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January 26, 2021 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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OverDrive and Hachette Provide Anti-Racist Books to Schools

Hachette Book Group gave school libraries “a collection of books that provide resources to students to learn about the importance of anti-racism, empathy, and social justice.” Curated for elementary and secondary schools, the collection offers both fiction and nonfiction titles, such as Becoming Kareem by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo; Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi; and Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Hachette donated “10,000 physical books and 20,000 ebooks and audiobooks on topics of race, anti-racism, equality, and identity, partnering with Follett for the physical book distribution and OverDrive Education for digital distribution. This outreach will connect with thousands of elementary, middle and high schools, with Follett providing 1,000 sets of 10 print books each to designated Title 1 schools and OverDrive Education fulfilling 20,000 ebooks and audiobooks to 2,000 school libraries across the country, for a total of 200,000 downloads (students can then read the ebook or audiobook in OverDrive Education’s student reading app, Sora).”

OverDrive shared a blog post with instructions on how to enroll: “The enrollment period [began] on Monday, Jan. 25 and will last until all spots are filled. Slots are first-come, first-served—so be sure you don’t miss out! You can sign up using this link.” Instructions are as follows:

  1. Any school in the U.S. and Canada can choose up to 10 titles from the given list.
  2. Registration is limited to 1,450 schools, on a first-come, first-served basis. Each school can only enter once.
  3. Selected schools will be granted 10 free concurrent circulations of each title.
  4. Titles will appear in the Sora app the week of Feb. 8.

For more information, read the news item.



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