[kids-lib] Looking for short SRP success story to publish in annual report?

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Oct 15 10:23:45 PDT 2013

Hi! I'm looking for a short 2013 summer reading success story to publish in Oregon's annual summer reading brief. Please email your SRP success story to me by the start of business Friday, October 18th. Success stories emailed to me, but not selected to be published will be printed and put in your Ready to Read Grant file whether or not you used the grant to fund SRP so there will be a record of your good work!

Here are links to the past briefs so you can see how your success story might be published: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/oregon.srp.certificate.aspx#Oregon_Summer_Reading_Briefs

Here examples of past success stories published in annual summer reading briefs so you know what I'm looking for:

[The] number of hours read was still on an upward trajectory from the past two years for all ages... We had huge increases of [participation] numbers in both the ages 0-5 read to me group and the teen [group]. Children were enthusiastic about programs and I had lots of feedback from parents and children about their satisfaction with our summer programs.

We followed last year's success of partnering with Heifer International by selecting this year's partner: Creslane School Garden. The garden is local, for kids and by kids, and teaches children about gardening, geography, and water conservation. For every hour the children read during our summer reading program, sponsors in the community pledged monetary amounts to help out the garden... we were able to raise $708. The money was presented to teachers from Creslane School during our final Summer Reading program.
-Esther Moberg, Lane Library District (Creswell Public Library)

[This summer] 1,549 kids and 532 teens signed up for the summer reading program at our library this summer.  That represented a 9% increase over the number of sign-ups in 2010, and a 30% increase in sign-ups from 2009.  We had an even bigger increase in the number of finishers.  This year, 730 kids and 226 teens finished our summer reading program, creating a 19% increase in finishers over last year.

Attendance at our summer programs increased, as well.  1,631 people attended summer reading programs at our library this summer, not including the additional 1,414 people who attended summer story times.  As such, the summer program attendance increased 16% over 2010.

All of these increases are no doubt attributable to the increased publicity funded by the grant.  The Oregon Battle of the Books titles have also proved beneficial, as more schools seem to be participating this year.  We've seen a significant increase in requests for these titles in the first few months of this school year, so we are thankful [for the Ready to Read Grant to be able to] have multiple copies available for check out.
-Jana Hoffman, Milwaukie Ledding Library

"After looking at [summer reading] participation and completion numbers from the previous year, I knew that we needed to improve both numbers.  This was my first summer reading program (SRP) here at Stayton so I wasn't sure what to expect. Our modest goal was to have a 3% increase in finishers... To reach our goal 20% of the kids should finish. We had 315 kids ages 0-14 sign up and 215 finish, 68% [completion rate]!  How exciting to reach our goal times three!

I attribute much of the success to promotion at the schools, but to make this work everyone here at the library had to be on board.  The staff wore SRP shirts, talked to friends, brought their grandkids, and were very positive and excited about the changes to the program... We look forward to even bigger numbers next year."
--Casle Portner, Stayton Public Library

Thanks for your help,

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<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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Pick up your 2014 summer reading manual<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/oregon.srp.certificate.aspx#Summer_Reading_Manuals_> and get science programming training at
OLA's Children's Services Division's fall workshop<https://ola.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_149058>
Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Tigard Public Library

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