A recent Pew Research study showed that about 76 percent of Americans read a book last year, but only about 28 percent of those read an e-book.
And only half of the e-book readers knew they could check out an e-book from their local library - for free.
OverDrive, the North Central Library District's distributor of e-books and audiobooks, has launched a challenge for public libraries.
With the OverDrive Challenge that is being held throughout the month of June, OverDrive is raising awareness of library e-book lending in an effort to boost circulation.
Libraries are in competition with themselves to beat their best month of record for circulation.
The 40 libraries in the North Central Library District, which includes the Lycoming County Library System, hope to have 25 percent more books checked out in June to be eligible for prizes that include free e-books and audiobooks that can be added to the growing collection.
To help patrons learn how to use devices, Sue Mayshock, the NCLD's audiovisual specialist, is available by appointment by calling the James V. Brown Library at 570-326-0536.
Patrons who bring a device and library card to the Brown Library will be shown how to download books on a tablet, smartphone or e-reader.
Also in June, OverDrive will participate in a "Big Library Read," which is the worldwide digital version of a local book club.
The mystery book, "A Pedigree to Die For" by Laurien Berenson, will be available for download from June 3-18 with no holds and no waitlists for library users.
To access the OverDrive catalog, visit http://ebranch2go.lib.over drive.com/.
The North Central Library District includes 40 libraries in 11 counties and is headquartered at the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport.