BIBLIONASIUM LAUNCHES VIRTUAL READING VILLAGE FOR YOUNG READERS

Just In Time for Summer Reading, New Online Platform Turns Reading into a Fun Social Activity

The Safe and Secure Digital Platform Announces Partnership with MetaMetrics

New York, NY (June 4, 2012) – BiblioNasium, Where Kids Flex their Reading Muscles, announced the launch of its pilot virtual reading village for young readers. BiblioNasium is a safe and secure social networking platform where children 6-12 years of age connect with peers, teachers and parents, the three communities that most influence their independent reading.

“At BiblioNasium we believe all kids can fall in love with reading, and the right book and the right coaching can spark a lifetime passion,” notes BiblioNasium Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Marjan Ghara. “In recognizing the value of social interaction, we have created a platform similar to ‘Goodreads’ and ‘LibraryThing’ but for young children that is tailored to support the development of their independent reading skills.”

BiblioNasium has a user-friendly, intuitive and secure interface where children can catalogue, share and exchange book recommendations with their friends, teachers and parents. In addition, BiblioNasium provides teachers and parents with tools to monitor and assess reading progress, with actionable data to guide them to motivate and set goals for these young readers.

Through a partnership with MetaMetrics®, BiblioNasium has also integrated the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading to allow users to search for tens of thousands of children’s books with information about each book’s level of difficulty. Knowing the independent reading level of books allows young readers to select and read books that best fit their reading ability.

Adele Schwartz, Ed.D., BiblioNasium’s Chief Education Advocate adds, “Our mission is threefold: to instill the habit of regular reading at a young age; to promote reading as a leisure and social activity; and to connect kids, parents and teachers to create a virtual ‘reading village’. To further support our mission, we have seamlessly integrated three important features into our platform; we provide online reading logs, a staple of reading programs in elementary schools; we have summaries of books; and we identify the reading level of the books, through our inclusion of Lexile measures.”

MetaMetrics President and co-founder, Malbert Smith III, Ph.D. adds, “The real power of Lexile measures is that they provide BiblioNasium users with important information about a book’s text complexity that help them pick appropriately challenging titles to read, as well as make recommendations for others. We applaud our latest partner, BiblioNasium, for recognizing and appreciating the unique value that Lexile measures offer in their efforts to make kids better readers.”

The Lexile Framework is a unique tool for accurately matching readers with text. Recognized as the most widely used reading metric, the Lexile Framework is based on more than 20 years of research funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Their distinct approach to measuring readers and texts has resulted in Lexile adoptions by departments of education in nearly half the states and school districts in all 50 U.S. states, and a global reach that continues to expand.

About MetaMetrics

MetaMetrics is focused on improving education for learners of all ages and ability levels. The organization develops scientific measures of academic achievement and complementary technologies that link assessment results with real-world instruction. MetaMetrics’ products and services for reading (The Lexile® Framework for Reading, El Sistema Lexile para Leer), mathematics (The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics), and writing (The Lexile Framework for Writing) provide unique insights about academic ability and the potential for growth, enabling individuals to achieve their goals at every stage of development.

About BiblioNasium

BiblioNasium, Where Kids Flex Their Reading Muscles, is a social networking site where elementary school readers connect with friends, teachers and parents to explore, catalogue, and share their interests in books. BiblioNasium™ seamlessly integrates Lexile® Reading Levels for tens of thousands of books so that site users can select books that are the right reading level and most appropriate “fit” for each individual child. Among features that are specially created for young readers are BiblioNasium’s online reading logs, reading challenges and virtual rewards for completing the challenges. Parents and teachers especially trust the built-in privacy and child protection measures.

BiblioNasium is an innovative and robust platform that promotes and enhances the independent reading process for elementary age school children. For more information visit www.biblionasium.com or contact info@biblionasium.com.

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