At Deer Creek Elementary in Crowley ISD, we are excited to be chosen by Wandoo Reader to pilot the program with Crowley Public Library! We have always had a good relationship with the Public Library. In 2013, we were able to partner with them when we were chosen to host the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile. But now, we are taking our collaboration to the next level with Wandoo Reader. We are very fortunate to be working with Lindsey Hill @theLindseyHill from Evanced Solutions in this historic effort. As you can see from our Kickoff photos, everyone is having a blast! The event was held at the Crowley Public Library from 3-6 pm on a day which the Library was normally closed. CPL Director Cristina Winner @seeawinner offered the Library in this way to target the Wandoo Reader Audience. This worked very well. As bright-eyed elementary students came into the library, they were greeted by a very cute robot & a several wonderful centers with the Robot theme. All the students easily began reading books of their choice and acquiring parts to build their robot at the Wandoo Reader site. They also were able to make robot vests, masks & finger puppets to remember their experience thanks to Glenda Jordan of the Crowley Public Library. She is pictured offering a student a bag of “Nuts & Bolts”(i.e. pretzels and m&m’s) as a robot treat. Finally, students were able to have a photo op with the cool robot. Some of them even hugged the robot! Parents were able to create their child an account in Wandoo Reader and sign up for a Crowley Public Library card, as well. This was a win-win event all around. Thanks to Library Director, Cristina Winner, for being willing to try something new and different for the sake of the kids. Also, I am especially appreciative of the Crowley Public Library Staff: Glenda, Teresa, Sandy, Carmela & Drew for all they ways they enfolded the students into the reading community. Last but not least, I must commend Lindsey Hill & Evanced Solutions for Wandoo Reader. This is an #awesome student interest-driven program with immediate rewards. If you have not seen it, check it out here at wandooreader.com The Wandoo Reader event has brought a new level of collaboration, trust and united effort between Crowley ISD Libraries & the Crowley Public Library. Be looking for more posts about our historic partnership journey in the weeks to come!