HUTTO, Texas – September 30, 2020 – In this mobile age, technology has become increasingly valuable in supporting new generations of lifelong learners and readers. Now, Hutto Independent School District (ISD) and Hutto Public Library have formed an innovative new partnership to increase access to more eBooks and e-audiobooks for students. This unique collaboration strives to promote literacy and digital learning by combining the schools’ and the library’s digital reading resources in one app. As a result, students can learn anytime, anywhere because of the convenience, ease of reading on-the-go and the inherent popularity of technology.
The school-library partnership provides safe access to thousands of age-appropriate titles for students’ use inside the classroom, at home and anywhere 24/7. Through Sora, the new student reading app for Hutto ISD, students can now borrow the school’s collection of classroom and pleasure reading, and also access Hutto Public Library’s juvenile and young adult digital collection. In addition, Sora supports teachers by offering education-specific tools like achievements, exportable notes, and reading progress that encourage individualized learning.
“By partnering with the Hutto Public Library, Hutto ISD students now have access to thousands of more eBooks and audiobooks,” said Angela Hartman, District Lead Librarian at Hutto ISD. “Each student in Hutto ISD has access to a district-issued Chromebook, and Sora is easily installed on Chromebooks and other compatible devices, providing books 24/7. If a student can’t visit the library in person, a huge library is still available to them.”
Jessica McCart, Library Manager at Hutto Public Library, added,” The Hutto Public Library is excited to team up with Hutto ISD to give students access to more electronic books. We know it can be difficult for parents to make it to the library to obtain a library card. Allowing students access to the public library’s collection of eBooks and audiobooks removes this barrier, and makes the collection more accessible.”
The Sora app was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions 2019 and is available for Hutto ISD students to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available for use in web browsers at https://soraapp.com on any computer.
The entire Hutto community can also borrow and read Hutto Public Library’s complete eBook and e-audiobook collection with a valid library card through the award-winning Libby app. The library’s tailored collection offers eBooks, e-audiobooks and digital magazines including bestsellers and new releases. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more. Libby can be used on any major device or computer, including Apple (R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (US only).
Both reading apps are built by OverDrive and OverDrive Education. To learn more, visit https://meet.soraapp.com/ and https://meet.libbyapp.com/.
About Hutto ISD
The mission of Hutto ISD libraries is to be an integral part of the school and its community by creating authentic learning for students, providing quality resources and instruction to students and staff, assuring that students have equitable access to technology and literature, encouraging effective use and evaluation of ideas, and promoting lifelong reading and learning for both pleasure and information.
About Hutto Public Library
With a collection size of more than 30,000 books, the mission of the Hutto Public Library is to fulfill the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of all its patrons through the services offered in a modern public library. The Hutto Public Library aims to eradicate illiteracy, to develop a life-long love for reading and a quest for knowledge.
About OverDrive and OverDrive Education
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. The company’s K-12 division – OverDrive Education – supports reading and learning in the classroom. OverDrive strives to create “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 50,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries, including more than 30,000 schools. OverDrive’s popular reading apps provide best-in-class user experience and tools for staff management: the Libby app for libraries is one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, while the student reading app Sora is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017. OverDrive was acquired by funds affiliated with global investment firm KKR in 2020.