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Candler Elementary students get digital library cards

Students at Candler Elementary can now check out books in North Carolina's public libraries without ever leaving school. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Some Buncombe County students now have cards that can link them to the library with just the touch of their fingertips. It's free, and it gives them access to endless information.

Students at Candler Elementary can now check out books in North Carolina's public libraries without ever leaving school. With the help of Asheville's Pack Memorial Library, the kids were able to create their accounts.

The students are learning how to use their cards to log on to the North Carolina Kids Digital Library. They said it's exciting to have access to all of those books simply by using their e-cards.

"I was, like, yay," fourth-grader Ezequile said. "Now, you can go online and get books like 'The Day the Crayons Quit,' because sometimes you can't find those in the libraries or they are unavailable."

"I sometimes like reading to myself, and I sometimes like other people reading to me or just listening to audio books instead of reading the real thing," fourth-grader Georganna said.

The kids are allowed to check out five items at a time and keep them up to 14 days.

And Candler Elementary wants to give a shout out to the Biltmore Lake Charitable Fund, which provided more than $10,000 to buy the laptops so more students can have access to the North Carolina Kids Digital Library.

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