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Summer Reading

Join our panelists to learn all about the volunteer-sourced program, supported by KDLA, that provides free summer reading incentives promoting state parks and other Kentucky attractions. 

You will learn:

  • how to access free digital coupons 
  • best practices for planning and printing materials
  • innovative ideas for distributions
  • how to handle feedback from patrons
  • how to get involved in the planning committee

Presenters: Juliana Gaddis, Jessamine County Public Library; Rachel Staub, Jessamine County Public Library; Linda Bartley, McCracken County Public Library

4/24/2018 | 1 hour | KPLA Summer Reading Coupon Committee (PDF)
Please join the Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives as we highlight some of the most successful summer reading and learning programs in libraries across Kentucky! During the “super-sized” 90-minute webinar, you will have the chance to hear from 5 colleagues discuss their favorite innovative summer program twists: * Amanda Wheeler, Lincoln Co., Migrant Community & 21st Century Program Outreach * Amanda Neace, Trimble Co., Increasing Teen Programs with Grant Funded Support * Danielle Anguish, Henderson Co., Summer Reading in the Parks * Tessa Fugate, Letcher Co., Including Adults in your library’s Summer Program * Suzanne Banta, Henry Co., Re-Imagining Summer Reading & Celebrating Community Pride.
For too many children and teens, summer is a time of hunger and learning loss. You can’t be ready and able to read and learn unless your basic needs are being met, and not wondering where the next meal is coming from. Libraries are the perfect environment to combat childhood hunger and obesity while preventing summer learning loss by offering free, healthy lunch to kids. Bridging the gap when school is not in session, is a coalition or state agencies, food banks, and community organizations – “No Kid Hungry KY” – with more than 1,000 sites in Kentucky provide almost 2 million breakfasts, lunches and snacks to Kentucky children annually through the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP), a program of the United States Department of Agriculture. Join experts from the Kentucky Department of Education and fellow Kentucky public libraries, to learn about various options for getting your library involved, from being a SFSP site to a mobile programming support partner. Even if you’ve been offering summer lunches for years, you’ll come away reinvigorated and ready to plan.
Bridging the gap when school is not in session, more than 1,000 sites in Kentucky provide almost 2 million breakfasts, lunches and snacks to Kentucky children annually through the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP). Join Cathy Gallagher, SFSP Selector from the Kentucky Department of Education, and Krista King-Oaks, KDLA Youth Services Consultant, and Lise Tewes from the Kenton County Public Library, to learn about various options for getting your library involved, from being a SFSP site to a programming partner. *KDLA’s Fueling the Mind summer feeding grant will not be offered in 2016.
2/1/2016 | 1 hour
Summer Reading at the Henry County Public Library became Summer Learning in 2017 and has expanded to include writing, science, math, engineering, art, and more to combat summer slide. Participants in our program complete special activities to earn badges like the Storyteller and Henry County Hero. In this session, Suzanne and Tess will talk about the journey to begin this program, currently in its second year, share the how’s and why’s of the program structure, and discuss the many successes and a few failures. Presented by Suzanne Banta & Tess Valentine – Henry County Public Library.
1/31/2019 | 1 hour | Slides
Wondering how to initiate a partnership with your local school system? Join Bookie Wilson, Assistant Youth Services Librarian at the Woodford County Library, as she shares tips and suggestions to initiate or grow a successful collaboration with your schools and school system. Presented by Bookie Wilson, Youth Services Librarian, Woodford County Public Library.
1/30/2019 | 1 hour | Slides
In a county of 17,000, the library had between 300 and 400 children participate in their latest summer reading program. Join the presenters to learn how to run a successful summer reading program on a budget in a rural county, and how it can be adapted to fit other communities and demographics. No fear, as summer reading topics from start to finish will be discussed including strategic planning, scheduling staff and programs, tracking statistics, marketing and promotion, as well as bookmobile and outreach partnerships. 
Presented by Holly Daugherty, Youth Services Librarian, and Rhonda Kendziorski, Bookmobile Librarian, McCreary County Public Library.
1/23/2019 | 1 hour | Summer Reading in a Rural County (PDF)
Boone County Public Library's partnership with area schools to support summer reading has grown and changed over the past two years. How do you get the schools on board, build a One Book, One Summer program, or even become an AR testing site? How do you measure success? Hear what we tried, what worked, where we are going, and share some of your own experiences. *This session is a repeat from SPOKcon2015.* (Technical issues caused the sound to cut out near the end of the live webinar.)
2/4/2016 | 1 hour
Struggling to make contact with your school librarian peers? Looking for new ideas to take your summer reading partnership to the next level? Join KDLA Youth Services Consultant, Krista King-Oaks, and colleague Kathy Mansfield, Kentucky Department of Education School Library Consultant, to dispel myths around lexiles, summer reading lists, and more, and learn what a day in the life of a school librarian really looks like.
1/31/2017 | 1 hour | Summer Reading Partnership 2017 (PDF)


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