Norwalk Public Library has joined the “Digital Dash.”

Throughout the rest of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s Digital Dash contest. If the library hits 4,347,351 digital checkouts by the end of the year, it will be eligible to win additional funds to buy more ebooks and audiobooks for its OverDrive collection.

While the library offered ebooks and digital audiobooks to the community through its partnership with OverDrive for 12 years, many people are still surprised to learn their library card gives them access to over 71,000 free digital titles, said library director Jeanne Rice.

“I think it’s a wonderful way to get more books in our Wisconsin Digital Library if we win the contest, so e-read and e-listen on Wisconsin,” Rice said.

The library’s digital books are free for anyone with a valid library card.

Rice said popular titles include Small Great Things, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and The Whistler. Users can borrow bestsellers and classic ebooks and digital audiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, Kindles and other eReaders, MP3 players and computers.

Wisconsin’s Digital Library also offers a dedicated space for younger readers, with a variety of juvenile and young adult titles. There are never late fees with digital titles, as they return automatically at the end of the lending period.

Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting https://wplc.overdrive.com or by downloading the Libby app from their device’s app store.

OverDrive is a digital reading platform for libraries and schools. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland and is owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten. Its website is overdrive.com.

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