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Albany Public Library’s 2013 Summer Reading Program

Creating videos with children and teens is a great way to simultaneously promote your library program and engage kids in an activity that builds digital literacy skills and 21st century skills.


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Giving Away Free Books is a Component of High-Quality SRPs

13178085-essayView 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.


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Mosley Wotta and Tony Smily @ Black Butte School

The Jefferson County Library and the Jefferson County Cultural Coalition partnered to bring local Central Oregon musicians, Tony Smile and Mosley Wotta, to every school in Jefferson County last spring. Librarian Patricia Smith says, “The students really got into his performance. I loved how Mosley Wotta incorporates early literacy into his programs.”

Mosley Wotta and Tony Smiley will be playing at Jefferson County Library’s summer reading grand finale. This program brings early literacy, summer reading, schools, the public library, and a cultural institution together to provide a fun language program for children whether or not they can get to the public library.

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July 30, 2013 · 4:13 pm

Teen Summer Reading Art Contest

KaitBairdSRPposter2013Oregon 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!

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Dreaming Big at the Library

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.

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December 18, 2012 · 8:49 am

Math Activites for 2012 SRP

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.

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Gale Guided Tutorials for SRP Planning

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:

  • Online book clubs
  • Using Gale resources to create games
  • Using Gale resources to create reading activities
  • Readers’ advisory

Here is how to access these tutorials:

  • Go to Gale Guided Tutorials.
  • Scroll down the page and look for “Summer Reading” towards the bottom of the right-hand column.
  • Click on the tutorial(s) of your choice and they should automatically launch in a new tab in your browser.

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