Last summer I was introduced to a company called BiblioNasium through my friends at CiteLighter. At the time, BiblioNasium represented themselves as an innovative new free social network that promotes and enhances the independent reading process for elementary school age children. Their platform safely connects elementary children with their teachers, librarians, friends and parents in order to exchange and share book recommendations and to create a virtual village of reading support.
I did not know much about BiblioNasium as they were a very new company, but as we spent some time talking and as I explored their site, I found that they had some amazing ideas that would be very useful to many of us. The results of those first few conversations and exploration of their site is what led to the review originally written for TBA posted here. Many of the opinions I shared in that original review centered heavily around the usefulness of this platform in relation to the teacher and/or student, but I realized just recently that I did not go into very great detail regarding the very major third party to whom BiblioNasium caters: the parent.
As we are preparing to move and boxing up our home library for the transition to a new house, my husband and I were discussing how we could catalog the books for our kids easily, without having to create a confusing system of note cards or totes within the house. Flashback 6 months to my talks with BiblioNasium, and the light bulb came on.
As pictured below, through the parental controls on my husband's BiblioNasium account, you have the option to add books to your family library, create challenges for your kids, or learn about the reading levels of the books they are reading. Your tour guide, Chip Manzee, is never far away to give you some guidance if needed.
From the home screen, you can make a few different selections, for example, if you want to set up some constructive challenges for your kids...
Or if you want to add books to your shelf:
So, just like the kids do in the video above, you can search for your title, and then select which kids to recommend it to:
View Shannon Miller's awesome post on BiblioNasium at Van Meter Library Voice.
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On a special side note...