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Summer Library Program: Training Materials

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


Information and materials from MLS Summer Library Program Continuing Education Events. Be sure to also check out our page on Summer Reading Research.

Library Services for Customers With Accessibility Adaptations

CSLP Diversity & Inclusion Committee: Library Services for Customers With Accessibility Adaptations Webinar

Ready or Not Here It Comes Inclusive Summer Library Programs

Recorded on Feb. 7, 2018. Summer Reading: the beloved albatross of youth services. If we're not careful, it turns into a grind. This webinar will look at ways to make Summer Reading more inclusive, see what the latest research says, and see what other library systems are doing. Get inspired with fresh ideas, so you're ready to kick into planning mode.

Suzanne Myers Harold is the Children's Librarian at Astoria (OR) Public Library, on the coast. Prior to moving to the hometown of the Goonies, she worked for ten years with Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon, as the Summer Reading Coordinator, a youth librarian, and the Adult Literacy Coordinator.

Using Project Outcome to Measure & Build a Better Summer Library Program

Recorded webinar from Jan. 24, 2018. Summer reading programs are on the horizon! How will you measure the success of your summer reading and learning programs? Project Outcome provides a set of tools to help you measure the outcomes of your summer programs, which can be used to make program improvements, justify funding requests, and strengthen community partnerships. This webinar covers good practices for administering Project Outcome surveys for summer reading programs. Learn what other libraries have done to successfully gather outcome data about summer learning and why standardized summer program outcomes are so important from the state library’s perspective.

Summer Reading Reconsidered

How can libraries illustrate the value of summer reading programs to administrators and funding agencies? Even more importantly, how can we better understand for ourselves what’s working and how it’s working so we can improve? In a bid to start answering these questions, the presenters will summarize what current research has to say about reading motivation. We’ll then discuss a series of focus groups we conducted with fourth-graders in North Carolina, where we live and work. We’ll share students’ reasons for participating as well as their general thoughts on summer reading and discuss how these responses mesh with research on incentives and motivation. Finally, we’ll present our best tips for maximizing participation and completion in these programs while creating meaningful experiences that will positively affect young people’s relationship with reading for years to come.

Speaker Bios:
Kim Becnel is an associate professor of Library Science at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She teaches and researches in the areas of distance education, public libraries, and youth literacy and literature. Robin A. Moeller is an associate professor of Library Science at Appalachian State University. Her research interests are visual representations of information, as they apply to youth and schooling, as well as the reading habits and interests of children and young adults.

Engaging Students in Summer Reading

Presented by Dr. Mary Burkhauser on March 5, 2018.

During this webinar, participants will learn about the foundational principles and core components of the READS for Summer Learning intervention, as well as the research supporting this approach. They will reflect on what this work might mean for their summer programming. Finally, they will walk away with some ideas for evaluating program effectiveness. 

Rethinking Incentives

Check out the full report from Scholastic's Kids & Family Reading Report

Outcome Measurement

Tracking Reading

Great idea for a summer learning activity sheet, INSPIRE, from the Kitsap Regional Library System, WA!

Read & Bead: Innovations for Summer Reading

Discover an innovative system for your library's Summer Reading Program that will encourage intrinsic motivation, increase word-of-mouth promotion, and reduce expenses while being fun and easy to learn for your patrons and staff. The 'Read and Bead' system personalizes the SRP experience for each participant, reaching and supporting both struggling and advanced readers in your community. Presented by Melissa McCleary, Youth Services Librarian at Pembroke Public Library, and Katrina Ireland, Children's Services Librarian at Northborough Free Library.