If you’re looking for a way to get kids reading this summer, check out NYPL’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “One World, Many Stories.” To get started: sign up, generate a cool username, and build a fun avatar of yourself! The summer reading website is run like a social networking site. Add books you’ve read or are reading to your personal shelves, review books, add friends, and much more, all while earning reading badges. It’s not just for kids, either!
This will definitely come in handy, though it may reveal exactly how badly a library’s books are shelved! Miami University researchers have created an Android app called ShelvAR that quickly identifies a bookshelf’s books, which books are misshelved, and the fastest way to shelve them. Just hold your tablet or smartphone camera in front of the configured spine tags and watch the augmented reality magic happen. The kinks will be worked out and the final app should be released next spring. Think of the possibilities!