What does a QR code in the back of a library book mean? I’ve placed labels in the back of some children’s books to make suggestions for further reading. I want to make sure they are understood.
First some technical stuff: QR stands for Quick Response codes. They are matrix barcodes that need an image sensor rather than a beam of light to show the content. You need an app for that…. The apps are free. Once you have the app on your phone or tablet, you can use QR codes.
If you found this QR code on a label in the back of a library book, the label will say:
Scan this code to find more stories about Friends, Family and School for grades 5 & 6
On the web: readmore.in/Friends56
You can try that now if you have a QR reader.
When you scan this code, you will be brought to realistic stories in our catalog, that we feel are appropriate for 5th and 6th graders. Place a Hold on any that interest you. The staff of the Chelmsford Children’s Department made these lists – with some help from children. We are always looking for more suggestions from kids.
You do not need a QR reader to get this information. You can go online and use the tiny URL: readmore.in/Friends56. This will also bring you directly to the list of realistic fiction appropriate for 5th and 6th graders. (The URL is case sensitive.)
Non-technical stuff: I prefer to describe QR codes and tiny URLs as shortcuts. You do not need either of these to find lists of books for children. I have many of them on the library’s website. It simply takes longer paging through links.
Begin at chelmsfordlibrary.org –> find the kids page –> choose the box with the red fox that says READ –> “Preschool and school age book lists” is the link at the top. The link can also be found in the margin of the children’s pages.
Or use www.chelmfordlibrary.org/kids/reading/booklists
To get directly to the Friends, Family and School list for 5th and 6th graders, this is the URL:
And that is why we try to find shortcuts.
A QR code or a tiny URL gets you directly to that information. It’s a time saver; that’s all.
Thanks for reading all that. I hope you find it valuable. As a reward, I’ll give you a sample from this QR list. ~Maureen