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Summer Library Program: 2020 & 2021

This guide covers everything you need to plan, promote, and execute your summer library program for all ages!

Summer Programs in a Pandemic

Planning a traditional Summer Library Program during a pandemic has posed some unique and sometimes frustrating challenges for libraries. It has also created some innovative and engaging opportunities for our communities! Check out the resources on this page to help you plan your summer program. Need additional help with COVID-related issues? Check out our Coronavirus and Mass. Libraries resource guide.

Summer 2021 Resources

Summer 2020 Resources

2021 Tri-State Summer Summit

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The Tri-State Summer Summit, held on Feb. 10 & 11, 2021, was a free, virtual event hosted by the Connecticut State Library, the Massachusetts Library System, and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. 

The keynote speaker, Abdul-Razak Zachariah, author of "The Night is Yours" was followed by a panel conversation with Statewide Summer Library Program staff from RI, CT, & MA.  Sessions also covered topics such as school partnerships, burnout, podcasting, and flexibility & responsiveness.


Collection of 2021 Program Ideas

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2021 Brainstorming Sessions

"Best" Summer Wordcloud

Adult Summer Programming Discussion

2021 Youth Services Summer Discussion