N. Idaho Libraries Invitation: Passport to Summer Reading

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The following was sent to me from Jean Hauritz at the W. Bonner Library:

Summer Reading is just around the corner. I love the theme we have this year, in fact I think this is a theme I promote often during my story times at the library.  Whether we are seasoned travelers or armchair travelers, we all love to learn about different places and cultures.  I love to encourage children and teens to think beyond their own neighborhoods.

We have already begun our preparations for the fun and festive adventures we will offer our younger patrons.  I would like to offer up a simple idea that I plan on promoting to our summer reading participants along with some of the libraries closest to Priest River and hopefully to some of you further away.

Upon arrival at the Spokane Airport, after a wonderful time of sharing at the Read to Me Meet meeting in Boise, I mentioned to Karen Yother and Lucy Barnard the idea of stamping children’s “passports” with their address stamp should any Priest River patrons stop in at their respective libraries.  We all agreed it would be a great way to encourage kids to stop in libraries other than their own.  After all, lots of families come to Priest River and Priest Lake during the summer and many travel into Post Falls and Hayden Lake.  What a wonderful way to encourage children and families to check out libraries in the cities and towns they may visit during summer vacations.

We plan on making a Reading Passport and if you are planning that craft early in your program let me offer up the idea of “stamping passports” for any child that stops in your library.  Priest River Library will use our address stamp. And should any child make it much further afield than Post Falls or Hayden Lake, I bet any library or librarian would be delighted to stamp a passport to show that the child had stopped in to see a “foreign” library!   Will you join in the fun?