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Building a... Better? Summer Reading

Oregon Library Support and Development Services Focus Institute, September 27, 2016.

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Building a... Better? Summer Reading

  1. 1. BUILDING A…BETTER? SUMMER READING S Bryce Kozla Focus Institute September 27, 2016
  2. 2. PINTEREST http://bit.ly/ORSRP17
  3. 3. SUMMER READING LOGS Los Alamos County Library System (NM) La Crosse Public Library (WI) Gretna Public Library (NE)
  4. 4. • Less stress for staff • Visual representation of participation • Few complaints about the lack of tchotchkes
  5. 5. LPL’S SUMMER READING GAME Benefits: -choice and autonomy for kids -suggestions give kids new ideas for reading and playing -encouraged family involvement -they could do everything at the library! -easier on staff
  6. 6. ACTIVITY TIME! Make a game card Possible activity ideas: -Read 93 separate squares) -Write/Draw (+Doodle) -Play/Do (+Build) -Find It Out -Library Program
  7. 7. SUMMER READING PROMOTION  Meet them where they are  Get them to come to the library (this is POWERFUL stuff!)
  8. 8. HOW TO GET TO THE KIDS?  Teacher buy-in:  Ask for 15 min at each grade level TOPS  Ask for three dates/times, make one of them work  If possible communicate through the LMC
  9. 9. 15 MIN PITCH: SOME THINGS TO TRY  Talk TO the kids: no 4th wall  BRAIN DRAIN: The library can solve it!  2-3 things you want them to do: repeat them and make THE KIDS repeat them
  10. 10. ACTIVITY: YOUR PITCH (10 MIN)  What problem does your Summer Reading Program solve for kids?  What 2-3 things do you want them to remember?  What else could you say about the library to pump them up?
  11. 11. NOW YOU’VE DONE IT. THEY’RE COMING FOR YOU.
  12. 12. SOUNDS LIKE WE NEED SOME
  13. 13. HERE IS THE BOAT AT LA CROSSE PUBLIC LIBRARY. • 23 year old memorial •Steel sides •Reward for “being caught reading” on it The goal was to get kids to read on the Boat. Why weren’t we successful?
  14. 14. REWARDING FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOR  Everyone likes being rewarded, right? …is it a chore?
  15. 15.  Children weren’t reading….  They were WAITING to “GET CAUGHT” (when they didn’t fast enough?)
  16. 16. You can’t assume anyone To know anything You didn’t teach them yourself. --kind of a mix between Bruner and Vygotsky
  17. 17. THE QUESTION: How do we set the kids up for success? 1. Rename the Boat. 2. Make clear rules. THE ANSWER:
  18. 18. How do we make non-arbitrary rules?
  19. 19. MANAGING THE SPACE: ADULTS
  20. 20. MANAGING SPACE: CHILDREN
  21. 21. ONE ESSENTIAL PART OF RULES: How EXACTLY a child can meet your expectations (AS SOON AS they meet them, say thanks)
  22. 22. 1. Empower children to use the library effectively 2. Create a welcoming environment for kids 3. Ensure more positive interactions for you SETTING CLEAR EXPECTATIONS WILL:
  23. 23. SETTING UP YOUR SPACE FOR SUCCESS  Take a look around and ask yourself the following questions: 1. Entering the Children’s area, what do I want a child to gravitate toward?  MAKE THIS SHINY 2. Looking around the Children’s area, is there anything a child could do to destroy something completely irreplaceable?  REMOVE THIS THING
  24. 24. SETTING YOUR SPACE UP FOR SUCCESS
  25. 25. CHECK OUT CLUBS
  26. 26. STORY ACTION POD Crowd-sourced displays Your personal amusement
  27. 27. IN-ROOM DIY SCAVENGER HUNT
  28. 28. …WHEREVER THERE’S ROOM!
  29. 29. DISPLAYS AS PASSIVE PROGRAMMING
  30. 30. BOOK BUNDLES
  31. 31. SRP DECORATING PARTY!
  32. 32. Contact me! S Bryce Kozla brycek@wccls.org http://brycedontplay.blogspot.com/ Pinterest page: http://bit.ly/ORSRP17

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