“Adventure Awaits – Reading Takes You Anywhere!”
Official Week – November 10-16
Registration opens on September 15th
The primary purposes of the Idaho Family Reading Week program are:
- To emphasize the importance of daily family reading time and its support of early childhood literacy.
- To connect families/caregivers of young children with the early literacy resources their local public library and school library has available to help them prepare their child for school success.
- To help every family/caregiver obtain a public library card and visit a public and/or school library.
By applying for the Idaho Family Reading Week program, the library agrees to:
- host at least 1 family reading event by November 30, 2019 (event does NOT have to be Nov 10-16 only);
- promote library programming/resources and library cards/library access for all families;
- submit a summary event report including numbers served, narrative responses and program/resource feedback by December 15, 2019
Basic Program Information for 2019:
- We have the capacity to serve 100 Idaho libraries. Public and school libraries may register for this program. School libraries are encouraged to partner with an applying public library and submit one registration form for a joint event. If the local public library cannot partner, the school library may apply on their own. We want to serve as many children/families as possible so we encourage community collaboration and discourage duplicate requests.
- Program Registration: approx. September 15th – October 15th (based on a first-come, first served protocol)
- Libraries who register will receive: Access to the marketing collateral and activity templates developed by ICfL for this year’s theme, 5 hardcover books for your library, paperback books to give to participating families (limits will apply).
- Libraries who are unable to register before we reach our maximum capacity of 100 libraries: You can still offer the program with the help of our free, downloadable marketing collateral and activity templates. You may also consider if your event meets the requirements of the “Outreach for Underserved Children” program, found here.
- Aug 15: Idaho FRW website updated with the new art, themed activities and resource info
- Sept 1: Idaho FRW info/registration postcard mailed to every public library and elementary school library in Idaho
- Sept 15: Idaho FRW Registration opens! (closes when registration hits 100 libraries)
- Oct 1 – Oct 15: Requested books and resources mailed out to participating libraries. Libraries who do not register before we hit capacity can use all program art, activity templates and other resources listed on the FRW website.
- November: Idaho FRW events held – any day in November or during week of Nov 10-16 (the official week of FRW)
- December 15: Idaho FRW event summary reports due to ICfL for all participating libraries
Download and utilize themed artwork designed by ICfL to promote your Idaho Family Reading Week event. Posters and letterhead templates have room for library customization. This year, we’ve included spot art, pieces of the themed artwork, enabling libraries to create a custom promotional piece or activity with this year’s theme. Check it out!
Posters/Flyers (customizable Word docs):
- 8.5 x 11 Event Poster (color)
- 8.5 x 11 Event Poster (b/w)
- 11 x 17 Event Poster
- 1/2 pg. Event Flyer
- 1/4 pg. Event Flyer
Sample Idaho Family Reading Week Proclamation (to share with your local media)
Sample Idaho Family Reading Week Press Release (customizable for your library)
Spot art (create your own promotional material with these pieces of the theme art):
Includes: kids flying on a book, the theme and slogan text, the Colosseum, a dinosaur, Easter Island Monoliths, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, a lion, ancient pyramids, the Statue of Liberty, Stonehenge, and a submarine.
STEM Programming Ideas: Mapping, Geography and Cardboard Challenge Activities
Places I Would Go Coloring Pages – use these as an activity station:
Includes: a castle scene, coral Reef scene, Delicate Arch, Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canyon, the Great Sphinx of ancient Egypt, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Mount Rushmore, a mountain scene, a solar system scene, the Statue of Liberty, Stonehenge and the Taj Mahal.
Around the World Trivia Activity Sheets – use these as an activity station – trivia sheets can be customized and used as single-sided or double-sided sheet:
Button-Making Activity Templates – use this as an activity station – have the kids select their favorite button artwork, color it and create their own button – customize the button templates to fit the button supplies you already have and change out the pictures if you like:
- “My Big Button Adventure” (2.25 button template)
- “Places I Would Go Button Adventure” (2.25 button template)
Themed Recommended Reading List– by age group (use this info to create your own bookmarks, edit template above, or send home as a parent flyer)
(Blank Bookmark Template – customize for your program)
Five Early Literacy Skills handouts – library can download/print themselves or order from ICfL via “Support Materials Order Form”:
- Ready to Read Bingo Card (English) and Ready To Read Bingo (Spanish)
- Ready to Read Activities Handout (English) and Ready to Read Activities Handout (Spanish)
Talking is Teaching handouts – a national literacy information campaign:
- Talking is Teaching Literacy Tips for Families (English) and Talking is Teaching Literacy Tips for Families (Spanish)
- Talking is Teaching – Wash Time is Talk Time Handout (Eng/Sp)
Fostering Readers website – “Helping you plan fun, research-based literacy activities for children in K-3rd grade”
Check out all the great resources and ideas at: https://fosteringreaders.weebly.com
Event planning tips and ideas for a successful Idaho Family Reading Week event:
- Tips and ideas for involving your board, staff and volunteers
- Tips and ideas for motivating families to attend your event
- Tips and ideas for successful school programs
- Tips and ideas for public-school library collaboration
- Sample Idaho Family Reading Week Proclamation
- Sample Idaho Family Reading Week Press Release (customize for your library)
(Also check out the list of event activities Idaho libraries offered in 2018 for the “Find It at the Library” theme, provided below.)
This year’s themed book titles:
(for library staff)
Looking for great program ideas and activities?
- Family Reading Week 2018: Find it at Your Library Content
- Family Reading Week 2017: Tell me a Tale at your library Content
- Family Reading Week 2016: Laugh it Up! at your library Content
- Family Reading Week 2015: Curl Up with a Good Classic Content.
- Family Reading Week 2014: Building a Community of Readers Content.
- Family Reading Week 2013: Imagine the Fun at your library Content.
- Family Reading Week 2012: Snuggle Up and Read!View Family Reading events from all over Idaho here. View CD Contents here.
- Family Reading Week 2011: Let the Games BeginView Family Reading events from all over Idaho here and CD Contents here.
- Family Reading Week 2010: Join the Curious Crowd – Read Aloud
Book lists of great read-alouds, ideas for “curious” activities, and other incredible programming ideas and resources.
- Family Reading Week 2009 (PDF): Idaho is WILD about Reading!
Find wonderful programming ideas and activities related to nature and the outdoors in this archive.
Questions? Contact Read To Me Project Coordinator, Kristina Taylor