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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.

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.

Evanced is no longer offering new sign-ups for Summer Reader. All libraries currently using Summer Reader can continue to do so, and Evanced will be providing ongoing technical support for the Summer Reader product. Libraries who have not previously signed up for an online registration tool may sign up for Wandoo Reader. 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.

Wandoo Reader

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

Libraries wishing to switch from Classic Summer Reader or try out Wandoo Reader for the first time should follow these steps.  Please note that the requests for trial sites of Wandoo Reader can only be made from October 3 through October 17, 2016.  Wandoo Reader test sites can be used until November 18, 2016.

Step 1 - Test on the Wandoo Reader demo site: 
Patron Side: external link; opens in a new window
Staff Side (user: demoguest / password: demoguest): http://demozonepublic.evanced.infoexternal link; opens in a new window

Step 2 - Attend a Wandoo Reader bootcamp training session or recorded Wandoo Reader webinar: external link; opens in a new window (Register with your name and email address and you will be able to access the recorded basic Wandoo Reader webinar from August)

Step 3 - Submit a Wandoo Reader site request: 
If after going through the steps above, the library wishes to request a trial site of Wandoo Reader, they should submit a site request on the WR site request form at: external link; opens in a new window

The request period will run from October 3, 2016 - October 17, 2016.  

Additional Important information: 

  • A library can run Wandoo Reader OR Classic Summer Reader, but cannot run both and cannot switch back and forth.
  • If a library switches to Wandoo Reader, they cannot switch back to Classic Summer Reader.  
  • A library can choose to have a test site of Wandoo Reader, but that fall trial period of test sites ends November 18, 2016. 

 Additional training opportunities will be posted on the Evanced training calendar located at: external link; opens in a new window

Wandoo Reader Training Webinar Sessions

There are 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.

Summer Reader

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.

New York State Classic Summer Reader Training Webinar Sessions

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

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 Wandoo Reader visit the pages and sites listed below:

For more information on Summer Reading at New York Libraries, please contact Sharon Phillips, Library Development Specialist, Division of Library Development,  New York State Library, (518) 486-4863.

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: October 6, 2016 -- asm