Category Archives: SummerReading
View Oregon Live’s photo essay of Forest Grove City Library celebrating kids who met their summer reading goal and rewarding them with books to keep and take home. One of the components of high-quality summer reading programs if giving away free books children and teens get to keep.
Oregon libraries that use the Ready to Read Grant to fund part or all of their summer reading program are required to use the statewide summer reading program (a.k.a. the Collaborative Summer Library Program). This means they must use the CSLP theme (this year underground) and slogan (this year Dig Into Reading and Beneath the Surface), but they are not required to use CSLP artwork. Washington County Cooperative Library System holds a teen summer reading art contest every year. This provides local teens with the opportunity to engage in a meaningful art project, vote to select the art they want to represent their program, and participate in their community by helping to promote their public library.
Congratulations to Kait Baird, this year’s winner!
For the second year in a row the non-profit Mixing in Math has developed ready-to-use programming ideas that correlated with the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s summer reading theme—night, Dream Big: Read! Activities are primarily designed for school-age children.
You can download and print these ready-to-use activities to add math to your summer programming. Each activity has a blue box on left that identifies recommended grade level, estimated time to do the activity, math concepts introduced in the activity, list of materials needed to do the activity, and 2 picture book suggestions. Looking through some of the activities, it would be easy to identify different picture books to support the math concepts covered in the activities if you don’t have the suggested titles or you don’t think they will work with your particular group of kids.
The National Summer Learning Association has developed nine quality standards for summer programs for children of all ages. Libraries can use these standards as a tool for identifying what they are doing well and what they need to improve on regarding planning, staffing, funding, and implementing their summer reading program.
How are these standards different than the components of high-quality summer reading programs? The standards are general strategies all types of summer programs should have in place regarding organizational infrastructure and customer service. Quality standards are indicators of sustainability, intentional programming and evaluation, and positive and responsive customer service. The components of high-quality summer reading programs are specific to library summer reading programs. The components are activities and services research shows libraries can implement during the summer to help children and teens maintain or improve their reading skills.
Both the quality standards and components of high-quality summer reading programs can be used to demonstrate to stakeholders the value of your summer reading program. They can be used to advocate keeping certain aspects of your program and for funding to improve your summer reading program.