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Public Library CONNECT: Building and growing library and school partnerships (September 2021)

New student readers boost circulation

Your library is always working to expand its impact with young readers and partnering with local schools can help you achieve this goal.

Enter Sora, the student reading app. Through its game-changing Public Library CONNECT feature, Sora empowers students to borrow age-appropriate ebooks and audiobooks from both their school and local public library using their existing school login credentials.

The result? Your juvenile and young adult circulation grows, along with kids’ love of reading!

Benefits for libraries:

  • Engage the next generation of loyal library users
  • Increase circulation of juvenile & young adult digital content
  • Gain valuable insights into student usage of your digital collection
  • Boost awareness of the library in the community
  • Build partnerships with local schools

Tips for a successful school & library partnership:

  • Curate juvenile and young adult content and feature it prominently on your digital collection homepage
  • Inform and train library staff on how students are accessing your public library’s digital collection in Sora and how they log in – watch the how-to video!
  • Appoint an advocate or committee at the library and the school to share promotional efforts and metrics
  • Let your community know about your partnership with local schools
  • Check out the Public Library CONNECT Best Practices Guide for more ideas!

Questions? Check out the FAQs or contact your OverDrive Account Manager.

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Best Practices Guide

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