27 local school districts now offer the easy-to-use reading app Sora

Using Sora local students have access to both school district libraires and local public libraries

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Rampo Catskill Library System (RCLS) libraries team up with local school districts to expand student's access to great books and fun reading using the Sora app. Currently 27 school districts in Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Rockland Counties use the Sora student reading app.

Students are invited to participate in the OverDrive Connect program with the app just for kids called Sora. The app links school and library collections in 27 RCLS libraries. Sora, the school equivalent of the public library Libby app, is a new user-friendly reading app for students created by OverDrive.

A public library card is not required. The partnership allows students who do not have library cards to access RCLS's digital collections with their student ID. With the Sora student reading app, students can use their school ID to gain access to age-appropriate eBooks and audiobooks from any of RCLS's libraries that offer links to Sora, as well as to their school's digital collection.

"We are pleased to offer this service to students within our communities," says Grace Riario, executive director of RCLS. "Sora allows students to access materials, and they may borrow items from any of the public libraries without the concern of late fees."

How OverDrive Connect and Sora work for students:

  • Download the Sora app at https://help.soraapp.com/en-us/home.htm
  • Sign in with your school account
  • Add your local public library to your Sora app. You do not need a library card to participate
  • Age-appropriate titles show up from the library's digital collection
  • Titles are borrowed using existing school credentials.

In order to offer this service to more students, OverDrive is contacting schools in the region to encourage them to sign on.

To see if you school district is one of the 27 school districts that currently offers this service, download their list of school districts offering Sora.

Parents are encouraged to contact their local school district for additional information about this reading app. For information about eContent (books, magazines, movies), communities are encouraged to contact their public library.

"RCLS libraries have a robust collection of materials within Sora for all ages and interests," Riario says.

NYS Family Literacy Grant funds were used to purchase digital early literacy materials in English and Spanish that can be accessed through Sora.

The OverDrive and Libby apps remain an option for students to enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video titles.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. OverDrive is dedicated to creating "a world enlightened by reading" by delivering the industry's largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media to a growing network of 50,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries. For more information, please visit OverDrive's website at https://www.overdrive.com/

About Sora

The Sora student reading app is a state-of-the-art reading experience that allows K-12 students to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from their school’s digital collection. Available on smartphones, tablets and desktops, students can read for pleasure and complete assigned reading anytime, anywhere. With the goal of making reading easier and more enjoyable, Sora offers interactive and customizable features such as bookmarks, definitions, exportable notes and highlights, synced progress and corresponding badges and achievements.

According to The Learning Council most groundbreaking Sora feature is the ability to connect students with their local public library (US and Canada). This expands access to even more age-appropriate digital reading materials, including popular titles that may not be available through the school.

About RCLS

The Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) is a non-profit, cooperative public library system serving 47 chartered public libraries in Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Southern Ulster Counties, New York encompassing a total of 2,459 square miles with a population of 803,351 (2010 US Census). For more information, please visit RCLS's webiste at http://rcls.org/

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