Apply Now for Bright Futures Summer Outreach Programs 2017

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. These programs are funded in part with a grant
from the Library Services and Technology Act.

Who may apply: Publicly-funded public libraries in Idaho

libraries that wish to participate in a Bright Futures Outreach Program
must formally evaluate their summer reading program.

Click on each program for more information:

Parent Outreach: Plan at least one event for parents and caregivers
Deadline: April 7, 2017

Reaching Underserved Children:
Take your summer reading program out in the community and receive
paperback books and bookmarks to give to children ages birth to 18.
Deadline: April 7, 2017

School Partnerships:
Develop a Reading Challenge with the elementary school principal and
school librarian to increase participation in the library's summer
reading program. Receive a partnership package including hardcover
books, paperback books, and summer reading banner for the library and
each partner school.
Deadline: April 7, 2017

Before you apply for any Bright Futures program please
meet with your staff to determine which person will submit the
application(s). Please also contact libraries that may serve the same
schools as you, and determine which libraries will serve the various
elementary schools in your area. As applications are accepted we will
post an up-to-date chart of all libraries, programs, and schools that
have been submitted:

Ready to apply? (Click program to access application)
Parent Outreach
Reaching Underserved Children

School Partnerships

Questions regarding Bright Futures may be directed to Staci Shaw.

Special notice regarding School Visits and Backpacks

We are no longer offering School Visits as a Bright Futures Outreach Program; however, we do encourage libraries to visit schools in the spring to promote summer reading and library programs. This year the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is providing drawstring backpacks that library staff can take to the schools or to other outreach events to help promote their summer programs. Public and Community Libraries in Idaho will be able to request those after the first of the year. Stay tuned for more information and application link in The Scoop or on our Summer Reading Website.