In partnership with Kobo and ETAG, Family Councils Ontario launched a Digital Reading Project in 2015. The first phase of the project involved Family Councils who created digital libraries using eReaders and eBooks at their long-term care home. With Family Council members acting as librarians to manage the digital libraries, this phase allowed residents, family members, volunteers and visitors to check out an eReader and read on their own (a resident), or be read to or with (by a family member, volunteer, visitor). The availability of eReaders increased the number of LTC residents and families reading in Long-Term Care, thereby increasing the many health and wellness benefits associated with reading.
For phase two of the Digital Reading project, we invited Family Councils to submit their own ideas on how they can use eReaders within their LTC home to promote literacy and reading while using technology. Selected Councils received grants of Kobo eReaders and gift cards, generously donated by Kobo, and training by ETAG on how to use the eReaders. These Councils used the grants and training to facilitate digital reading in their homes and improve the quality of life of residents.
Along with eReaders and gift cards generously donated by Kobo and workshops on Using Kobo eReaders to Facilitate Reading Programs delivered by ETAG, FCO supported participating Councils throughout the project.
We sincerely thank Kobo for their enthusiastic support and generous donation for this project!