Cindy Crushes Programming: Read Off the Beaten Path at the White Oak Library District
This year at the White Oak Library District we are excited to start summer reading early. We have made our summer reading program our Centennial Reading Program. The White Oak Library District was created in 1922 and this is the 100th anniversary of the library. We are using the basis of the IREAD theme this year while adding special elements to commemorate our hundredth year. We started our Summer Reading Program on Monday, May 2nd and it will go on until June 30th. This is so we have plenty of time to get ready for our library convention, Comicopolis. Summer reading is the busiest time of year for most libraries, and that is certainly true for us.
Our head of marketing Kiya Morrison made us a beautiful log. This year teens will complete 6 hours of reading to receive their completion prize, which is a book and a ticket for a chance to win one of our big prizes. We are giving away two $50 gift cards of their choice and a really cool book bag stuffed with school supplies.
Last year we started a badge system for our summer reading program. We will be doing that again. This year we use mostly the premade summer reading badges created by IREAD.
This year our badges include:
- 2 hour reading Badge
- 4 hours reading badge
- Completion Badge
- Birthday Badge
- 18 hours Reading Badge
- 100 hours reading badge (This is using the White Oak Library District’s Hundredth anniversary logo)
- Volunteer Badges
- Read to Me Badge (For reading to dogs)
- Craft Badge
- 2 Programming Badges
We will be having a wide variety of fun programs for teens this year as well that teens can earn badges for. For example, we have a Percy Jackson after hours this summer and we are going to make Sun and Stars Crowns. We are also excited to have a lot of fun Take and Makes at all of our branches.
How is your Summer Reading Program looking this year? How are you handling the continued pandemic and summer reading this year? What theme is for your summer reading program?
About Cindy Shutts
Cindy Shutts is the Teen Services Librarian at the White Oak Library District in IL and she talks programming every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. You can follow her on Twitter at @cindysku.
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