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.
A big thank you to those who attended the Spring Workshop Series: Summer Reading. We had about 30 people sharing TONS of ideas for Summer at our first ever CSD Virtual Spring Workshop Series! If you didn't make the meeting or just want to remember parts of the conversation, here are the notes. Thanks to Greta and Bryce for taking notes during the meeting to help with this! If you need to find the notes later, head to our Spring Workshop Series webpage or our Summer Reading webpage.
Spend a few minutes looking at this quick view of the YouTube video and see if there is anything of interest in the one hour and 20-minute webinar. Hope this saves you some time and helps your summer reading planning.
Presenter: MJ Grande, Youth Services Librarian, Juneau Public Libraries
Bibliocommons list of storytime titles for movement.
Upcycle Tutu: make a tutu out of leftover newspaper bags: 14:49
Craft, Melted Crayons on Canvas: 16:05
Page 209 of 2021 iREAD Resource Guide. See picture below.
- Bowwow Powwow by Brenda Child
Color Inspiration Books: 19:56
- Black is a rainbow color by Angela Joy
- Cornflakes: Poems by James Stevenson
- Vivid: Poems and Notes about Color by Julie Paschkis
- See bibliocommons list of Alaska SRP Showcase.
Presenter: Susan Jones, Youth Services Librarian, Fairbanks
Things to consider when creating your SRP plans: 23:23
Don’t set plans in stone. Set in Jello for lots of wiggle room.
- Press Here by Herve Tullet
- Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin
- Add in movement, singing, drawing in some way to the StoryWalk
Scavenger Hunt: colors 28:26
Outdoor Day: 29:54
- Sidewalk chalk drawing
Music Concerts outside: 30:35
Mad Scientists (virtual): 31:04
- Walking colors. Page 152 of 2021 iREAD Resource Guide. See pictures below.
Take and Make Bag: 33:34
- One bag for the entire summer reading with all the weekly crafts to correspond with programs
- Make beads from magazines by rolling up the paper
- Color Wheel craft
- See how to make this art project: https://onelittleproject.com/northern-lights-chalk-art/
- Black construction paper
- White Scrap paper in shape of mountains
- Cotton balls
- Place white paper on black paper
- Rub chalk upwards from white paper to black. Use different colors
- Brush chalk marks upwards with cotton balls.
Pandemic Quilt: 35:12
- Include square in take and makes.
- Have each child write their name on square and decorate.
- Return to library. Library will make quilt.
Colorful Family Flag: 35:35
- Reading Colors Your World Resource Guide page ?? (if you find the page number, will you let us know?)
Color Your Plate with Fruits and Vegetables: 35:57
- Reading Colors Your World Resource Guide pages 94-97. See pictures below or click here for PDF version.
- Company: Stick Together
Minerals, Rocks and Gems: 37:06
- Borrow a kit from a museum??
Rubber Chicken Karaoke: 37:30
Essay Contest: Forgot to get timestamp.
Presenter: AJ Gooden, Igiugig Tribal Library
Color Fun with Process Painting: 41:33
- Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh
- Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
- String Art
- Dot to Dot Art
- Marble Painting
- Family oriented stations
- Bibliocommons list of books
Color Fun with Crayons and Marker: 42:51
- My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard
- Melted Crayon Art
- Crayon Etching
- Marker Dot Art
- Bibliocommons list of books
Hands-on Color: 43:48
- Festival of Colors by Kabir Sehgal
- Bibliocommons list for the book
- Playdough Mandalas
- Tissue Paper Suncatchers
- Paint-chip paper beads
Questions about Color: 45:29
Survey patrons about color and explore their questions
What makes color?
- You Are Light by Aaron Becker
- Optical Physics for Babies by Chris Ferrie
- Let’s Make a Rainbow by Chris Ferrie
- Model of Light Waves
- The Light Spectrum with Prisms and Refractions
- Absorption and Reflection
- Take Home a Beaded Prism Suncatcher
- Erik the Red Sees Green by Julie Anderson
- The Girl Who Heard Colors by Marie Harris
- Acromatopsia and Color Deficiencies
- Synesthesia- Painting what you hear
I Color (Artists and Color): 49:10
- Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock
- Kandinsky Square Art
- Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter
- Matisse Cutouts Art
- Through Georgia’s Eyes by Rachel Rodriguez
- O’Keefe Flower Tissue Paper Art
- Roy’s House by Susan Rubin
- Portraits inspired by Roy L Lichtenstein
Colors of our World, Earth Art and Community Photo Book: 50:50
- Color Me a Rhyme by Jane Yolen
- Use found objects outside to create art
- Invite families to take pictures focused on color and share on library social media.
Interactive Displays: 52:40
- Wooden Rainbow Blocks: Have around for interactive playing. Find here: https://amzn.to/2ZxwuXP
Presenter: James Adcox, Youth Services Coordinator, Kenai Community Library
- Be creative, be simple, be educated.
- They offer 5 kits over 10 weeks.
- Scratch board with enclosed toothpick
- 3-D paper with 3-D glasses (black sharpie marker, special paper)
- Make your own comic book diary
- Pop-up cards
- Design your own FORTNITE or graphic novel character
- Make your own modern art mobile based on the work of Alexander Calder
- Make your own kaleidoscope
- Snowflakes and rainbows CD art
- Blackout poetry
- De-stress kits/ self-care kits
- Escape room in an envelope
Teen and Tween Virtual Programming: 1:05:31
- Interactive vs pre-filmed?
- Trivia night
- How to make stop-motion movie
- Cardboard cosplay
- Abstract art with cardboard squares
- Oil painting Portrait demonstration (ask an artist in community)
- Charcoal Portrait demonstrations (ask an artist in community)
- How to make a comic book diary
- Reject toy drawing activity
- Acids and bases science experiment
- Homemade fudge
- Bad art night
- Virtual art gallery
- Online scavenger hunts
Incentives and Giveaways: 1:15:20
STEAM Kits: 1:17:18
Alaska Libraries, Reading Colors Your World, Summer Reading Showcase YouTube Video
Oregon City Public Library
CSD Communications/Web Editor
Announcing: the 1st Ever Virtual CSD Spring Workshop series!
This year we are trying something a little different. Please try it with us!
1. Each month for the next three months, we'll be thinking about different topics. March's topic is Summer Reading.
2. We invite you to pick among a menu of webinars or articles related to this month's topic from this list.
Only choose the webinars or articles that interest you!
3. Join us for a debrief session! These will be informal discussions around each topic.
Can't attend the debrief session? You can still watch or read about the topic when it's best for you.
Save the Date, 11AM-1PM
March 19: Summer Reading
Click here to get started on March's Watch and Read on Summer Reading.
For more information about the entire series go to our Spring Workshop page.
Questions or need the Zoom link? Contact CSD Co-Chair Bryce Kozla.
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Looking for fun ways to use the iREAD summer reading theme, Reading Colors Your World? Try DIY kaleidoscopes. Kaleidoscope kits use a mixture of cheap and easy-to-find items such as cardboard tubes and more expensive materials such as mylar or flexible mirrors. This STEAM project could be an event in a park, in your library or given as a take and make.
The Ashland Science Works museum has great DYI instructions for a kaleidoscope. This project uses a toilet paper roll and aluminum foil (or shiny cardstock). They put translucent beads into a plastic bag and rubber band it to the roll. This website also explores the science of the kaleidoscope.
Science for Kids: How to Make a Kaleidoscope
This method uses a toilet paper roll and mylar sheets. The author had children draw on a round piece of paper and uses a straw to attach it to the roll. She paints her roll to beautify it. There is a video of her making the kaleidoscope.
DIY Kaleidoscope Craft for Kids
This method uses a paper towel roll and aluminum foil. The author cuts clear plastic circles from a salad greens lid. She glues the clear plastic circle to the open end of the paper towel roll. She inserts translucent beads into the tube and puts the second clear plastic circle into the roll. Then, she inserts aluminum foil covered cardboard. To make it look pretty, she attaches a piece of colorful paper onto the paper towel roll with tape.
Pairing STEAM with Stories: 46 Hands-On Activities for Children by Elizabeth McChesney (Ordered from the State Library of Oregon) Kaleidoscopes: page 12-13
This book has directions for a kaleidoscope that only uses mylar glued to cardboard. The author draws a picture on white paper and tapes it to the kaleidoscope. This version is simpler than the others because it does not place the mylar in a tube.
- Cut open a Nespresso sleeve on the long side. You will have four sections with three folds. Cut off one of the sections and the ends. The remaining three sides have two folds and fit perfectly into a Costco paper towel roll. The size of a Nespresso box is 11" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
- Aluminum foil vs mylar: I tried dollar-store aluminum foil sheets and more expensive heavy-duty foil. Neither one worked very well. It was difficult to find any reflections. You need to glue down the foil and try not to get any bumps or wrinkles. Mylar sheets by Vinyl Frog worked really well as a reflective source. They were self-adhesive and thicker. It was harder for these sheets to become wrinkly. Plastic mirrors would give the best reflection. I did not experiment with mirrors.
- Beads vs paper: For me, drawing designs on paper worked way better than translucent beads as source of changing colors. I was really surprised by how well the lines on paper reflected via the mylar.
UPDATE: ITEMS CLAIMED. Email me if you would like me to send you leftover supplies. I have five mylar survival blankets. Each one measures 87”x 59” and a small batch of translucent beads. See picture to left.
Oregon City Public Library
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