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.

*For 2016 only: Libraries can also visit junior highs

Nuts and Bolts:

The ICfL will provide branded educational materials for each student that informs parents and caregivers of the importance of maintaining a consistent reading routine over the summer. For 2016, privately-funded drawstring backpacks will be provided.*

  • Classroom visits, assemblies, school family events, and field trips to the public library are all considered "school visits."
  • For 2016 only: Junior high schools can qualify, due to special funding
  • Preschools, daycares, Head Start and other community programs do not qualify for this outreach option. 
  • There is no limit to the number of schools with which the library may visit.
  • For 2016 only: Public libraries and community 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 31 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 31. (application opens November 1.) 

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.

*A very special thank you is extended to the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation for providing branded backpacks in 2016. Please consider sending a note of appreciation to
Blossom Johnston, Program Officer
J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation
501 Baybrook Court
Boise, ID 83706

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.