Incentives and Awards

Nearly all reading programs encourage participating by providing an award or incentive to readers who reach a goal.

Reader Zone includes a point system for reading progress.  However, this may not fit your exact need.  Here are some ways you can use Reader Zone to identify and deliver awards to your readers:

  1.  Use descriptive names for your groups and goals.  For example, if your prize for meeting a summer reading program is a free pass to Super Water Slide Park, name your goal “Super Water Slide Pass”.  You can get creative with your group and goal names.  They can be edited anytime.  You’re welcome to play with the names and see what combination of program names, group names, and goal names give your participants the most clear notion that they are working toward a particular incentive.
  2. The dashboard provides visibility into who is reaching goals and who is behind.  You by looking at the dots that follow a reader, you can see who has reached goals for a articular interval, and who has not.

    The line below is a reader in a group that has 400 minute per week.  The gray dots represent zero reading for the given intervals.  The yellow dots represent 0 to 85% achievement of the goal, the green dots represent 85% or more of the reading goal for the given intervals.  The final number is the total number of minutes read by this particular participant.

    You can see who is on track by simply viewing the color-coded dots.  You can also sort most to least reading within a reading group for any given interval or for the entire goal time frame on the dashboard.

  3. It’s easy to download the reading progress for a reading group and sort readers to see who has reached a goal and who might need a little help.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reader Zone is an excellent way to offer families a way to track if their children read 1000 books before they start kindergarten.

Patrons and families can reading groups anytime to begin tracking books read.  Here’s how to set up 1000 books before kindergarten programs:

  1.  If you don’t yet have one, create a reading program.
  2. Create Reading Groups according to when a child is set to begin kindergarten.  Good Reading Group names are clear to a user; i.e. “Starting Kindergarten 2020” and “Starting Kindergarten 2021”.
  3. You can create as many reading groups as you’d like.  Families join the group that pertains to when their child begins kindergarten.
  4. Set the goal with these parameters:
    1. The goal name can be the time frame a child will begin kindergarten, likely the same as the Group Name.
    2. Start Date can be today or when you want to begin collecting data.
    3. End Date for the approximate time that a child begins kindergarten, i.e. September 1, 2021.
    4. Goal value as 1000, for 1000 books.
    5. Goal metric is “books:.
    6. Select “None” as the goal interval