[kids-lib] Idea: Summer Reading Traveling Trophy

Becky Pearson Becky.Pearson at ci.mcminnville.or.us
Tue Mar 17 09:07:06 PDT 2015

We have been doing a between schools competition for the past 6 years.  It has been really fun and motivational for the kids. We tally the completions by school each week and announce them at the weekly programs so that kids (and parents) can get excited about reading.
So for the past 6 years, the same school has won! It has been very close some years.
The trophy we use was from the Parks and Recreation Department basement.  I had the trophy shop take off the sports stuff and a “Flame of Knowledge” plus a plaque for the name of the winning school each year.

From: Kids-lib [mailto:kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Katie Anderson
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2015 8:28 AM
To: kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [kids-lib] Idea: Summer Reading Traveling Trophy

Hi! There is a conversation about the idea of a summer reading traveling trophy on ALA’s Association for Library Services to Children listserv I think some of you may be interested in. The idea fosters collaborative competition—kids at the same school work together to compete against kids at another school, and it may get schools more engaged in the public library summer reading program.

Q: I am interested in starting a traveling trophy tradition for my library's summer reading program.  I hope that the collaborative competition will be motivating! Does anyone have suggestions about what a summer reading trophy should look like and/or where I should purchase the trophy?


Our branch started a summer reading trophy program in 2012. When kids complete all three levels of our SRP, we recorded their school. [The trophy] was awarded to the school with the largest percentage of students who completed all three levels. We visited all of our area schools and handed out SRP timesheets to all students, so we had [the total student body numbers]. I'm sure you could also call your local school and get a total number of students. [Using percentages] leveled the playing field for our small parochial schools vying against the large public schools.

I delivered the trophy when school began in the fall, and picked it up in the spring when we did SRP school visits. I included a letter congratulating the school on their achievement and letting them know it was only on loan for one year.

As for the trophy itself, it came from my basement. ;) I received it as a joke years before. We bought a new plate for the front; I believe that cost $7 from our local trophy shop. The trophy featured generic winged figures, our arty volunteer just added tiny laminated book covers to it. --Sara Patalita. Georgetown Branch of the Allen County Public Library

We are getting our [trophy] from dinntrophy.com. They don’t have any with books and we didn’t want to pay for a custom made one, so we opted for a four tiered one with stars and our message printed on them is “Summer Reading Super Stars”. -- Kim Patton, Kansas City Public Library(?)

We use [dinntrophy.com too]. It has a cascade of stars and it is pretty impressive for the price. --Gail Zachariah, Keene Public Library

Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant
Library Support and Development Services<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/pages/index.aspx>
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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Learn about storytime training, early learning, and summer reading program mechanics at
OLA’s Children’s Services Division’s spring workshop<https://ola.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_188795>
Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
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