Know your reasons for having a summer reading program: To encourage and motivate children and families to read for pleasure To help school age children maintain their reading skills while on vacation. To introduce children and their families to the resources of the public library. To attract new customers to the library. To establish the library as a vital part of community life. To create positive publicity for the library.
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To promote community involvement in the mission of the library. To establish a partnership with the school community. To increase circulation of library materials. Review last year’s summer reading program: What were your successes? Could you provide enough service to groups unable to come to the library? Did participation and circulation decline toward the end of the program?)What important feedback about last year’s program can you get from library staff? What important feedback about last year’s program can you get from children who participated?
What gaps did you find in your budget? Establish goals for this year’s summer reading program: What do you want to happen this summer? Who is your summer reading program for? Are there unserved groups in your community you would like to include in this year’s program? Is it time for a new system of rewards? Are there parts of the library’s collections you want to promote?
3 INTRODUCTION One of the major, and most visible, functions of youth librarians in public libraries is providing programming. Varying types of programs are offered. Home / Public Resources. Public libraries across the state. Colorado Statewide Summer Reading. 2016 Statewide Summer Reading Report Required for all Colorado public libraries. The 2016 Summer Reading program is closed. Thanks to all who participated! The Kansas City Public Library 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City. Summer reading programs (SRPs) have been a staple for many, if not most, public libraries since the turn of the twentieth century. Their popularity attests to the.
Are you seeking more community partnerships to support this year’s program? Establish specific objectives for this year’s summer reading program: How will you make your goals become reality? If one of your goals is to have more middle school students participating in your program, then objectives might be (1) to give all middle school librarians materials and orientation so they can assist with summer reading promotion, (2) to give booktalk programs and summer reading publicity to five middle school classes, and (3) to enroll 2. Another example—if one of your goals is to include more readers who cannot come to programs at the library, objectives might be (1) to schedule weekly bookmobile stops at three childcare centers, (2) to schedule a weekly bookmobile stop at a center for immigrant education, or (3) to post a new summer reading activity on the library’s web site each week of the program.
Know your library’s resources: How many staff members will be available to help with summer reading? Will s/he be able to schedule simple programs at regular stops? If yes, what kind of programming support will s/he need? Will you recruit volunteers? How much space is available in the library for programs? Will you need to use facilities outside the library? Reserve program space as early as possible.
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Does the library’s collection include enough materials in varied formats to support this year’s theme? What is the budget for presenters? Promotional materials? Prizes? Will your library’s web site accommodate a summer reading page that can be updated frequently throughout the program? Plan the components of your program: How many regularly scheduled programs will you offer in the library? How many special presenters will you hire? How many family programs will you offer?
Libraries are discovering that programs for multi- age family groups are much appreciated by parents who want inexpensive, quality- time activities when their children are not in child care. Consider offering at least a couple of family programs during summer reading and perhaps placing a special sticker or rubber stamp on reading logs to recognize family participation. How many regular or special programs will you offer at sites outside the library? Because more and more children are in child care or special programs throughout the summer, many libraries are partnering with other service organizations in order that these children may participate in reading programs. Typically librarians will take summer reading registration materials to an agency whose staff will oversee the children’s reading and record- keeping. In this case, the librarian’s job is to rotate reading material and bring an occasional program to the agency site. It is helpful to have a simple orientation session for agency staff who will be overseeing programs at outreach sites.
If several agencies are involved, a joint orientation session will provide an opportunity for these staffers to make professional contacts. Usually children at outreach sites are included in the end- of- program celebration along with other participants. Will your in- house program be closely coordinated with your outreach program? If so, develop plans with your bookmobile librarian. What books will s/he need? What program materials will need reproducing? What craft supplies will be needed?
What plans will you make for including children with special needs in your summer reading program? Set the dates of all programs, including the end- of- program celebration, and put them on all pertinent calendars. Try to establish an identifiable pattern of scheduling, for example, the school age book discussion group always meets on Wednesday. Will you have reading enrichment activities in addition to those in scheduled programs?
Book discussion groups? Time for children to talk to the librarians about their reading? Participants’ book reviews posted on the library web site? What records of reading will be kept during your summer reading program? Will you need a printed log for each participant? Will you need a different log for different age groups? For greater participation, keep the program simple and flexible.
Plan for minimal staff involvement in recording keeping and policing. Will you give prizes? What will the award structure be? Will the award structure help you reach the objectives of your program?
Regardless of the criteria for prizes, plan to include ways weaker readers can win. Plan for special recognition categories such as family participation, children who bring friends to summer reading, a child who talks a book so well he convinces another child to read it, etc. Consider giving children chances to enter drawings each time they attend programs.
What about a small prize for each child who has no overdue books at the end of the program? A varied prize structure will keep discouragement and cheating to a minimum. How will you register children for the program? What is the minimum registration data you will need for program components? For bookmobile and other outreach programs? For evaluating how you met your objectives? For reports to supporters, your director, library board, and the state library?
Outline each scheduled program. Sign up community presenters or hire professional presenters.
Collect books, art supplies, and necessary equipment. Book videos. Plan for recruiting and training volunteers. Plan several emergency programs in case a presenter is a no- show. Do you have a budget to cover program expenses?
Seek community support for your program: How much financial support will you need? Make a specific list. What sort of in- kind support will you need? Make a specific list. Will you need a place outside the library for an end- of- program celebration? Many librarians have found that planning this event is a good time to establish a partnership with the local parks and recreation department or with a business such as a roller skating rink or bowling alley. It is also a good time to seek partners who can provide food for the celebration.
Consider preparing a “fact sheet” to use when approaching potential donors. On library letterhead list the summer reading theme, goals of the program, dates, locations, who is eligible to participate, upcoming program highlights, and participation statistics from previous years. Personalize the fact sheet by adding a letter for each potential donor stating specifically what you are asking for—$5. Be sure your name and phone number are on both the letter and the fact sheet.
Will there be programs donors would enjoy attending? Send them special invitations. Seek school support for your program: Before school is out, ask staff to work with you to devise a plan whereby summer reading participants will be recognized when they return to school in the fall. For example, maybe a principal would agree to dye his hair the school color if half the students enroll in summer reading.
Maybe a challenge could be issued from one school to another—the school with the highest percentage of students in summer reading wins. Will you visit schools to present programs to publicize summer reading? If yes, be sure to take an information sheet for every teacher and media specialist and a flyer or bookmark for every student. Ask to be allowed to leave a poster prominently displayed in each school. Are there teachers or school librarians who would volunteer to assist with presentations for programs scheduled in the library during the summer? Children love to find their favorite teachers at the public library.
Do the schools have required summer reading lists? Do you have enough copies of the books on these lists? Can you place an article about summer reading in the Family Resource and Youth Services Center or school newsletters? Can you place information for parents in the report card envelopes? Can you speak about summer reading to PTO groups? Is there an empty storefront in your town?
Would a school art class paint it to advertise summer reading? Is there a homeschoolers organization that should receive publicity about your summer reading program? Is there a program for children of migrant workers that should receive publicity? Publicize and promote your summer reading program both in the library and throughout your community: Is reading the primary focus of your publicity rather than the program schedule or prizes? How many different flyers will you need? One for each age group? Will your readers need a full calendar of events?
On your library web site? Will you use direct mail for any of your publicity? Can you place a summer reading banner across the main street of your town? In front of the library?
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