SUMMER READING PROMOTION
Meet them where they are
Get them to come to the library
(this is POWERFUL stuff!)
HOW TO GET TO THE KIDS?
Ask for 15 min at each grade level TOPS
Ask for three dates/times, make one of
If possible communicate through the LMC
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
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
HERE’S THE THING:
need to tell them
what to do.
You can’t assume anyone
To know anything
You didn’t teach them
--kind of a mix between Bruner
ONE ESSENTIAL PART OF RULES:
How EXACTLY a child can meet
(AS SOON AS they meet them, say
WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE?
“No Running in the Library”
(What should I do instead?)
(What does that EVEN MEAN?)
YOU ARE THE AUTHORITY
Make your expectation clear
Mean what you say
Consequence: your disappointment
(as soon as they correct their behavior: THANK them)
SETTING CLEAR EXPECTATIONS WILL:
Empower children to use the
Create a welcoming environment
Ensure more positive
interactions for you
ACTIVITY: 15 MIN
There are two shiny envelopes per table.
Inside is a rule or correction phrase a librarian
might use with a kid patron.
Why is it problematic?
How would you phrase it differently?
SETTING UP YOUR SPACE FOR SUCCESS
Take a look around and ask yourself the following
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
REMOVE THIS THING