Summer Reading Program – Not just for kids!
Summer is a great time to let your community know what the library has to offer!
Libraries can use summer as a showcase to engage and connect with the community by offering programs for:
- Community-at-large (intergenerational)
- Summer Reading at New York Libraries [DLD] – Access to information, resources, research, downloadable materials and online registration tools brought to you by the Division of Library Development.
- Studies show that library summer reading programs will raise student learning levels and help prevent learning losses during the summer months.
- Collaborative Summer Library Reading Program [CSLP] – Member libraries will access the manual, clip art, and order incentives through the CSLP site. Please create an account, it’s free, to access all of these components provided to you by NYS.
- READsquard Online Reading Program – READsquared is a free application available to libraries. Library staff can use the application to brand their summer reading program. Library patrons can use it to track the books they read during the summer, review books, see suggested reading lists, participate in challenges and activities, register for programs, and much more!
- Use Project Outcome to evaluate your Summer Reading Program – A template has been created in Project Outcome for all MHLS libraries to use to evaluate the outcomes of their Summer Reading Program. We suggest that you collect a list of emails at your summer reading registration event, then send out this survey to the parents/caregivers at the end of the summer.
When you log into Project Outcome, look for this template and click the orange button that says “Create Survey From Template” to get started.
Summer Reading Report
Every member library is required to submit an online Summer Reading Program Final Report. This information is sent to the Division of Library Development and assists your library with needed statistics for the Member Library Annual Report.
Due: Friday, September 17, 2021
One report per library. If you have a branch library all information for both buildings should be included in one report.
Questions? Contact MHLS Outreach & EDI Specialist, Kerstin Cruger, firstname.lastname@example.org
Libraries using the READSquared app and platform can check the knowledge base and webinar for information about using the app and collecting statistics as well as marketing materials for promoting the app.