School Stars

Check back soon for our totally radical 2024 winners!










About School Stars

Schools Stars is a global contest aimed to celebrate how schools promote Sora. For 2024’s contest, we’re looking for how your school has promoted Sora in the 2023-2024 school year (August 2023 – Time of entry). Past entries have included videos, visual displays and bulletin boards, social media campaigns, and student created resources. We think anything you do to promote Sora is totally rad and we can’t wait to see your entries for 2024!

See official rules.


Our prizes will be announced in early 2023. Stay tuned!

2024 Prizes

Grand Prize Winner (1 winner)

$2,500 USD  in Sora Content Credit
1,000 Glitter School Stars Winner Stickers

Category Winner (1 winner per category, 5 total winners):
$500 USD in Content Credit
100 Glitter School Stars Winner Stickers

Category Runner-Up (1 runner-up per category, 5 total runner-ups):
$250 USD in Sora Content Credit
100 Glitter School Stars Winner Stickers

All winners will receive one (1) School Stars Winner poster and a digital School Stars winner badge to celebrate your win in your school and online.

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!