May 2020 Update: You Still Have Time for Online Summer Reading!
Due to widespread closures, many libraries are moving to online summer reading programs for the first time and are concerned about the time constraints required to set up their websites. Here's some helpful information from the BookPoints team:
- We can have your site online tomorrow! Once you sign up for the BookPoints community hosting program, we'll immediately begin setting up your website and associated email and DNS services. You should be ready to login and start customizing your website the following business day.
- Learn how to customize your site to match your unique programs! Our online documentation and training calendar provide tons of opportunities for learning how to customize your site. Create different programs and prizes for your community and keep everyone reading!
- Real-time Zoom and phone support available Monday through Saturday! We're working as hard as you are to get your summer reading program websites up and running as soon as possible! Schedule training and/or support calls six days a week. Get advice on everything from digital badges to program design from our experienced library technologists.
- So how long? You should be able to launch your completed, customized summer reading program within three to six days of signing up! Contact us now for more information.
Typical Annual Setup Schedule
January - March // Program Planning and Training Kickoff
Librarians will participate in a planning webinar to plan their reading games and summer programs. We'll also have active discussions on the mailing list.
Visit the event calendar and select one of the planning workshop times to RSVP for a workshop. You only need to attend one.
March - April // Program Setup; Customization Training
The BookPoints team will work with each client library to set up their site framework and initial accounts. We'll then move into training webinars demonstrating how to set up programs and customize the sites.
April - May // Program Testing; Staff Training
By May, each library should be ready to start using their respective applications. Each library should conduct a small-scale runthrough of their reading programs, with different staff acting as kids, parents, staff, etc. In addition, libraries should conduct training for the rest of their staff through this period.
May - June // Program Launch
Most of our libraries' reading programs are anticipated to begin in late May or early June. BookPoints program staff will be available to provide support in the event of "go live" problems.
June - August // Program Continues
BookPoints program staff will be available to provide support throughout the summer.
September // Program Wrapup
As a group, we'll share our experiences, lessons learned, and begin initial planning for next year's program. BookPoints program staff will assist library staff in compiling statistics using the application's built-in reporting features.