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Wandoo Reader Proves a Perfect Fit for Libraries Small and Large

Newly released case study explores how reading program management tool supports library of thousands

Madison, WI – November 17, 2016 – Evanced, the market-leading creator of web-enabled library services, has released a new case study that highlights how their summer reading program management tool Wandoo Reader is flexible enough to support libraries of all sizes. While some of the largest library systems in the country also use the tool to offer a consistent reading program across their large footprints, this case study focuses on how Louisville (OH) Public Library leverages Wandoo Reader to engage its tight-knit community.

Louisville Public Library serves the residents of Nimishillen Township and the city of Louisville, a community of approximately 10,000. “Though our community is on the smaller end, we still struggled with offering staff a way to keep track of progress and accomplishments. That kept us from being able engage as many patrons as possible,” shared Deborah Long, Louisville Public Library’s Adult & Teen Services Manager. To learn more about how the library used Wandoo Reader to triple their teen and adult registrations for their summer reading program, view the full case study here.

“While the top 25 largest U.S. public libraries serve an excess of 1 million people, 80% of U.S. public libraries serve populations of under 25,000. One thing that these libraries, no matter their size, have in common is that most of them offer a summer reading program,” shared Mary Casey, Evanced’s Marketing Director. “We hope that Louisville’s success inspires libraries of all sizes to re-imagine the potential of their summer and year-round reading programs. Deborah Long proves that with the right data, you can transform your community and Wandoo Reader provides just that — plus a user-friendly, engaging interface for readers of all ages.”

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Evanced Launches Major Upgrade to Event Management Software for Libraries

SignUp’s New Mobile-Enabled Interface and Faster Loading Times Drive Discovery of Local Library Events

Indianapolis, IN – August 11, 2016 – This month, Evanced launched a major upgrade to SignUp. The market-leading creator of web-enabled library services that streamline day-to-day management tasks developed the software to streamline library event scheduling and promotion for librarians and simplify event registration for patrons.

With SignUp, patrons can opt into receiving email notifications about upcoming library events. Patrons can then use SignUp’s newly mobile-enabled and fast-loading interface to register for events and pay registration fees, where necessary. Since SignUp integrates with library websites and is compatible with popular integrated library systems (ILSs), reminders about events will appear in multiple places, including on self-checkout screens, to maximize event attendance. After the event, the library will receive detailed reporting metrics that can be leveraged to show return on investment for events, increasing funding to support similar programming in the future.

“Google reports that there are over 60,000 searches for ‘things to do’ and over 160,000 searches for ‘local things to do’ each month,” said Mary Casey, Evanced’s Marketing Director. “This is a great opportunity for libraries to step in and help searchers find the information that’s most relevant to them.”

“The ALA reports U.S. libraries collectively offer more than 4 million programs each year. SignUp will make it easier than ever for these libraries to connect with the patrons who inspire these events,” said Nedra Sadorf, Demco’s President. “From technology boot camps to books on tap literary pub trivia, gardening and robot zoos, libraries offer amazing experiences for their patrons and SignUp ensures that this value doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Leading library supplier Demco acquired Evanced in 2011 and after becoming an affiliate of Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, in 2015, combined Evanced with Boopsie to provide libraries with a streamlined library software solution. Together, Evanced and Boopsie help libraries innovate to provide patrons with the most relevant services that meet their unique needs.


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That’s Baloney! A Great Quiz Game App for General Knowledge

“That’s Baloney! Kids Quiz Game by Evanced Games is a cool game app for kids aged 7 to 12 and parents! It offers a series of quizzes that covers 5 different categories including questions for Language Arts, Math, Science, Social studies and Mystery Meat!

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Are We in an Ice Age?

“We’ve been inside since Sunday afternoon, after a few rounds of playing in the magnificent snowfall. Since then, we’ve been biding our time with electronics, board games, new apps, our new-to-us mini trampoline, craft kits  and taking down the Christmas decor . . . I’ve also surprised them with a couple of new apps, including Tic-Tac Bananas. This early reading app combines monkey antics (some of my favorite kind of antics), tic tac toe, and begining reading skills. It’s a one or two player game, where in order to make your move on the tic tac toe board, you first have to identify the first sound of the picture (which could be a monkey in a Wig, or a monkey tasting something Sour, or a monkey wearing a Gold medal….you get the idea). The kids thought it was hilarious, and it was a good review for Andrew. I asked Meg (the 3rd grader) her thoughts, and she said, “It’s a great app for kindergarteners. They can learn while they play. And the monkeys are funny.” Well if that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what it is! Tic Tac Bananas is available in the app store for $1.99 and there’s an Android version as well.”

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Educational Apps for Holiday Travel

“The weekend before Christmas is just a couple days away. Are you preparing for a trip out of town? Whether by car or plane, kids get antsy quickly and we start to hear that all too familiar “Are we there yet?”question over and over again. Are you prepared to keep your child(ren) entertained? Many cars now have built in televisions like our SUV, but let’s be honest, just watching movies isn’t ideal when there are so many opportunities out there that are both entertaining and educational!”

Educational apps are a great way to keep children both entertained and engaged in learning while having fun as well! I was recently introduced to Evanced Games. They offer a variety of educational apps. They strive on not only making learning fun but also creating fun from learning. They put a lot of work into making their apps fun in the way that kids want to learn!

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Review & Giveaway: That’s Baloney! Educational App

“One of my favorite PC games growing up was Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego?. As you traveled through time and around the world, you had to follow clues to figure out where to head next to catch Carmen and her gang.” Tom DeRosa compares this game to That’s Baloney! and it achieved a mouth-watering review!

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That’s Baloney! Review

“Remember back in the day when you’d come home with a great story to share with your parents and they say “That’s Baloney!” Sometimes sorting through what’s true and what’s baloney can be pretty tough, especially when it involves elementary school trivia that your kids have fresh in their heads and you maybe haven’t looked at for a while…”

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Tic-Tac Bananas Review

“What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys?  Why an iPad of monkeys, of course!  Throw in some coconuts, bananas, and some phonics decoding, and you’ll have oodles of fun playing Tic-Tac Bananas!  This marvelous phonics game is a great way for younger elementary-aged kids to practice their reading skills.  This app comes complete with hilarious illustrations, fun sound effects and plenty of words to test their literary prowess!”

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Froggy Phonics receives 5 stars!

“Do you have a child who is ready to start learning their phonics patterns?  If so, you should definitely check out the new Froggy Phonics app!  With Froggy Phonics, kids will leap from lily pad to lily pad with Froggy as he uses simple phonics patterns to gulp down fireflies.  This app is intended for children ages 4 through 8 years old.  I thought that this game would encourage children to practice their phonics patterns in a fun and educational way.”

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Avon firm enters competitive video game industry to promote reading

“Evanced Solutions quietly unveiled a new arm of its business, Evanced Games, before it appeared at the 50,000-attendee Gen Con gaming convention in August to show off its app games.”

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