Bright Futures Summer Reading Opportunities: School Visits

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 Bright Futures School Visits is an OPT IN program. See an archived webinar about this program and other Bright Futures programs here.

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 Kindergarten - sixth grade (elementary school) students, public library staff

  • communicate the importance of maintaining a consistent reading routine over the summer months.
  • inform students, teachers and school staff, and parents about how to participate in the library's summer reading program.

Nuts and Bolts:

The ICfL will provide branded educational materials for each elementary student that informs parents and caregivers of the importance of maintaining a consistent reading routine over the summer. See 2015 handout.

  • Classroom visits, assemblies, school family events, and field trips to the public library are all considered "school visits."
  • Junior Highs, preschools, daycares, Head Start and other community programs do not qualify for this outreach option. 
  • There is no limit to the number of elementary schools with which the library may visit.
  • Only public libraries may apply.
  • Applicants will need to submit enrollment numbers for each school. Enrollment numbers for the current school year are uploaded to the State Department of Education site each February. You can find these numbers at:  (If applying before the current numbers are available use the previous year's numbers to estimate.)

Libraries that wish to participate in this program must apply by March 20 and agree to the following terms:

  1. Contact with school children must be face-to-face (materials are not simply dropped off at the school).
  2. Libraries that share boundaries with the same schools will 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 schools visited and number of children at each school visit for Summer Reading Report.
    Consider using this DATA TRACKING SHEET.
  4. The library must formally evaluate its summer reading program. See for sample surveys and more about formal evaluation.

Apply for School Visits by March 20. (application opens January 1.) Supplies are limited!

New for 2015: 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. 

 To track your school visits data for your Summer Reading Report see this Data Tracking Spreadsheet.

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.