Blog posts in Summer Reading

Summer Reading Manuals Headed Your Way!

Summer Reading Program manuals have been shipped out to every publicly-funded public library in Idaho that submitted their 2013 Summer Reading Report. Manuals are addressed to the library in general and not a specific person, so please keep an eye out and give your mail processing person a heads-up.

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Call for Ideas for 2015 Summer Reading Theme: Heroes (Early Literacy Manual)

The Collaborative Summer Libraries Program (CSLP) would like you ideas for activities, crafts, programs, exploration stations, books, and music for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers for the slogan, "Every Hero Has a Story." Deadline is September 30, 2013.

The chapter headings are:

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Call for Ideas for 2015 Summer Reading Theme: Heroes (Children's Manual)

The Collaborative Summer Library Programs (CSLP) is looking forward to having a heroic summer in 2015 but they need your help. Please send all of your super ideas to Children's Manual editor Amanda Struckmeyer (see contact info). They should be intended for Grades K-4 and families. Any tips on making them inclusive are welcome also.

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Summer Reading PSAs available now

The "Dig Into Reading" Public Service Announcement (PSA) is now available on the CSLP website. Here are some important points about the PSA, from CSLP PR and Marketing Chair Charlotte Johnston:

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Press Release: CSLP Teen Video Contest Winners Announced

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announced the winners of the 2013 Teen Video Challenge.  The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program.  Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2013.

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Important message regarding backpacks for Bright Futures School Visits

In recent years the Commission has provided branded materials for libraries that sign up for the Bright Futures School Visits program. These materials are distributed during visits at elementary schools in order to increase student participation in the libraries' summer reading programs.

PLA Public Library Summer Reading Survey

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With the assistance of a planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and an advisory board made up of representatives from seven organizations, the Public Library Association (PLA) is researching current summer reading programs and creating a searchable national map of summer reading programs for both patrons and library staff to use.

Apply Now for Bright Futures Summer Reading Opportunities

The Commission is now accepting applications for Bright Futures Summer Outreach Programs. These opportunities are designed to reach more children with summer reading programs, especially those considered “underserved.” Each program is designed to achieve specific outcomes and participating libraries must report results in the ICfL annual summer reading programs report.