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Summer Library Program: Summer Resources

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

Project Bread Partnership

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Many of you may be familiar with the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), offered by the MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education. Our friends at Project Bread (who administer the program) have a really great opportunity to connect with your summer library program.

The SFSP is a federally funded nutrition program that provides free meals to children ages 18 and under when school is not in session. Summer meal sites are located in eligible areas throughout the state, and meals are often provided in conjunction with educational and recreational activities.

Approximately 20 public libraries are summer feeding sites in Massachusetts, and there are opportunities for more libraries to get involved.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support the critical needs of your young community members, as well as create new partnerships for your library.

For more information about this opportunity, please email April Mazza.

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Western MA Library Advocates Incentives


PROCESS CHANGE!!!  Request through Delivery

If your library is conducting a Summer Reading Program for children and/or teens, the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates (WMLA) and contributing sponsors have reading incentives to supplement your program.  The sponsors are listed following requesting instructions. 

Deadline for requesting prizes:  Friday, June 21, 2019.

To participate: 

  • Prepare a large (10x13) envelope
  • Attach a DELIVERY ROUTING SLIP made out to your library and “ATTN:  [the name of your library’s person designated to receive these valuable prizes.]”
  • Attach the ROUTING SLIP to the Envelope
  • Put the pre-addressed envelope inside another envelope.  (IT’S OK TO FOLD THE PREPARED ENVELOPE)
  • Route through the MLS Delivery to:
    • W – Sunderland      
    • Katherine Hand
  • Enclose a note if you need prizes for Children AND Teens.
  • Requests must be received by WMLA by Friday, June 21, 2019.

Please submit ONE request for EACH library building.  For public library systems with branch libraries, tell us how many branches need prizes.

Donors have requested that the public be notified of their donation to encourage reading among our young people.  Please add to or create signs or posters with the sponsor information. 

We will ship the prizes via THE MASSACHUSETTS LIBRARY SYSTEM DELIVERY provided by Optima.  If your library is not on the delivery network, contact Jan Resnick at

WMLA Board members will process your requests and route the incentives through delivery shortly after July 18th.


2019 Sponsors for Summer Reading Incentives

The WMLA Board of Directors has arranged with the Eastern States Exposition to provide each Massachusetts library conducting a summer reading program free tickets for this fall’s Big E (9/13 - 29/2019) in West Springfield.  The Big E will provide two (2) free general admission tickets to each library Summer Reading Program (Children’s & Teen) in Massachusetts.

Yankee Candle has created a prize for the Summer Reading Program. It is a free wax hand mold and is redeemable at their flagship store in South Deerfield. The wax hand normally retails for $8.

Friendly’s is providing bookmarks including a coupon for a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal.  WMLA will distribute the number of coupons based on a population formula. 

U.S.S. Constitution Museum will provide at least one free pass to the museum for each participating Children’s or Teen summer program. 

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  Each Children’s and Teen program will receive a one-time family pass which is good for two adults and up to 4 children.  The passes, valued at $34.50, are valid until 9/1/2020.

Our new sponsor the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is contributing VIP Youth tickets, valued at $16, which are valid until 9/1/2020.

The sponsors suggest that winners of the prizes be chosen through a random drawing of names at the end of your summer reading program.  Yankee Candle certificates and Friendly’s coupons may be distributed as weekly incentives.

The sponsors are providing these prizes with the understanding that they will be used as incentives or rewards for children and teens to encourage them to read over the summer.  Prizes are available for only children’s AND teen programs.

If you have questions, contact Jan Resnick at

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