Group Book Bank

The Group Book Bank allows Reading Program Organizers to place books in the Book Bank of all readers associated with a reading group.

When an organizer places books within the Group Book Bank, the books will appear in the “Books I’m Reading” area of their individual Book Banks.

Readers can finish books in the Group Book Bank, but cannot delete them from the “Books I’m Reading” area.  Readers can still add and manage books to their personal Book Banks.

Reading Program Organizers can add and remove books from the Group Bank anytime.  If a reader has finished a book in the Group Book Bank prior to it being removed, the book will remain the reader’s “Finished Books” area of the Book Bank.

It’s simple to add books to the Group Book Bank either upon creating a Reading Goal or anytime after a Reading Group is created.

Here’s how to add books to a Group Book Bank:

Step 1:  Navigate to the “Edit Books” area of the Reading Group Dashboard.

Step 2:  Click  the “Add Book” area to open the search function.


Step 3:  Use the search function to find the book you want add to the Group Book Bank.  Enter a title, author, ISBN or EAN to find the exact edition of a book.

Step 4:  Once you find the book you’d like to place in the Group Book Bank, click “Add Book”.  Once the book is added, the copy “Book Added” will appear.  Repeat searching and adding within the search function to add as many books as you’d like.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS STEP DOES NOT SAVE THE GROUP BOOK BANK.









Step 5:  Close the Search box.  Click the X at the top right of the search function.

Step 6:  Save/Update Group Book Bank.  Once you close the search function, you will see the books you’ve added.  scroll to the bottom of the window and click UPDATE to save the book bank.

Step 7:  Removing Books.  You can remove a book from the Group Book Bank anytime.  Navigate to the book in the Group Book Bank and click the “Remove” button.

Step 8:  Don’t forget to click UPDATE every time you make a change, including removing books.

All About Reading Groups

Reader Zone is all about Reading Groups!  Goals are made and all reading data is collected at the group level.

With your Reading Program(s) set up, you’re ready to think about how many groups you need and what their various goals will be.

One elementary school can have a single Reading Program, then groups for each grade, classroom or other designation.

It’s simple to create reading groups.  After you create a reading group,  you will be immediately prompted to create a reading group.  When you click on either the Create a Reading Group or the Add a Reading Group button, a  menu will appear on the screen.

Enter the name of the reading group.  It’s best to use a descriptive name  such as “Mrs. Smith’s 4th Grade Readers”.  This way, your participants will  know which group within a reading program to join when they enter a reading program code.

After creating your fist reading group, you will be immediately prompted to create a reading goal.  If you choose not to create a reading goal, you can add more reading groups by clicking on the “+ Group” icon at the top of the group lists view on the webpage.

You reading groups will appear in list form when you view the associated reading program on the organizer dashboard page.

*Best Practices:

  1. Keep the names of your reading simple and descriptive so prospective participants can easily find the group to which they belong.
  2. Keep the groups names the same through multiple reading goals.  Just because one goal expires, doesn’t mean the group does.
  3. Make as many groups as you can to develop goals for every type, age and level of reader.  It’s better to make more groups and encourage participation than to make a few groups that don’t’ quite fit every reader.

Create Quality Reading Programs

Reader Zone runs on the following simple hierarchy:

Reader Zone Account (One)

Reading Programs (Unlimited Number)

Reading Groups (Unlimited Number of Groups within each Reading Program).

Reading Groups must have an active goal in order for readers to join.  Reading groups can have an unlimited number of participants.

When you create a Reading Organizer account, you are immediately prompted to create your first Reading Program.  An account can host an unlimited number of  Reading Programs, which can each contain an unlimited number of Reading Groups and participants.

Each Reading Program has a unique code that you create when a program is made.

A best practice is to build as few Reading Programs as possible, then use Reading Groups to accomplish multiple purposes within the same organization.  For example, a public library can have one Reading Program with Reading Groups for preschool through adult programs using the same program code.

A Reading Program consists of a name and a program code.

It’s best to name your Reading Program something that your community will recognize.  If you’re creating a reading program for Lincoln Elementary, you could name your program “Lincoln Elementary Readers”.

When you create a program code, it’s a good idea to create a code that is familiar to your community.  If the mascot for Lincoln Elementary is the Mustangs, a useful code is “Mustang1”  It’s a good idea to make your code short and easy to remember.

Your participants will use the program code to find your reading program.  If there are multiple reading groups within your program, your participants will select the reading group(s) they belong with.