Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer Reading

A couple of Tuesday nights ago Texas Librarian Chat (#txlchat) was chatting about summer reading.  I didn't get to join but later I tried to scroll though the tweets.  I was only able to go back so far on my iPhone so I went to the weebly.  But the chats not up yet.  No big deal though!  Just scrolling through the few tweets I could on my phone I got a good idea.

Some one tweeted they were adding a tab to their library website with some companies who do summer reading programs.  I thought this was a great idea!  I emailed our elementary lead librarian.  She thought it was a good idea too.  So I created the following Symbaloo page:

Each of the six elementary librarians should be adding it to their websites too.  This is another way to encourage our students to read over the summer.  I posted a link to my library website on our campus Facebook page.  I'll add reminders through out the summer too.

In addition to this I'm keeping the library open three Mondays during June.  I'll do a story time and an activity.  Students and parents will be able to check out books, play board games, do puzzles, play on the LEGO, use the computers, etc.

I'm sending a flyer home with the dates I'm open.  On the back I put a fun book bingo I found on Pinterest.

Do you have any ideas to keep students reading during the summer?  I'd love to hear them!


  1. What a great way to keep in touch during the summer. I wish parents would be a bit more aware of being sure their kids continued to read through the summer. Good luck!

  2. Keeping the library open during the summer is a great way to encourage summer reading. Check out "No More Summer Reading Loss" by Carrie Cahill and Kathy Horvath for some more ideas!

    1. I found the book on Amazon. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. I appreciate the efforts you describe here, Linsey, to build or maintain students' reading effort and interest through the summer. I'm wondering how else your library website (and teacher sites) might remotely contribute to this momentum beyond June...