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:
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