Sora is the new reading app for students by Overdrive. As of October Sora became available to students in Washington, Saratoga, Warren, Hamiltion, and Essex counties.
School librarians have been training their students on how to use Sora.
What does this means for us?
Students can add their public library card to the app and search their local public library.
The school librarians I spoke with have all been asking students to bring in their public library card, if they have one, and they are helping them add it to their Sora account.
The app looks to be seriously popular. The circulation of Juvenile ebooks and audio at schools has jumped by over 2,000 checkouts at the schools overdrive site since the app was released.
If you don't know about it--then it's new to you. The SALS calendar has been updated and includes upcoming events at SALS and free webinars.
The calendar can be found:
- under the Members & Staff Menu
- along the right side of SALS blog is a short list of upcoming events and free webinars
Syndetics Unbound & Lexile Score
Since we have moved away from Novelist + there have been several questions about ways to search using Lexile Score. Syndectis Unbound does offer a solution. It really isn't any easier than Novelist but you can assist a user with out leaving the PAC or having to sign in with a library card.
This 2 minute video provides an example on how to search the PAC using Lexile Scores. If you have any questions please let me know.
Eight Ways for Blind Kids to Enjoy the Library
By Melissa Riccobono
As a blind child, I have fond memories of going to the public library. I happily participated in library programs, met some great librarians who helped me find books that matched my interests, and spent time reading braille books in a cool place on a hot summer day.
Now, as a mom, I am thrilled to give my own kids the same library experiences, including two of my three children who are blind. Here are eight great ways to Go to the Library!
Let's Make... with Instructables
If you're looking for some ideas for 2019, Instructables is a fun place to start.
They have classes that range from a meat class to Internet of Things