Reading for pleasure can help develop skills such as vocabulary, critical thinking and writing, and provide opportunities for socialisation, cultural enrichment, relaxation and personal development. This leads to increased mental health benefits for students at all educational levels.
During this panel and presentation, the team will discuss:
- Recent studies and research proving the value of reading for pleasure amongst school-aged children and why it matters
- How to encourage more reading for pleasure with a variety of formats, subject options, accessibility and more
- How to combat the perceived lack of time and increasing educational pressures, while showing how to make reading fun for students
Laura Figurski is an account manager at OverDrive working with international schools in South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. She has degrees in history, international studies, German studies, and a Masters in instructional design and technology. Prior to OverDrive, Laura taught ESL for more than eight years in international schools as well as online all over the world and has taught in US K-12 schools.
Zoe Orcutt is a digital content librarian working with international schools on OverDrive’s International Collection Development team. She has a BA degree in English and a Masters in library and information science. Before coming to OverDrive, she was an academic librarian working in colleges and universities. She currently works with school libraries and consortiums in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
OverDrive offers the largest digital content catalog in the world to more than 88,000 libraries and schools in 109 countries. OverDrive reaches library patrons and students around the world via the award-winning reading apps, Libby for public libraries, and Sora for schools. OverDrive aims to empower students to discover and enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, Read-Alongs, magazines and more from their school, for both leisure and class-assigned reading.