Bright Futures: Summer Outreach for Underserved Children

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Bright Futures "Summer Outreach for Underserved Children" is an OPT IN program. Deadline to apply is May 1st.

There are many children and teens that do not participate in summer library programs because they are not aware of the opportunity or because they are not able to get to the library during the summer. This program allows librarians to reach out to these kids in the community, and encourage them to continue reading over the summer months.

Desired Outcome:

Children will maintain their reading achievement skills over the summer with support from Idaho libraries.

Desired Output:

Children will read a minimum of 10 hours or read a minimum of 10 books during their summer break.*

*Read= reading independently and/or being read to(read alouds, audiobooks, online books)

Program Objectives:

  • Public library staff engage hard-to-reach students in reading activities that occur out in the community.
  • Public library staff communicate the importance of maintaining a consistent reading routine over the summer months.

Nuts and Bolts - Program Requirements:

  • Offer at least one outreach event, designed to reach undeserved children*, outside of the library in June, July and/or August. Outreach event should emphasize the importance of maintaining a reading routine over the summer months, encourage participation in the regular summer reading program and distribute books to underserved children. Offering a storytime or another library program element is highly encouraged.
  • Partner with one or more agencies or organizations in your community to implement your outreach event/s.
  • Receive and distribute paperback books from ICfL suitable for audience to be given away to children birth through teens attending the off-site program.  You'll also receive summer reading bookmarks containing information about why kids should keep reading over the summer. 
  • Track the number of children who attend your outreach event/s and submit this information on your annual Summer Reading Report. To help you track statistics consider using this DATA TRACKING SHEET.
  • Track the number of children, participating in your regular, in-house summer reading program, who read a minimum of 10 books or 10 hours over the summer. Submit this information on your annual Summer Reading Report. To help you track statistics consider using this DATA TRACKING SHEET.
  • Formally evaluate your regular summer reading program. Evaluation rationale, sample surveys and more evaluation info can be found on our "Summer Reading Resources "web page:    http://libraries.idaho.gov/blogs/stacishaw/evaluating-your-summer-reading-program

*Underserved children include those living in poverty, English language learners, children reading below grade-level, children living in rural areas, or children unable to use the library, such as those in childcare or those who do not have transportation to the library.

Libraries that wish to participate in the Summer Outreach for Underserved Children program must apply by May 1 and agree to the requirements outlined above.

 

Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis and priority will be given to libraries who will track the number of children (birth to 18) who read a minimum of 10 books or 10 hours. See more information about this component. 

"Little Libraries" Component - Optional Add-On

If you are conducting outreach at the same location over the course of several weeks, you may consider implementing a Little Libraries component to reach more underserved children. See more information...

"Little Libraries" are defined as portable library collections that are designed around the "Read and Return" concept, where kids are visited by library staff in a park or other public area near their neighborhood, and offered a library program activity, such as a storytime.  Kids are encouraged to take book or two each week and bring them back when they are done so other kids can read the books. During the last two weeks of your program, the children are encouraged to keep a book or two.

"Little Libraries" Requirements  (in addition to the Underserved requirements outlined above):

  • Offer a weekly, off-site program for at least 4 weeks in a row, at the same location, utilizing a "Read and Return" concept with gently used and new books provided by ICfL and local sources.
  • Track the approximate number of children who attend your Little Libraries program each week and submit this information on your annual Summer Reading Report.
  • Track the total number of books distributed through your Little Libraries program and submit this information on your annual Summer Reading Report.

You may select to add-on the Little Libraries component to your summer outreach plans by including it when you apply for Bright Futures: Summer Outreach for Underserved Children.

 

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Institute of Museum and Library Services logoFunding for this program is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under a provision of the Library Services and Technology Act.