October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Three million people are diagnosed with dyslexia each year. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing, and spelling difficulties, affecting up to 20% of the population.

Standard typefaces are often difficult to read for people with dyslexia. The letters are hard to differentiate and words tend to jumble together. The dyslexic font, or dyslexie, is designed so that each letter is unique. Letters and words have extra distance between them to combat reversal and flipping of letters. Capital letters are bolder to help readers identify new sentences, and each letter is bottom-weighted.

eAudiobooks, as well, offer a different sensory experience that provides another reading solution that readers with visual, language, and processing challenges can all enjoy.

Try the Libby app by OverDrive today!

Cowboy Pride: join the digital book club!

Inspired by Pride and Prejudice, author Lacy Williams has introduced a new dual love story with a Wild West twist. Voted on by librarians and library readers, Cowboy Pride, has been selected for the next Big Library Read.

From July 9-23, East Central Regional Library readers will be able to borrow the eBook with no wait lists or holds at https://ecrl.overdrive.com/ or by downloading the Libby app.

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Meet Libby!

Overdrive, East Central Regional Library’s primary provider of eBooks and eAudiobooks, has a new app called Libby!

Meet Libby, a new app built with for readers to discover and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from your library. Inspired by user and library feedback, Libby was designed to get people reading as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response from librarians and users during the public beta, OverDrive’s excited to officially introduce Libby to you! Whether you’re a new user or a current OverDrive app user interested in a new reading experience, give Libby a try!

Libby’s highlights:

  • Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space.
  • All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf.
  • Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab.

Note: If you’re a current user of the OverDrive app and love using it, please keep doing so. The OverDrive app offers some features Libby doesn’t yet offer, including Recommend to Library.