2013 Kentucky Summer Reading Program - Dig Into Reading
Readers of all ages will explore the wonders under our feet—buried treasure, evidence of ancient civilizations, insects, dinosaur bones, gardening, and more.
Local public libraries have planned programs to keep children reading and learning all summer. Whether counting the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they have read this summer, children who join the summer reading program at their public library keep their brains active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.
Kentucky librarians participating in the Dig Into Reading program can find information from the Collaborative Summer Library Program here: http://www.cslpreads.org/. You must register to use all of the resources on the site.
Fueling the Mind
This summer 16 Kentucky public libraries are participating in the Preventing Summer Reading Loss: Fueling the Mind program, a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) and the Kentucky Department of Education. The Fueling the Mind program addresses two very urgent needs in Kentucky: child hunger and the summer learning slide. Over one in four of Kentucky children live in poverty. These children stand to lose a lot during the summer months away from school. During the summer they lose access to Free or Reduced School Food programs. At the same time children living in poverty typically lose up to 3 months of reading skills progress over the summer months.
Through the Fueling the Mind grant funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and administered by KDLA, public libraries that serve as feeding sites or provide outreach programs to feeding sites in the Summer Feeding Program are encouraged to expand and extend their Summer Reading Programs. Children who attend the free feeding sites are enrolled in their public library’s Summer Reading Program, receive incentives for reading over the summer, and attend fun and educational enrichment programs.
Kentucky libraries participating in the Feeding the Mind program are building community gardens, taking meals and programming into communities via bookmobile, visiting schools and day camps, and providing outreach to homeless children.
You can learn more about your public library’s participation in the Fueling the Mind program and obtain schedules of programs and feeding times by contacting one of the following participating libraries:
We Dig Summer Reading Sweepstakes
The Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT), the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives (KDLA) have joined forces to present We Dig Summer Reading and Saving for College. Encouraging children to read during the summer, We Dig Summer Reading gives kids a chance to benefit from a $1,000 KESPT account on behalf of their loved ones, plus $500 for the winner's library.
Kentucky parents, grandparents and guardians who are at least 18 years of age may enter on behalf of their child (age 18 or younger) who has enrolled in a Kentucky public library summer reading program. Eight entrants will be selected, one from each of the Kentucky library districts.
Sign up for summer reading at your participating local library and complete a We Dig Summer Reading entry form, available from your local library. One entry per child, please.
For more information visit: https://www.kysaves.com/news/reading.shtml
Order Your Materials for the 2013 Summer Reading Sweepstakes
Every summer KDLA, Kentucky Public Libraries, and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority team up to help eight children from across the state win a $1000 Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust to put toward their college education. There will be one winner from each KY library region. All they have to do to be eligible is sign up for their public library’s Summer Reading Program and send in an entry form. And the public libraries that sign up the winners win $500 each for their library. All you have to do is offer entry forms to children who sign up for your Summer Reading Program.
This form allows you to order your entry forms and materials to promote the sweepstakes. It is all free to public libraries—materials, shipping—all free.
To order your materials fill out the order form and send it to Kathleen Griffin at KGriffin@tiaa-cref.org by March 15, 2013.
February 2013 Summer Reading Conference, Cave City, Kentucky
This summer readers of all ages across the Commonwealth will explore the wonders under our feet—buried treasure, evidence of ancient civilizations, insects, dinosaur bones, gardening, and more.
Local public libraries are planning programs to keep children reading and learning all summer. Whether counting the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they have read this summer, children who join the summer reading program at their public library keep their brains active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.
On February 7-8, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives held Kentucky’s first Summer Reading Conference in Cave City, Kentucky, home of our own underground wonder, Mammoth Cave. In the past, the Summer Reading Workshops typically provided one day of training and had a set program for everyone to attend. The new conference format offered 48 sessions over 2 days covering programming for all ages, including adults. Partners like Mammoth Cave, Western Kentucky University, and Kentucky Down Under stepped in to offer training and free cave tours. To top it off, attendees had the opportunity to tour the interactive, traveling exhibit from ALA, “Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference” and learn about STEM programming for all ages at the nearby Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library in nearby Glasgow, Ky.
By offering 5-7 sessions at a time, librarians were able to choose the sessions that best suited their needs. One librarian stated, “I really enjoyed attending the 2013 Summer Reading Conference, and have lots of new ideas to implement for our library's Summer Reading Program. It was a unique experience to have the cave tour in conjunction with the conference!” Another indicated, “This was my first Summer Reading Conference. I learned a lot that I could incorporate into my Bookmobile program. I am excited for summer to get here, so I can use a lot of the ideas that I got from this conference. I thank you.”
Starting in 2013 the Summer Reading Conference will be moving to the fall. KDLA staff is already hard at work preparing for another exciting conference.
Conference Handouts and PowerPoint Presentations
2013 Teen Summer Reading Video Challenge—Beneath the Surface
Teens across Kentucky were invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2013 teen slogan “Beneath the Surface” in combination with reading and libraries. This was an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience. The winning video was named one of the CSLP 2013 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide.
The winner of this year’s Summer Reading Teen Video Challenge for Kentucky was the LaRue County Public Library. You can watch the winning video and the winners from other states at http://www.cslpreads.org/programs/young-adult-program/teen-video-challenge/2013-teen-video-winners.html.
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and Kentucky Department of Education Collaboration
The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) are collaborating to promote summer reading to Kentucky students by helping librarians accurately choose books based on a child's reading ability. Choosing the right book for a child's reading level can be a challenge, but libraries that participate in the Summer Reading Program can get information and training that makes selecting a book easier with the Lexile Framework for Reading, a new measurement system adopted by KDE in 2010.
The Lexile Framework is a resource for accurately matching readers with text. Lexile measures allow teachers, librarians and parents to find books that will challenge a child's reading ability, while still maintaining interest and learning. A Lexile measure can range from below 200L for beginning readers and beginning-reading text to above 1700L for advanced readers and text. A Lexile text measure is based on two strong predictors of how difficult a book is to comprehend: word frequency and sentence length.
As parents select books for their children to read for the Summer Reading Program, librarians can assist in helping them find appropriate books by looking up a book's Lexile measure. Lexile measure data is available on NoveList as well as the new website,
Find a Book Kentucky.
"Find a Book" Mobile App Now Available
“Find a Book” is the ultimate book search tool for educators, parents, librarians and students to download on their Android mobile phone. Brought to you by MetaMetrics, the developer of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading, “Find a Book” Mobile Beta allows you to search for books based on reading ability (Lexile level), personal interests, keywords and more.
Download the app here:
This project was funded in part by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services.