School Stars – OverDrive Resource Center
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School Stars will return in 2022. We’ll be looking for all the ways YOU promote Sora in your school. Thanks for making School Stars 2021 a success!

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About School Stars


Schools Stars is a global contest aimed to celebrate how schools promote Sora. For 2021’s contest, we’re looking for how your school has promoted Sora in the 2020-2021 school year (August 2020 – Time of entry). Past entries have included videos, visual displays and bulletin boards, social media campaigns, and student created resources. We ask you aim for the stars but know no promotion is too small!

See official rules.

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2021 Prizes


Prizes will be awarded in content credit.

Grand Prize

Best Overall:

$2500 USD

Best in Category: $500 USD
Best in Category – Runner Up: $250 USD

Additionally, we’ll select 5 lucky entrants to receive $100 USD simply for entering!

2021 Categories


  • Best in Social Media: Share how you promoted Sora across your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) to engage your school community.
  • Student Made Sora Promotion – Teens: Some of the best promotions are student made! Share how your teens have helped promote Sora to their classmates.
  • Student Made Sora Promotion – Young Readers: Much like the teen readers, we want to know how young readers (13 and under) are spreading the word about Sora!
  • Best in Visual/Virtual Display or Bulletin Board: Share your best visual or virtual Sora display! This could be anything from a compelling Zoom background, a unique bulletin board, or a towering display case.
  • Most Creative: Did you pass out candy with the Sora icon on it? Host an interactive event through Sora? Show us how your school got creative and encouraged reading in 2020-2021.

2021 Prizes


Prizes will be awarded in content credit.

  • Best in Category: $500 USD
  • Best in Category – Runner Up: $250 USD
  • Grand Prize – Best Overall: $2500 USD

Additionally, we’ll select 5 lucky entrants to receive $100 USD simply for entering!

Reach for the (School) Stars – Webinar


Christina Samek, OverDrive Outreach Specialist, and Sarah Sansbury, winner of the 2019 OverDrive School Stars program, discuss print and social media resources to engage students, parents, staff, and other members of the school community in low- and high-tech ways. No time? Tiny budget? Christina and Sarah share their favorite tips and success stories, and walk listeners through the hows and whys of submitting entries to the program.

Check out 2021’s winners


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Gatlinburg-Pittman Jr. High School (Grand Prize)

Sally Helton, Library Media Specialist, let us know they had only recently adopted Sora at their school —launching the platform on March 1, 2021. Her team decided to borrow themes from the very popular March Madness craze to introduce Sora to students. They used targeted social promotion but their centerpiece was their March Madness-themed Sora “hype” video. Great work, team!


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JCSP Library Project Digital Library

Librarian Lorna Vogelsang let first year students vote on their online class read by creating a vote tool on Teams (a student system) based on titles that were always available in their Sora collection. This inspired a rousing debate that spilled over online. According to Lorna, students “were able to see the power of their voice and their vote, because the winning title only won by two votes!”


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Laurel Public Schools

Per Librarian Mikayla Hirschkorn, “Sora is such a fantastic resource for students wanting to check out books on sensitive topics while maintaining privacy.” The display, sent out via email, features some of these sensitive topics and linked directly to Sora for instant check-outs.


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Durham Public Schools

Per Library Staff Kathryn McCullen, one of her 4th graders heard about School Stars and got right to work on this amazing and suspenseful video. What a talent!