Thank you to everyone who gave me great ideas to help students read this
summer! I did contact the public library and they are willing to come out
and talk about their summer reading programs even though not all of the
students live in the area. I'm trying to get approval and dates for when
they are to come.
To help promote using the public library during the summer I am thinking of
promoting a contest. Students show me their public library card in the fall
(maybe along with a receipt that they used the card??). I give them a token
gift of something small (candy, sticker, pencil??) and then their name is
put into a drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card.
Has anyone done anything similar or have thoughts or ideas for this to help
out (especially for high school)?
We are a 1st-12th grade building so each division will have a winner (3
total gift cards).
I will be open during the summer one day a week for one hour. We are a
private school and our students drive from all over. I know many may not
come to school but we'd like them to use their local public library to
check out books and avoid the summer slide.
I have thought about call our local library but wasn't sure if they would
come since all the students are from all over, not just local students.
It can't hurt to ask.
For the past 7 years or so I have partnered with our local public library
(Children and Youth Services librarian) who spends a week in June in our
school during my scheduled library classes promoting the public library's
summer reading program. She passes out a small nylon backpack that is
filled with an application for a public library card, the summer reading
program explanation to parents, a reading minutes tally sheet, a brochure
listing all of the activities going on in their library that summer, and a
pencil. The tally sheet asks the students to fill in 20 clocks, meaning
they read for a total of 20 hours over the summer. If they complete the
tally sheet, they may bring it into the library prior to the start of the
new school year and receive a prize. For elementary the prize is a gift
card to a local ice cream shop; for middle school / high school the prize
is an iTunes gift card. Every student in my school leaves library class
that week with a backpack, whether they are going to participate or not.
This is all provided by the public library which handles a large summer
crowd and this is the way they promote reading. Since the summer reading
program is a national public library program, perhaps you could call your
local library and ask if their children's librarian might come to your
school to promote their summer reading program. They may not have anything
to hand out, but it would be a great community outreach and I'm sure the
public librarian would love to connect with all the students in your
school. I believe this year's national theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Great idea! :)
I just received 600 Chipotle buy one get one bookmarks. I requested them
several months ago but they arrived a bit late for me to use before their
expiration in September. However, this seems to be a popular "reward" with
high school students. :)
I would see if a librarian from the library district that your school is
located in could come and speak to students, promote Summer Reading Club.
Work with them on ideas.
The Library Network co-op is good sized and chances are most of your
students are from communities with a TLN library. I've spoken at local
private schools before and while I speak of specifics of my library, I also
point out general things that can be found, done are ALL area libraries. I
always tell them that while they are ALWAYS welcome at my library, Library
A, B and C would love to see you too! Even when I'm at public schools I
say that because our library district doesn't match the school district
boundaries and with Michigan's school of choice option, I never assume the
student is a LDL card holder.
Another idea is have them bring something/proof that they participated in a
local summer reading club. Because there could be extenuating
circumstances that prevent them from getting a library card. Maybe they
owe too much money and can't replace a missing card until the fines are
reduced down. In some co-ops if a parent owes too much money the children
can't get cards.
You have a terrific idea! Please post a hit because I am planning a summer
reading program also and we do want the students to get cards (which is
difficult because their parents must sign the form).
I like your idea. I am at a public library and we find that the only way
to get kids to use the library and read during the summer is to have the
SCHOOL offer the bribe/incentive to read or consequences for not reading.
One middle school I worked with offered 100 points added to their ELA grade
in the fall if they read 2 bks during the summer.
You also may want to see if your public library has an online
presence. At our public library, this is the second year we are working on
Beanstack, so all reading records can be kept online from any location and
statistics are easy to access. We are trying to promote that in the
schools in our area for the summer. Good luck and thanks for trying to keep
them reading and using the public library in the summer.
I have had it that If a Student showed their reading log from the Summer
Reading program the ELA teacher gave them extra credit pts.
I am in a private school and run something to promote public library
cards. I pit classes against each other. The class with the most cards
gets spirit points (for a later school-wide spirit contest) and bragging
rights on the announcements.
Will do so the same for those who use your school library.
I think this is a great idea. We are fortunate to have wonderful public
libraries around us. Perhaps someone from one of the closest public
libraries could do a special presentation --incl. registering new patrons--
in your building (this would require some pre-paperwork and flexibility on
the part of the public libraries involved, however, most public libraries
are always looking for outreach opportunities). I would worry, a bit, about
equity: at Berkley HS, e.g., some students could never get their parents to
do the paperwork for a library card and, further, would have problems
physically getting to the public library.
On a side note, I am dismayed at the lack of collaboration that I
see between school and public libraries in Michigan. I worked in a public
library in Salt Lake City and as the YA librarian did programs and outreach
all the time in the schools there. One of the big advantages was that we
had ONE library organization (ULA) for the entire state and our joint
conference helped to foster such cooperation.
Our public library (and several around us) has made provisions for students
to have e-cards (based on their student ID numbers) that allows them access
to all of the public library’s digital content including e-books (students
access OverDrive through age appropriate portals). Since our elementary and
middle schools are 1:1 with iPads, this is an easy way for students to
access their public library without having to get a parent drive them.
The children’s and YA librarians from the public library make classroom
visits to talk about the public library and summer programming to encourage
students to visit the public library over the summer.
We also collaborate on our Battle of the Books program with our high
schools and public library. The actual event is held at the public library
because it is considered “neutral” ground and is centrally located. Plus
their facility is perfect for hosting our event and Skyping with authors.
I would like to point out that the Sterling Heights Library has
collaborated with both Utica Community Schools and Warren Consolidated
Schools to afford the patrons in those districts access to the library
materials through a virtual library card which utilizes the school
I too think this is a great idea. I pursued the idea of getting someone
from the Farmington libraries to come in to Mercy because the kids at Mercy
were eligible for a Farmington card, regardless of their home Library based
on address, since the school is in Farmington. However, I found if they
were under 18 they needed a parent's permission for a card. I too thought
sending something home and getting it back would not work very well. One
thought was to have a table set up in our lobby during conferences for
parents to sign up at that point. However their daughters wouldn't be there
You might consider enabling students to submit more than one receipt for
books checked out. I know at the Livonia libraries you get a printed
receipt if you'd like, instead of or in addition to an emailed one. I think
either would work. Perhaps they could just copy and paste the emailed ones
into one document and submit that. Each time they checked books out, they
could submit their name for the drawing. It might encourage more reading!?
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I've done something similar. I have students show me their summer reading
registration and logs from their public library and then we have a school
party to celebrate their reading.
Invite your children's or teen librarian to visit your classes before
school ends - it may help students to connect with them before summer break
First - contact your public library. They will be sooooo happy you're doing
this and may have good ideas as well.
The public library in the town where I work made up little gift bags for
Library card sign up month. Kids showed me their cards at school and got a
bag. I believe they were candy filled bags. I'm going to hand out regular
sized candy bars to anyone who turns in a summer reading form.
I've never been a fan of drawings. I'd rather give each child something
small than have someone get something by luck and everyone else get
nothing. I do like the idea of encouraging library use.
I have used the Scholastic Summer reading challenge with my middle school
students. I would imagine that you could use it with all students. You
can read more via this link https://www.scholastic.com/summer/home/
After our students logged their reading times when they came back in the
fall we hosted an event for all that participated. You could use this to
encourage them to read and use the public library. Good Luck!!!!!
Thank you again for all your help!!!
Michelle Levy, MLIS
School Library Media Specialist
Eton Academy <http://www.etonacademy.org/%20> (1st-12th grades)
Birmingham, MI 48009
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