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“Online Summer Reading Options”

Posted by Susan M. Brackney

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 5.17.30 PM copyGetting a good sense of all of the different reading program management tools that are available to libraries these days can’t be easy.

But Karren Reish of Library of Michigan recently presented a helpful overview of many of the free and fee-based, online summer reading tools out there. She mentions Summer Reader from us at Evanced—as well as some of our competitors’ products—and it’s not a bad start. (One thing that isn’t mentioned? Our newest reader engagement platform, Wandoo Reader, but more on that in a moment.)

So, if you’ve been on the lookout for an online, summer reading solution, you might want to watch the “Online Summer Reading Options” presentation recording to see what Karren Reish and some of the other library professionals in attendance had to say.

Interestingly, there was some discussion around the delicate balance required when putting an online reading program in place. After all, you need to be able to run a successful online program but still keep patrons coming into the physical library, too. Is it possible to keep patrons engaged online and in person at the same time?

Definitely! (And this is where Wandoo Reader comes back in.) Since we began developing the new program, we have kept that need for balance firmly in mind. That’s why, along with books, pages, or minutes of reading, patrons can also record (and be rewarded for) participation in library activities and events with Wandoo Reader.

During the webinar, there was also brief mention of the ability to report on reading program outcomes, and we’d like to address that as well. We have long believed that libraries can move mountains—especially when they have access to the right data. Reporting capabilities are a big part of each of our products, including Summer Reader and Wandoo Reader.

In fact, public and school librarians are increasingly joining forces to combat summer learning loss and help boost children’s literacy rates, and they’re using our products to do it. For instance, check out “More than Fun in the Sun! Building Collaborative Relationships and Using Real Data to Increase Summer Learning” (or download the PDF here.) And here’s an early field report on a Wandoo Reader school pilot program in progress, in case you’re curious.

Want to know a little more about Summer Reader, Wandoo Reader, and how they differ? You can get the facts here, attend our upcoming Wandoo Reader webinar, or contact Sales to schedule a personalized demo.

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