Summer Reading Programs are very important to librarians. The themes are picked months in advance, there is a merchandise/incentive plan in place, book lists are formed, and workshops are scheduled for library staff. The 2015 SRP theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” and we are ready!
The SRP is the best part of being a librarian! JeNel and I brainstorm for them basically all year. We shoot ideas back and forth and jot down craft ideas on scraps of paper. Pinterest has revolutionized our planning. We now have a dedicated board where we post and peruse blog entries.
Summer Reading Programs are crucial for children. The summer slide is described by the RIF.org website:
Children who do not read over the summer will lose more than two months of reading achievement. Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates.
Children who enroll in our reading program can overcome the summer slide and have fun at the same time. We pack the summer full of crafts, adventures, programs, and incentives. Kids have so much fun; they don’t even realize that they are exercising their brains!
Our Summer Reading Program is funded and totally supported by The Friends of the Drake Public Library. They pay for the Blank Park Zoo program and The Science Center of Iowa programs. The FDPL also pay for all the t-shirts and other incentives. Local businesses donate food prize coupons and other incentives.
In the past we have made fossils, toured the local museum, petted lizards, looked at stars, made a time capsule, and had a blast!
This year promises to be action packed and full of fun events! Superhero capes, human heroes, four legged heroes, and fire trucks are just some of the things JeNel has planned!!