Bright Futures Summer Reading Opportunities: Parent Outreach

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Bright Futures Parent Outreach is a new program. Apply at the link to the right by March 21, 2018.

Desired Outcome:

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

Program Objectives:

Through face-to-face contact with parents and caregivers, public library staff

  • communicate the importance of maintaining a consistent reading routine over the summer months and during other "out-of-school" time.
  • inform parents and caregivers about how to participate in the library's summer reading program.
  • share free and low-cost ways to access books and other reading materials for their children.

Nuts and Bolts:

  • Partner with one or more schools, agencies, or organizations in your community. Together with your partner plan at least one outreach program in the spring or summer at which parents and caregivers will be in attendance.
  • Through face-to-face contact with parents and caregivers deliver these talking points about the importance of summer and out-of-school reading routines. Contact can be made by the public library, school library, or school staff (principal, teachers, reading specialists).
  • Receive paperback books suitable for age-group to be given to parents and caregivers along with the library's summer reading program information.
  • You will also receive summer reading bookmarks containing information about why kids should keep reading over the summer.
  • Additional resources for parent outreach can be found at
  • This program targets families with beginning and practicing readers. We support outreach to families with children of all ages, and will provide age-appropriate books for babies through teens; however, we are trying to make the most impact possible on grade-level reading proficiency, especially in the lower grades. We encourage libraries to focus the bulk of outreach efforts on families with preschool and elementary-age children.

Libraries that wish to participate in this program must apply by March 21 and agree to the following terms:

  1. Contact with parents and caregivers must be face-to-face by either public library or school staff (materials are not simply dropped off at the school). Examples of contact points could be parent-teacher conferences, end-of-school events that include parents, PTO/PTA meetings, etc.
  2. Libraries that share boundaries with the same schools should communicate with one another before applying in order to avoid duplication. A chart of applicants and the schools they've listed can be found at:
  3. Track the number of outreach events and number of parents/caregivers at each event for Summer Reading Report. Consider using this DATA TRACKING SHEET (tab 2).
  4. The library must formally evaluate its summer reading program. See for sample surveys and more about formal evaluation.

Apply for Parent Outreach by March 21.

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.

More summer reading resources...

Return to the main summer reading page.

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.