[kids-lib] School-Public Library partnerships around summer reading

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Thu Nov 19 10:23:19 PST 2009

The New York representative in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) just sent out an email sharing a resource they put together to encourage school-public library partnerships to promote summer reading.  This manual is for school libraries and specific to the 2009 theme, however there is a lot of information that you can adapt and share with your local schools this Spring.  The manual is available for free at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/slmanual.pdf. 

Some ideas for using the manual are:   

Begin activities in your school library related to [SRP theme and slogan] (page 4)
This is a list of activities school librarians and teachers can do with their students at the end of the school year to get them excited about the summer reading program.  Using ideas from your CSLP summer reading manual, make a list of "Make a Splash--READ!" and "Make Waves at Your Library" activities for teacher, and distribute it to schools.  Teachers are especially busy at the end of the school year, providing them with specific activity ideas may be just what they need.  This is an especially good idea for those of you working at libraries that lack the resources to do class visits or provide other outreach services to promote summer reading.

Parents and caregivers: Six easy ways to get children to read this summer (page 7)
This is a great handout you could adapt by adding 2010 CSLP art and your library's information, perhaps add an events calendar or booklist on the back and distribute it to schools.  This is another good idea for those of you unable to provide outreach services.

Collaborate with your local public library (page 3)
When making first contact with a school library you may adapt this page to create a menu of services your library offers, such as library tours or school visits. The school librarian or teacher can then have a visual to look over and decide what works best for them and their students.  As we learned at the Fall CSD meeting, schools are on tight schedules so providing options of a couple different ways teachers can partner with you to promote summer reading may get you into more classrooms. 

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528
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