Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May Is Summer Library Program Launch Month

Children's Theme Artwork
Children's Theme Artwork
For public libraries that host a summer library program, May is often a busy month of finalizing details, organizing materials, and conducting outreach visits. These visits, often in the form of elementary classroom appearances or informative skits to group audiences, help build excitement for summer programming. They are also usually the first of many high-energy summer events produced by youth services staff.

Teen Theme Artwork
Teen Theme Artwork
Summer library, or summer reading, programs have a long history in Wisconsin. Check out Evolution of a Summer Library Program white paper by Carissa Christner to learn about past themes and artwork as well as collaborative efforts in Wisconsin and nationally. Today, Wisconsin participates in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).  CSLP is a consortium of states working together to provide a unified summer reading theme along with professional art and evidence-based materials so that member libraries can provide high-quality summer reading programs at the lowest possible cost and to play a significant role in literacy initiatives. 

Adult Theme Artwork
Adult Theme Artwork
Using LSTA funds, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction purchases a statewide membership so that all Wisconsin public libraries can access CSLP materials for the annual program. The all-ages theme for 2017 is "Build a Better World." Artwork and future themes and slogans can be found on the Wisconsin Summer Reading Program webpage. The BadgerLink Team created a suite of ready-to-go activities for kids, teens, and adults using BadgerLink resources. Additionally, there are two Top Ten documents to help library staff and families make the most of summer reading programs. 

Best of luck to all Wisconsin public libraries who are working hard to Build a Better World!

Written by:

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team