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The inaugural summer reading summit brought together 120 library staff at the Salem Public Library. We shared and learned about summer reading programs – everything from outreach to programming to collecting data. I enjoyed the opportunity to hear about innovations and to bounce ideas off my peers.
I got lost on my way in and got a special staff-led tour of the basement of the Salem Public Library! I saw this welcoming sign on the correct door at lunch.
With eight sessions, an idea fair, and an Oregon Authors Fair, there was no way to see everything! In the morning, I attended “The Library Express Bus,” a session by Jana and Yeli from the Hood River County Library District. The Library Express Bus was born out of a desire for better service to the community of Odell, which has no public library and no public transit to the nearest library. Over four years, Jana and Yeli iterated on the program with Ready to Read grant funding, developing a program where kids and families can take a rented ski bus to the library every summer Saturday. Teens hired from the community manage the bus pick up, drop off, and help with activities at the library. Once the bus arrives, kids experience a mixture of structured and unstructured activities and, of course, can check out books.
This program exemplified thinking outside the box. Library staff saw an opportunity for the community and decided to use their grant funding on something new! They gave themselves several years to learn and change the program. Their most recent change? Opening with partner reading as a prelude to story time. In fact, they are looking for resources for “reading buddy” programs. If you know of any, please reach out to the Hood River County Library District.
Library staff made a wall of summer reading trackers. There are so many ways to run summer reading!
In the afternoon, I attended a panel on “Keeping Track: The Why, What & How.” Four library staff shared the many ways they log – or don’t! – registration, participation, and completion. This session showed there’s no one right way to do it. Google Forms, Beanstack, paper forms, Microsoft Access, and pom poms have all helped libraries keep track of summer reading in a way that works for them. Some of these options were familiar and some were new to me. Barratt from the Oregon City Public Library shared that she passes out three reading logs to every participant. I had never thought about a reading log being more than just one piece of paper!
Oregon City encourages summer readers to develop a habit of reading and read up to 75 days, across three reading logs.
I attended the Summer Reading Summit for ideas on how to revamp our summer reading program and reading logs. I certainly came away that! I also developed a better understanding of Oregon libraries and their many summer activities. For that, I thank Greta Berquist and the State Library of Oregon, the Salem Public Library for hosting, and everyone who volunteered their time to make the event a success. Don’t miss Greta’s folder of resources from the summit. Stay tuned for news of a second Summer Reading Summit in September 2021.
Lindsay Delaney is the bilingual youth services librarian at the Tigard Public Library, where she develops services for Spanish speaking kids, teens, and families. She loves summer reading programs so much she wrote four term papers on the subject. Any questions? E-mail Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All CSD members are welcome to attend the next CSD board meeting:
Friday, Sept. 27
Salem Ale Works
2315 25th St SE
Followed by the CSD Fall Social!
If you're already coming to town for the Summer Reading Summit, join us Friday night! Please send agenda items to email@example.com
Get ready to be inspired, re-energized, and committed to Summer Reading in your library! Head to Salem Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 28 to celebrate all things summer. This is your chance to join fellow youth librarians from across Oregon to learn, network, and support each other as we work to ensure all Oregon kids have a positive and meaningful summer library experience. This event will be free and open to any public library staff in Oregon who work in some way with Summer Reading. Register here: Summer Reading Summit Registration
For libraries sending staff from more than 50 miles away, up to two rooms for Friday and Saturday night lodging will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. We suggest signing up as soon as possible. Sign up for a hotel here: Hotel Sign Up
Yes, it’s the throes of Summer Reading! But take five minutes now to mark your calendar with dates for these upcoming CSD events!
Summer Reading Summit
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
Salem Public Library
Registration opens in July!
Mock Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020
Location TBD (tentatively Portland-area)
Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in being on the workshop committee! You also can nominate books for the committee to consider.
Spring Workshop + Lampman Award Lunch
Saturday, March 14, 2020
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