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In 2010, the New York State Library began offering statewide access to Summer Reader, an online registration tool developed by Evanced Solutions, to New York's public libraries and neighborhood branches.

Starting in 2015, the State Library will offer all New York public libraries the choice of using Summer Reader or Wandoo Reader, a new online registration tool, also developed by Evanced Solutions.

Summer Reader and Wandoo Reader are web-based online summer reading registration tools that allow children, teens, and adults to track their reading, monitor the prizes they have won, write reviews, and much more. Both can be customized by libraries to allow them to manage summer reading programs, give additional prizes, add news individualized to each library, and much more. The children’s version of Wandoo Reader features an interactive game that tracks books read by the player in order to progress through the game. Both Summer Reader and Wandoo Reader can be used year-round for other public library reading-based programs.

The State Library is offering the choice of either Summer Reader or Wandoo Reader online registration software to each public library in New York State as a component of the statewide program Summer Reading at New York Libraries. These software tools will enable libraries to further enhance summer reading programs, increase participation, and streamline the collection and reporting of data on program participation and related activities. Use of the software is voluntary. The software comes ready to use, but libraries may further customize the software to meet local needs.

Summer Reader

Sign Up for Your Library’s or Library System’s Instance (electronic copy) of Summer Reader

If you do not have Summer Reader, please complete this survey*external link opens in a new window. You will receive an e-mail reply with all of the necessary information that you'll need to get started with Summer Reader, including web links to your library's Summer Reader site, passwords to access the administrative side of the software, and customer support information from Evanced Solutions.

*Summer Reader site links do not change from year to year. Therefore, if you have had a Summer Reader site in previous years, your link will remain the same.

For details on how to apply your Summer Reader themes (banners), visit Evanced's Knowledge Baseexternal link opens in a new window.

Summer Reader Training

We recommend public library staff and public library system staff involved with the summer reading program, as well as IT staff at public libraries and public library systems, register for Evanced Summer Reader Training Sessions as needed.

To register for any ongoing Summer Reader Training Session, please go directly to the Evanced Training Calendarexternal link; opens in a new window.

In addition, libraries can receive free email assistance in setting up Summer Reader. Register for this serviceexternal link; opens in a new window.


New York State Summer Reader Training Webinar Sessions

All training webinar sessions are one hour long. Webinars will be archived after the live presentations. To participate in the live webinar and to view the archived webinar, you will need to register through the given link.

Training:

Spring Cleaning Sessions:

This session will walk libraries through cleaning up old programs and archiving old accounts. The session will cover preparing for the summer session. The Video Training series will be explained as the next step to train and refresh staff skills in using Summer Reader. This is for Returning users from previous years.

Admin Follow-Up Session: March 31, 2015, 1:00 p.m. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8944121736648699393external link opens in a new window

This session is a high level review of the Admin Training Videos. During this session more difficult items will be covered in more depth. Videos will not be viewed during the session, but be referred to during the session. This session should be attended AFTER the videos have been watched.

Summer Reader Q&A Session: April 29, 2015, 11:00 a.m. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1130159779370299137external link opens in a new window

This session should be attended AFTER the videos have been watched and New User or Spring Cleaning Session have been attended. Attendees should come to this session with questions they encountered during setting up their programs.

Fall Clean Up Session: October 13, 2015, 2:00 p.m. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2578199000965350401external link opens in a new window

This session is to help libraries run final reports for the summer program and kick off a Fall program.


Summer Reader Training Webinar Sessions for New Users

For those new to Summer Reader, these videos will help you get started:

After watching these videos, you can sign up for a Q&A Training Webinar through the Evanced event calendarexternal link opens in a new window

New York State-Specific Information

Wandoo Reader

Sign Up for Your Library’s or Library System’s Instance (electronic copy) of Wandoo Reader

  • Sign up for your library’s or library system’s trial instance of Wandoo Reader at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYWandooReaderexternal link opens in a new window. The trial period extends until May 1, at which time each library or library system can agree to use either Wandoo Reader or Summer Reader. After May 1, if the library or library system decides to use Wandoo Reader, their trial instance becomes their official instance.

Wandoo Reader Training Webinar Sessions

For those new to Wandoo Reader, this recorded session discusses the upcoming features of Wandoo Readerexternal link; opens in a new window.

There are also regular Q & A sessions about Wandoo Reader for all libraries available on the main Evanced training calendarexternal link; opens in a new window that you can sign up for


New York State Wandoo Reader Informational Webinar

Wandoo Reader informational webinar: November 14, 2014. This webinar covers the basics about Wandoo Reader, particularly the children’s version.  See how the game works from a user’s perspective and then take a look at what the library can do to customize their patrons’ experiences.

Wandoo Reader informational webinar: November 14, 2014 external link opens in a new window from NYSED on Vimeo.

Continuous Support from Evanced

Support is available from Evanced support staff 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Access to all Evanced support materials, manual, FAQ’s, and recorded trainings are available 24/7/365. Evanced also offers ongoing unlimited free access to product training throughout the year.

For more information on the use of Summer Reader or Summer Reader visit the pages and sites listed below:

For more information on Summer Reading at New York Libraries, please contact Karen Balsen, Library Development Specialist, Division of Library Development,  New York State Library, (518) 486-2194.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.

Last Updated: March 31, 2015 -- asm