Case Study: How Cobb County Public Library and Cobb County School District used Biblionasium to support summer and year-round reading

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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.

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How to Fight the Summer Slide with Biblionasium

Screenshot 2018-12-06 14.02.57The 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.

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10 Books to Help Your Students Skip the Summer Slide

Teachers, librarians, parents…you don’t need us to tell you about the evils of the summer slide. If you’ve found yourself caught in that scramble, trying to find just the right books, programs, and activities to keep kids learning all summer long, we’re here to help you out. Students can keep using Biblionasium over the summer to log their reading and make book recommendations. You can even issue reading challenges to help motivate them to read!

But which books are really the best ones to get them started? Everyone has their opinions on this, but there are some books that truly stand out from the others.

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