Tuesday, May 27, 2014

With MackinVIA Your Library Can Be Open All Summer Long!

School is out for the summer at Van Meter.  

It is time for our young people to have fun, connect with family and friends, and stay busy with camps, sports, vacations, and other summer activities.

It is also an important time in their reading lives.  We want to give them all of the tools, encouragement, and choices that we can to keep them reading throughout the summer months.   
One way that we can do that within our school community is through the eBooks that we have in MackinVIA.  With our students having access to hundreds of wonderful nonfiction and fiction eBooks, they have our digital library at their fingertips all summer long. 

Tomorrow I will send out the "Our Library Is Open All Summer Long....Connect to eBooks, Databases, Audiobooks, Digital Tools, and Us" Smore, which will give our students tips on connecting to MackinVIA and other digital resources within our library such as Capstone's PebbleGO, Tales2Go audiobooks, several digital tools, and the library social networks including Van Meter Voice on Facebook and on Twitter at @vmlibraryvoice
There are lots of different things we have done with our eBook collection over the last two years. 

One of my favorite summer reading programs was when we created the Wanted....Readers For The Summer In MackinVIA program.  The kids read all kinds of eBooks about animals throughout the summer.  We used Edmodo to talk about the eBooks too.  At the end of the summer, we celebrated summer reading by inviting the zoo to the public library in Van Meter.  It was great fun.  
This summer Mackin Educational Resources has also created the very special Custom Summer Reading Programs to support our readers, schools, and families.  

They created summer reading "packages" and put links to those packages on the site. You can see these packages by visiting the site

You can just log into your mackin.com account to see the lists they have created for K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Scroll down and the first box, light blue on the top right.
On the webpage for this summer reading program, you can also see how Mackin supports schools who have MackinVIA by giving them several additional resources for their summer reading program.
Our students and families will just love what Mackin has to offer for summer reading.  I can't wait for our community to dive in and see what is new!
For more information, you can contact Classroom Services at Mackin at the number or email above.

So just remember....

As we all head into summer, keep your library open for your students by giving them access to MackinVIA and all of the amazing reading and learning opportunities it holds.

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