Finland launches digital book collection to spark children’s interest in literature
From July 9, children’s books will become more easily accessible
In recent years, children and young people have turned away from literature and reading for the sake of it. Instead, they embraced smart devices, watching movies and playing games on computers and tablets. In an attempt to spark their interest in literature, Finland will now launch a collection of audio and electronic books for children and young people on a national online platform.
Young audiences have so far been ignored
While it is true that one can find a wide variety of books online, it should be noted that the majority of literature targets adults. Seen that children have so far lacked sufficient material and that those that are available are often hard to find, Finland has taken steps to ensure that there is a new, accessible way to discover new books.
More precisely, a digital collection of 95 titles will be available on Friday July 9 via the Ellibs platform. Audiobooks and e-books will be available in both Finnish and Swedish. In addition, the collection has been carefully selected by library professionals specializing in children’s and children’s literature.
Promote the development of literacy
Designate Marja Hjelt of the Public Libraries Consortium commented on the digital collection in a press release from the City of Helsinki, noting: “Reading for children and young people has declined, perhaps due to the impact of digital devices, and now we want to help children and young people make digital literature a natural part of their daily lives.
The new collection will improve the discoverability and usability of digital content in libraries – and increase their volume as well. It is also essential that everyone now has equal access to a single collection. “
According to the city of Helsinki, the digital collection is a two-year project funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture in order to promote the development of literacy. With the creation and launch of the 95 tracks, it is hoped that more children and young people will start reading.
To go further, it should be noted that the platform will make life easier for students because they will no longer have to wait for their classmates to return the books they need. Now everyone will have access to all the necessary literature at all times.
The Ellibs platform can be downloaded for free on iOS, Android and Huawei devices. Alternatively, it can be found online at www.ellibslibrary.com.