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.
- 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
Themed artwork for event promotion:
- Facebook banners
- Website banners
- Bookmark template
- FRW Proclamation (to share with your local media)
- ICfL Press Release (customizable for your library)
- Spot art (create your own promotional material with these pieces of the theme art)
Themed activity templates:
- Baby/Toddler Storytime
- Preschool Storytime
- School Age Storytime
- Choose Your Own Adventure Story Creation template
- “Places I Would Go” cricut, button maker and coloring page templates
- World Trivia activity template
- Recommended Reading lists – by age group (use on on our bookmark template or as a parent flyer)
- FRW sticker template – many uses for your event
Additional Program Ideas/Resources:
- Green Screen/Armchair Travel activity tips
- Other Program Ideas
- Five Early Literacy Skills handouts (Bingo Card & Parent Handout) – for library to print
Idaho Family Reading Week Summary Report information coming soon!
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