It’s October, so naturally it’s time to start thinking about 2022’s Summer Reading Program. (See, this is the kind of thing that makes people who work in normal fields think we’re weird.) For many of us, our professional lives revolve around a few hectic, sunny weeks when we blow most of our budgets and energy reserves in an effort to keep young brains from atrophying. I exaggerate. Sort of. Anyway, it’s fun! Summer Reading is fun, and that’s why we’re excited to launch our monthly, SRP-focused office hours:
We’ll be meeting monthly, alternating the first Wednesdays and Tuesdays of every month at 1:00. The Zoom links for the office hours will come through both the OYAN and Kids-lib listservs. If you’re not already registered for those lists, you can do so here: https://bit.ly/orlists. Look for Greta’s invitation for the meeting on Wednesday, November 3, when we’ll be focusing on debriefing about last year’s program and looking ahead to what’s next! In the meantime, we’ve created a Jamboard to get the conversation started. Please take a look and add your thoughts: https://bit.ly/SRPjam
If you have any SRP-related questions or suggestions, you can reach out to us, Lisa Elliott (Tigard Public Library) at lisae at tigard-or.gov and Dena Chaffin (Silver Falls Library) at dena.chaffin at ccrls.org. Check out the CSD Summer Reading webpage.
You May Have Missed
I encourage you to check out the whole presentation, as Manfredi’s enthusiasm is infectious and had me placing all sorts of holds and orders. Covering it all would be a very long blog post, so here are some highlights. See her entire presentation and her slide deck at the end of this blog post.
Board & Picture Book
Here is a bibliocommons list of board books and picture books that Manfredi recommended in her presentation.
Readers & Chapter Book
Manfredi shared tons of great comics suggestions, including highlighting the recent trend in early reader comics. For those looking for the next Gerald & Piggie, try the Fox & Rabbit series by Beth Ferry, illus. Gergely Dudás (Amulet Books) or the Bunbun and Bonbon series by Jess Keating (Graphix). Raina Telgemeier fans should dive right on into Twins by Varian Johnson, illus. Shannon Wright (Graphix), Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley (RH Graphic), and the Shirley and Jamila series by Gillian Goerz (Dial).
Another publishing trend Manfredi shared was the boom in 80-112 page, highly-illustrated chapter books. She specifically called out three publishing imprints: Aladdin QUIX (Simon & Schuster), Acorn (Scholastic), and Harper Chapters (HarperCollins). Smaller publishers like Capstone are getting in the game as well, with series like Astrid and Apollo by V.T. Bidania, illus. Dara Lashia Lee (Picture Window) and Sadiq by Siman Nuurali, illus. Anjan Sarkar (Picture Window).
Take Manfredi’s word for it: vampires are back in YA publishing and anthologies are coming in hot. For both, Manfredi recommends Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite edited by Zoraida Córdova & Natalie C Parker (Imprint). But the two books from 2020 Manfredi says she was thinking about all year were Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles (HarperTeen) and Parachutes by Kelly Yang (Katherine Tegen Books), both realistic fiction. Manfredi’s highest praise, though, went to The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (RH Graphic), a graphic novel she calls “one of the best YA books ever.” (I 100% agree with her on that assessment!)
Watch the session from 9/25/2021
Manfredi's Slide Deck
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For More Information
To wrap it all up, Manfredi shared some tips & tricks for keeping up with publishing:
For the complete poem, click here.
The poem enabled workshop participants to take some much needed time to reflect on our previous past two years of summer reading endeavors. Greta asked, "What will we keep for upcoming summer reading programming, and what will we stop?" The workshop gave participants the space to not only reflect, but to problem solve and most importantly to be reminded of our why for summer reading:
Youth services staff were up against many challenges during the pandemic. We consistently tried to provide the best summer reading experience to our youth patrons and their families. Much of what we provided was successful. However, there were still challenges. During our workshop we had time to reflect and evaluate what worked well for summer reading and what did not. Some examples of the many challenges included:
Greta lead us through a few meaningful activities that enabled us to reflect, evaluate and collaborate with other youth service staff. We discussed significant summer reading challenges and had the opportunity to create tools and techniques to address these challenges. If you were unable to attend the workshop, try the following activities for yourself and with other youth services staff in your library. See what tools and techniques you come up with that could solve your key summer reading challenges.
Activity 1: Storytime Share Time
Think of a story about the last activity you tried for the very first time.
Activity 2: Why do we do summer reading? What is the purpose of it all?
Activity 3: Brainstorm Interview Groups
Your Summer Reading Representatives
Greta Bergquist is our State Youth Services consultant. The Summer Reading Chairs are Dena Chaffin (CSD) and Lisa Elliott (OYAN). Feel free to contact them with your summer reading questions.
Please look out for Zoom links to the Summer Reading office hours:
Read Beyond the Beaten Path . . .
The Resource Manual is still in production and will be chock full of program ideas and art ready to use. Each Oregon library will receive an e-mail with a code to use to download the manual. It will download in two parts. Remember, iRead artwork can be used to create your own reading logs, buttons or stickers or whatever you want to create for your library. Rights to the art do not expire at the end of summer reading.
And if you’re really ready to look into the future, the theme for 2023 is Find Your Voice. Since the iREAD program is created by librarians and for librarians, there are opportunities for you to get involved with the 2023 Resource Guide. The broad theme for 2024 is Conservation.
Watch the Youth Services Summit session on YouTube:
Join us for the 2021 Youth Services Summit on Saturday, September 25th for some fall camaraderie on all things youth services! We especially hope to see you in the morning for discussing what Summer Reading looks like next. Feel free to join us with coffee and snacks in hand. You are welcome to attend just one session, or stay for all topics. Most sessions will not be recorded due to the participatory nature of the presentations. Please tell us in advance here if you plan on coming!
Need more information? Check out our Youth Services Summit webpage.
The CSD Board has prepared some amendments to our bylaws. If you have any questions or would like to make comments, please email: email@example.com. Looking for our full bylaws? Click here. We will send out the voting ballots in the near future.
1. Change CSLP (Collaborative Summer Learning Program) Representative from elected to appointed position, in article 11.051, and change the title of CSLP Representative to Summer Reading Chair throughout.
Reason for this change: Often it is difficult to find sufficient candidates for multiple Board positions. The State Library of Oregon no longer contracts with CSLP and now provides summer reading program materials through iReads.
Reason for this change: The Performer's Showcase Chair is responsible for one of CSD's long-standing core activities that provides an important service to the library community.
3. Change title of Web Editor to Communications Chair throughout.
Reason for this change: Communications Chair more accurately reflects the responsibilities of this position.
4. Remove article 11.0524 requiring 1/3 of ballots be returned for valid elections, to a simple majority of returned votes.
Reason for this change: This change makes CSD election policy consistent with other OLA Divisions which allow simple majority for elections.
5. Specify nominations for Lampman Award are to be made by Oregon residents in article 11.103.
Reason for this change: During the most recent nominations we received several nominations from outside of the OLA organization, Since the Lampman award honors "a living Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made a significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children’s literature and library services," it makes sense to open nominations to Oregon residents.
Congratulation to Tehlor Kay Mejia, our 2021 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award recipient for her significant contribution to Oregon in the field of children’s literature from the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association (OLA). The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award is presented annually by the Children's Services Division and is given in memory of Evelyn Sibley Lampman (1907-1980), noted Oregon teacher, journalist, and author of children’s books.
Southern Oregon resident Tehlor Kay Mejia is an author of YA and middle grade fiction featuring queer, Latinx characters. For more information about Tehlor, check out our Lampman Award webpage.
CSD Communications/Web Editor
Library Assistant, Oregon City Public Library
Last winter, I applied for and won the $3000 Libraries Transforming Communities grant. I planned to host a series of virtual conversations with young families, thus combining community engagement and conversation with some of the principles of early literacy. My experience of parents who are new to parenting is that the connection with other parents is invaluable. Just knowing that other parents are having similar experiences is heartening, and often conversations will spark new ideas for successful parenting. Unfortunately, even with a grant that helped to provide digital access, I didn’t get a great turnout for my virtual events. The engagement I had with families was rich, but they weren’t engaging with each other. I’ve recently transferred the conversation project to an in-person, outdoor program and am having much more luck engaging with lots of families, but it’s not the focused conversation opportunity I was hoping for.
Part of this grant process is to take the "Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries.Facilitation Skills E-Course" and I was lucky enough to take this course as part of a cohort with virtual get-togethers after each segment of the course. (The course is also available asynchronously and free of charge. I recommend it!) Taking this course greatly increased both my ability to host a facilitated conversation and my confidence and excitement about doing so. As a result of taking this course, I now feel ready to plan a community conversation about food. This new conversation ties in with adult and teen programming we’ve been doing over the last couple of years, and will also engage several community partners we’ve been building relationships with. Participating in the grant process was vital to being able to take this next step, so I’m so glad that I did!
Library Supervisor/Programs Coordinator
Banks Public Library
Incoming CSD chair
This year, iREAD received a request for Spanish-language graphics in addition to the Spanish and English bookmarks and posters they already offer for sale, and are offering them for download. Going forward, such graphics will be included in the Resource Guide along with the other reproducible spot art.
Please check out the CSD summer reading page.
On behalf of the CSD Board, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who attended the CSD Spring Workshop Debrief Sessions. I also appreciate everyone who has taken the time to engage in the Watch & Reads or plan to in the future.
This is the first time we've done the Spring Workshop and fundraiser virtually. What did you think? Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback.
April 30: Programming
-Watch & Reads
May 7th: EDI
-Watch & Reads
Want to find these resources at a later date? Head over to our spring workshop page.
The Spring Workshop Fundraiser: Virtual Auction
Thank you to everyone who participated in the CSD fundraiser this spring. Whether you bid, bought, or donated, your support is greatly appreciated. The fundraiser brought in over $700.
What's next for CSD?
If you were a member back in 2019, you might recall our first Summer Reading Summit in the fall! We are planning on having a similar learning opportunity called the Youth Services Summit. We are unsure if this will be in person or virtual, but will very likely have a virtual component. Stay tuned for more info, and thank you for your support of CSD!
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