New Kids and Teen OverDrive websites

Introduce your kids and teens to East Central Regional Library’s Kids and Teen Collections of digital titles!

East Central Regional Library has expanded its services with new digital library experiences just for kids and teens. The main digital collection, which can be accessed by the East Central Regional Library collection in the OverDrive app or by visiting http:/, now offers a way to provide safe and easy browsing experiences just for kids and teens.

The Kids collection filters the digital site to only show Children’s content, and the Teen collection filters the digital site to only show Young Adult content.  This filtering gets kids and teens to the titles they want faster!  These appealing and user-friendly collections contain eBooks and eAudiobooks, including popular titles such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

Kids and teens need a safe environment to browse the library. Just as children and teens have their own sections of the physical branch libraries, now they too have their own section of the ECRL Digital Library!

These new age-friendly digital spaces are free to use with an ECRL library card and password. Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere and expire automatically, with no late fees.

Final Week of SYNC 2016

Update: SYNC 2016 has ended. SYNC will return in May 2017!

Our final week of this year’s SYNC Audiobook program is here. Thanks for participating in SYNC all summer long!  We hope you’ve enjoyed the pairings.

Bone Gap by Laura Rubybone-gap-97140-sync2016-2400x2400

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years ago, their mother hightailed it to Oregon for a brand-new guy, a brand-new life. Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turn up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

2016 Printz Award Winner, National Book Award Finalist

Classic American Short Stories

A special bundclassic-american-short-stories-09696-sync2016-2400x2400le just for SYNC listeners. Sixteen short stories by seven great 19th and 20th century American writers including Mark Twain and Jack London. These stories are classics, and are frequently assigned reading. In fact, it’s possible that you will meet every story here throughout high school or college, so download them now to have them at the ready!


 Although this week finishes up the SYNC 2016 season, the listening doesn’t stop here! Listen all year round with East Central Regional Library.  We offer downloadable eAudiobooks from both Oneclickdigital and Overdrive, as well as Books on CD at all of our branch locations.

We want to hear from you!  What was your favorite title of SYNC 2016?

Available for a Limited Time
Remember — grab these titles before they expire on  8/18/2016! While the download time is limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to keep.

New to SYNC? Learn more to get you started!

Thank you to HarperAudio and Naxos AudioBooks for providing this week’s titles.

Sign in issue at OverDrive website

Update: the previously reported sign in issue is now resolved. Patrons can successfully sign in at ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library.  We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

We have received notice from OverDrive that you may be experiencing issues signing into ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library website.   OverDrive is investigating the cause.  ECRL will post an update when the issue has been resolved.

In the meantime, have you explored your digital options from Ebooks Minnesota or Oneclickdigital?

Free Summer Listening with SYNC!


SYNC is a free summer eAudiobook program for teens 13+. (Adults, you can listen too.  We won’t tell the teens!) SYNC began in summer 2010 and has been growing ever since. In 2014, 26 titles were given away ovsynchead-150x150er 13 weeks. In 2015, 28 titles were given away over 14 weeks. SYNC 2016 will give away 30 titles over 15 weeks!

Starting May 5th 2016 and ending August 17th, SYNC will give away two eAudiobook downloads a week – titles paired together based on weekly themes.

The 2016 line-up includes award-winning authors such as Chinua Achebe, M.T. Anderson, Laura Ruby, Andrew Smith, David Levithan, and Tamara Ireland Stone. Check out the exciting pairs!


SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.

Listening allows busy teens to enjoy a good book while they’re multi-tasking: mowing the lawn, practicing sports, cleaning their rooms, relaxing on the beach—even playing
video games with the game sound muted. SYNC hooks teens by introducing a wide variety of titles.  Preview the titles with clips on SoundCloud.

Parents, audio listening promotes literacy by increasing reading accuracy by 52% and reading comprehension by 76%. Learn more here.


SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine, powered by OverDrive, and supported by East Central Regional Library. Titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. If you are not yet an OverDrive user, download the app to your device today and be ready to go!


Be first to know when new titles are available to download:

  • Text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about all the featured titles.*
  • Visit and sign up for alerts by email.*

Download Details

  • Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible.
  • Most listening devices are supported.
  • Each SYNC eAudiobook is available for download for a period of 7 days (only).
  • Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.
  • Titles change every Thursday at 6am CT throughout the duration of the program.


Stay in touch with SYNC on social media!

Facebook — Twitter: @audiobookSYNC and #audiobookSYNC — Pinterest


*Please Note: Signing up for these alerts will not send you the titles. The alerts will simply tell you when and where the title is available to download.

Having trouble? View the SYNC help page for issues or questions about the download process.


More Big Library Read!

Have you finished American Sniper, but just can’t get enough?

Taya Kyle, the widow of author Chris Kyle, visited with OverDrive’s Professional Book Nerds podcast to share more about their story and talk about the version of Chris you may not see in American Sniper. Taya, who is also a New York Times best-selling author, shared wonderful insight into their experiences both while Chris was serving and at home. Listen to the exclusive interview with Taya Kyle.

On ECRL’s OverDrive Digital Library, you will also discover some great American Sniper read-alikes in our Featured Collection.

There’s still time borrow American Sniper in eBook or eAudiobook format without wait lists or holds! Big Library Read runs through 31st.