLS currently has 49 libraries and more than 700,000 cardholders. In 2017, KCLS welcomed more than 10 million visitors, and King County residents checked out nearly 21 million items, including more than 4.7 million digital eBooks and audiobooks, making KCLS the #1 digital-circulating library in the U.S.