A successful collaboration between school and public libraries:
How Cobb County Public Library and Cobb County School District used Biblionasium to support summer and year-round reading
Cobb County Public Libraries successfully teamed up with Cobb County School District and used Biblionasium, the “Goodreads for Kids,” to keep students reading over the summer and throughout the school year. Just over the course of the summer, Cobb County students logged over 3.7 million minutes, and library representatives report that students are logging even more reading minutes as the school year continues.
The following case study is based upon feedback from Lisa Cleary, Community Engagement Manager at the Cobb County Public Library, and an interview with Holly Frilot, Supervisor of Library Media Education for the Cobb County School District. Compiled by Anna Winham. Photos courtesy of Ashley Sherman and Cobb County Library System.
The summer slide is that unfortunate phenomenon that occurs when kids start losing skills they worked so hard to learn over the school year. Unless they practice those skills, it’s easy to lose all that progress they worked so hard to achieve. But getting kids to actually sit down with a book, pay attention to the book, and record what they’ve read when pools, sprinklers and sparklers are calling their name can feel like pulling teeth.
If you’re a parent who tracks their reading, recommends favorites to friends, and participates in online reading challenges through sites like Goodreads, you may have wondered: Where is Goodreads for kids? The short answer: There isn’t one—but we’ve got you covered with a few options that could meet the same needs.
You’ve decided to use tech in your library, classroom or home environment. You’re excited about bringing the concepts your student(s) are learning in school to life. However, when you think about the people on the Internet whom kids might encounter, they look a little like this:
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If this is you, you’re not alone. You are also wise to worry about strangers on the Internet. However, there are ways to keep kids safe that do not involve cutting them off from the Internet altogether.