Shared goal to provide digital materials in the community
MABANK–As educators seek more creative ways to support students’ learning, a key resource for schools is the local public library. Now, Tri-County Library and Mabank Independent School District (MISD) have formed an innovative new partnership to increase students’ access to ebooks and digital audiobooks by combining the library’s and school’s digital reading resources in one app. This Public Library CONNECT partnership is facilitated by OverDrive, the popular digital reading platform serving both the library and school.
The partnership provides safe access to thousands of age-appropriate titles for students’ use inside the classroom, at home and anywhere 24/7. Through Sora, the new student reading app for Mabank ISD, students can now borrow from both the school’s collection of classroom and pleasure reading titles as well as from Tri-County Library’s juvenile, young adult and adult digital collections. Sora will automatically filter content to only include age-appropriate titles depending on each student’s grade level.
Students can easily log into the library’s digital collection through Sora using their school credentials rather than requiring a separate library card. In addition, Sora supports teachers by offering education-specific tools like achievements, exportable notes and reading progress that encourage individualized learning.
“Tri-County Library is excited to be partnering with Mabank ISD to offer Sora to our local children and teens,” said Director of Tri-County Library Melissa Newland. “We are happy to be able to provide more services to our local schools and we plan on partnering with more in the near future.”
Lead Librarian at Mabank ISD Kim Welch added, “Mabank ISD libraries are so excited to partner with Tri-County Library to provide our students a wonderful reading opportunity and to expand our digital library offerings. No longer do the words, “...but I don't have a library card,” prevent access as any Mabank ISD student can log in using their Skyward credentials.
The Sora app was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions 2019 and is available for Mabank ISD students to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available for use in web browsers at https://soraapp.com on any computer.
The Sora app was named Since Tri-County Library is a member of Northeast Texas Digital Consortium, residents of Henderson, Van Zandt and Kaufman County can also borrow and read Northeast Texas Digital Consortium’s complete ebook and audiobook collection. With a valid library card from Tri-County Library and the award-winning Libby app, customers can enjoy thousands of ebooks and audiobooks including bestsellers and new releases. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more. Libby can be used on any major device or computer, including Apple (R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (U.S. only).
The Libby and Sora apps were built by OverDrive and OverDrive Education respectively. To learn more, visit www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/ and https://company.overdrive.com/k-12-schools/discover-sora/.