Many of you have asked for the ability to "hide" your site from the public until you're ready to launch it, to keep the eager beavers from signing up early before you launch. In previous years, we had some workarounds for "locking" your site but they weren't very friendly.
Librarians have asked multiple times if there is a way to "protect" their BookPoints application and keep it private during the spring setup phase. Especially for libraries who have used the software before, sometimes eager readers visit the app while it's broken or full of test data. We want to keep those users away from the site until the library chooses to launch it.
We've made a few significant changes behind the scene which should make your spring setup phase more secure.
The Library of Congress has digitized many beautiful 19th- and 20th-Century children's picture books - they're free for any library to use in any way. Print them out, download them to an e-reader or tablet, or embed them in your BookPoints application!