Thousands of free e-books available this summer for CNY kids

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A new program from OCM BOCES is offering thousands of free e-books to students from pre-k through high school this summer.

More than 60,000 students across Central New York will have access to the free e-books through their school district because of the pilot program.

OCM BOCES School Library System is participating in the myOn digital library, which gives students access to thousands of books that can be read on computers, laptops and other devices.

Since May, students have already finished nearly 20,000 books.

Jess Cook is an 8th grader using the myOn e-books.  She tells NewsChannel 9, “I would recommend this a lot for younger kids too because there are a lot of different levels of books.

“This is something they can get anywhere, anytime on any device which really gave us the opportunity to facilitate access for all kids.” Says Doreen Bergman, School Library System Coordinator for OCM BOCES.

She adds that myOn books are downloadable so can load books on your device for times when there is no Internet access.

Students in all 23 of OCM BOCES component school districts (Baldwinsville, Chittenango, Cincinnatus, Cortland, Cazenovia, DeRuyter, East Syracuse Minoa, Fayetteville-Manlius, Fabius-Pompey, Homer, Jamesville-DeWitt, LaFayette, Lyncourt, Liverpool, McGraw, Marathon, Marcellus, North Syracuse, Onondaga, Solvay, Tully, West Genesee and Westhill), along with the Syracuse Diocese and Manlius Pebble Hill School can access to the myOn e-books collection.

To access myOn, click here.

Students will need to enter their school name, district identification (as their username) and the password “books” in order to access the database free of charge through OCM BOCES. 

Students that read and log at least 10 books through the myOn program by September 2, 2016 will be entered into a random drawing for an iPad Mini.

Additionally, there are prizes for the top readers in elementary, middle and high school.

For more information about prizes or the 2016 Summer Reading Program, click here.

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