[kids-lib] Resources: Value of libraries early learning and summer reading programs

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Mar 17 16:00:01 PDT 2015

Hi! Last Friday, the State Librarian sent the following email and attached white paper to all public library directors. This may be a great opportunity for you to start a conversation with your director about storytimes and summer reading. Below are some possible conversation starters:


*         How are our library's storytimes impacting reading readiness in our community? Attached you'll find a storytime self-evaluation checklist Multnomah County Library uses and an early learning with families self-evaluation that may help you talk about this.

*         Do we need to be more intentional about early literacy in our storytimes by using a tool like VIEWS2<http://views2.ischool.uw.edu/> and/or Every Child Ready to Read<http://www.everychildreadytoread.org/> to increase the impact our storytimes have on reading readiness?

*         What resources and support do we need to make any changes to our storytime?

Summer reading:

*         How is our summer reading programming impacting summer learning loss that economically underserved students often experience?

*         What are we doing to make an extra effort to engage economically underserved students in summer reading?

*         Which best practices of summer reading listed are we implementing? The best practices are listed on page three of the attached CSLP Summer Reading White Paper 2015.

*         Which components of high-quality summer reading programs<https://orysbestpractices.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/components_final2.pdf> are we implementing?

*         Which best practices and components might be most effective in our community?

*         Which of best practices and/or components should we focus our resources on to increase the impact of our summer reading program on summer learning loss?

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

From: PL-Directors [mailto:pl-directors-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of MaryKay Dahlgreen
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2015 1:00 PM
To: pl-directors at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:pl-directors at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Cc: OLA Legislative Committee
Subject: [PL-Directors] Value of libraries summer reading and early learning programs

Dear Colleagues:

I indulged myself this morning and attended the OLA Children's Services Division spring workshop to hear about VIEWS2<http://views2.ischool.uw.edu/> (Valuable Initiatives in Early Learning that Work Sucessfully) undertaken by the iSchool at the  University of Washington. I want to encourage all of you to take a look at the website they have developed that provides data on the value of early learning programs provided by public libraries as well as tools for library staff as they develop  evidence based programming.  I understand that they will be publishing the results of their research in an academic journal and the researchers are working on  a text book that provides instruction on using the techniques that were found to be effective.

Yesterday I received an e-mail from a colleague in Arizona with a white paper that has been created by NPC Research for the Collaborative Summer Library Program<cslpreads.org>. This explores the state of research on the impact of public library summer reading programs on summer learning loss, the efffectivness of library summer reading programs, and best practices for summer reading programs. I have attached the white paper.

I would encourage all of you to take a look at these two resources and share this information with your youth services staff, Board members, and local policy makers. I will provide more information as I receive it. I want to thank all of you for making Oregon libraries some of the best in the country when it comes to early learning and summer reading, let's keep it going.


MaryKay Dahlgreen
Oregon State Librarian
marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us<mailto:marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us>

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