Allen X Ray wrote Dreaming Big at the Library for 2012 the summer reading program at Hazel M. Lewis Library in Powers, Oregon. Children sang this song at every session over the summer.
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.
The first annual Best Practice Libraries report was published today by the Oregon State Library to acknowledge libraries that provide all three best practices. Libraries frequently change their programming to reflect community needs and library resources such as staffing and funding. The Best Practice Libraries report will be published annually in conjunction with the Ready to Read Annual Report.
Did you know that Gale provides guided tutorials to help you plan summer reading programs? These summer reading tutorials are particularly good for library staff who are new to planning and implementing the summer reading program and for staff who are looking for new and/or different ways to plan their summer reading program.
Some of the topics covered by these tutorials include, but are not limited to:
Here is how to access these tutorials:
The article Summer Reading Levels Up: How two library summer reading programs evolved into summer games by Greg Landgraf in American Libraries provides examples of how libraries are revamping summer programs. Here are some questions I asked myself as I read this article: