Summer Reading 2011 Outreach Presentation


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  • This year’s theme for Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading program is One World, Many Stories, which celebrates cultures around the world.
  • - Summer Reading at Brooklyn Public Library is a program that encourages and inspires reading for all ages, especially school age children and teens. - Reading is critical over the summer months to help kids maintain and improve their reading skills. Young people who do not read over the summer fall behind in school. This is our message for adults and teachers, but for children and teens our message is that books and the library are BIG FUN.
  • You will see our world travel themed art in the library and on buses, phone kiosks, and subway entrances throughout Brooklyn.
  • Summer Reading kicks off Thursday, June 9 All Brooklyn neighborhood libraries host an Open House 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Central Library hosts a kickoff event 10:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • You can fill out a paper form with the library or sign up online at
  • If you use a paper form, the library will use your name and birthday to create a username and password for you on Log in to to change your username and password.
  • The Summer Reading booklists recommend fun, high-interest books for all ages, but you can read whatever you like! The lists can be found in these lists or online.
  • Recommended books in Spanish for all ages and Large Print versions of the booklists are on
  • The library awards readers of all ages for signing up, attending programs, showing their reading log, and other activities.
  • Younger children birth to about age 9 will enjoy the activities in our passport game. Older children 10 and up will like the activities in the older Tweens and Teens passport game. (Let children 10-12 choose which game they’d like to play.) Complete the passport activities to enter the prize drawing.
  • Players advance by reading, attending programs and checking out items. The My Journey activities encourage exploration of other cultures using library materials. Children collect stickers.
  • On the older game, the activities are a bit cooler and more sophisticated, like watch a Bollywood movie to learn some new dance moves. Instead of stickers, tweens and teens can earn extra entries into the prize drawing for finishing a section.
  • Those who complete the passport game can enter to win a Sony Bloggie pocket video camera, donated by Willoughby’s Camera Emporium.
  • is where Summer Readers from all over the city share what they are reading and collect badges for library activities. creates communities of readers. We like to call it a “” for New Yorkers of all ages.
  • Like last year, you can create a customizable avatar…
  • …post what you are reading to your profile…
  • …earn virtual badges…
  • …post reviews and give the thumbs up to reviews you like.
  • You can also collect badge codes from library staff for attending programs, volunteering, and other library activities!
  • Librarians can also give a badge code in storytime, book discussions or movie programs to add multiple books or media to your log.
  • We are piloting special profile pages for schools. Participating schools will get their own admin login so they can tailor their own school profile, promote student participation, and message their students. They will get an easy-to-remember URL such as We are working towards helping schools see the connection between participation and higher reading levels.
  • At the end of the summer, students can print certificates, reading logs, and badges, and bring them to school to show their participation.
  • Set an example for the young people in your life by creating your own profile. Let them see you reading and talking about books.
  • All neighborhood libraries have a closing party in late August with performers, raffle prizes and certificates for all Summer Readers.
  • Join readers all over Brooklyn for a summer of great books and fun!
  • Brooklyn Public Library thanks the sponsors who made this year’s Summer Reading program possible. (Target is the lead sponsor of Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading 2011 program. Barclays/Nets Community Alliance, Astoria Federal Savings, National Grid Foundation and Con Edison have also provided generous sponsorship support. Additional funding is provided by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. In-kind support is provided by The Electric Company , Top Trumps and Willoughby’s Camera Emporium – Est.1898.)
  • Summer Reading 2011 Outreach Presentation

    1. 4. <ul><li>Summer Reading kicks off </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday, June 9 </li></ul><ul><li>All neighborhood libraries host an </li></ul><ul><li>Open House 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Central Library hosts a </li></ul><ul><li>kickoff event 10:30 – 4:00 p.m. </li></ul>
    2. 5. Two ways to sign up: <ul><li>Fill out a paper form or sign up online at </li></ul>
    3. 6. Registration forms in many languages are available by request
    4. 7. Sign Up today! The library will use your name and birthday to create a username for you on Madison Smith born January 1st would log in for the first time as madsmi0101 Everyone’s password is read . Log in to to change your username and password.
    5. 8. <ul><li>Librarians pick </li></ul><ul><li>the best summer reads! </li></ul>
    6. 9. Spanish and Large Print Booklists on
    7. 10. Giveaways
    8. 11. Passport Games Kids (Birth to age 9) Tweens and Teens
    9. 12. Passport game for birth – 9 years
    10. 13. Stickers for Children’s Passport
    11. 14. Passport for Tweens and Teens
    12. 15. End-of-Summer Prize Drawings <ul><li>All ages can enter. </li></ul>Sony Bloggie video cameras from <ul><li>Children and teens have entry forms on their Passport games. </li></ul><ul><li>Adults can get entry forms from staff during programs. </li></ul>
    13. 16.
    14. 17. Customizable avatar on
    15. 18. <ul><li>Personal Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Users can: </li></ul><ul><li>log books and media </li></ul><ul><li>review books and media </li></ul><ul><li>like reviews of others </li></ul>
    16. 19. Virtual Badges on
    17. 21. Virtual Badges on <ul><li>Library staff can award badges by giving you a code to enter on the site. </li></ul>Log in at   Enter badge code ____________________ You have won a virtual badge!
    18. 22. New Badge Type Librarians can also give a badge code in storytime, book discussions or movie programs to add multiple books or media to your log!
    19. 23. <ul><li>Special Profile Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Schools can: </li></ul><ul><li>get a school admin login </li></ul><ul><li>track student participation </li></ul><ul><li>message their students </li></ul><ul><li>get a URL such as </li></ul>
    20. 24. Printable Certificates of Participation Students can bring to school to show reading log and participation.
    21. 25. Summer Reading for Adults <ul><li>Adults can attend book discussions and other programs to enter the prize drawing. </li></ul><ul><li>Studies show that young people who see adults reading are more likely to read themselves. </li></ul>
    22. 26. <ul><li>End-of-Summer </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrations </li></ul>Celebrate your Summer Reading! All neighborhood libraries have a closing party in late August with performers, raffle prizes and certificates for all Summer Readers.
    23. 27. <ul><li>“ Join the Brooklyn Summer Readers!” </li></ul>