Monday, August 15, 2022

Creating An Amazing Reading Community With The NEW School-Wide Version Of Biblionasium...The "GoodReads For Kids"!


We head back to school in a week and I couldn't be more excited to get back to the library and classrooms with our students and teachers. 

As I put the finishing touches on everything, I am getting books ordered, planning library orientation, collaborating with teachers and making sure our favorite programs are ready to go. 

One of those programs that I get ready to kick off during back to school time every year is Biblionasium or as we like to call it...."GoodReads for Kids".

Biblionasium is a fun and engaging reading community where students can set up their favorite books and recommended lists of virtual bookshelves that are available to them at all times. Students can email their reading logs instead of handing them in on paper; and fun challenges can be set up that will encourage students to read. It brings children together and gives them a chance to easily recommend books to each other. 

In fact, we have been using Biblionasium for almost 10 years at our Van MeterLibrary(?) . Our friend and the creator of Biblionasium, Marjan, has always been such a champion for our readers, librarians and teachers everywhere. 

This year, I couldn't be more excited to share with my teachers and students that we now have the School-Wide Version of Biblionasium. This will offer a great value and opportunity to foster a culture of reading that permeates across grades and through the school community.  It will help us create an engaging and exciting reading culture with all students, and again one we will go back to year after year.

Check out the recent blog post on the NEW School-Wide version! In this blog post, Biblionasium shared…

We're excited to announce that over the summer we've been working on a school subscription version of Biblionasium thanks to feedback from users like you! 

We've found that students' excitement about reading is amplified when they're connected with friends, and when they share their reading goals and accomplishments. Generate a book buzz by providing your whole school with a social reading platform that's safe and customizable.

As the “GoodReads for Kids,” our mission is to support young readers by getting them excited about books. One of our favorite things when hearing from students and educators is the sense of pride students have in their Biblionasium bookshelves. Since their accounts move with them from class to class and year to year, students can see their growth and marvel at their own reading prowess

Plus, you can engage students in reading challenges across classes and grades, create in-class and afterschool book clubs, and share book reviews and recommendations in the classroom and beyond. 

You can also connect parents for extra support. Research shows that parental encouragement at home can make a considerable difference in students’ reading success.

The possibilities are endless but we’ll stop there for now! 

Over the next few weeks in a three part series on my blog,

I will share 10 Ways To Kick Off The New Year With Biblionasium with the NEW school-wide version in a three-part blog post series.

I hope you follow along, as I know you will love to learn how you can create a safe and fun social reading community for your students, teachers and families too.

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