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Question: Have you started giving any thought to your teen summer reading program for next summer? I am looking for ideas on ways to increase participation and excitement about the program.
Jenni (South San Francisco Public Library) says:
The only way we see decent participation is by involving our teens as volunteers. The schools here have a community service graduation requirement, so teens volunteer in order to fulfill their hours, and this way we get them to help with summer programming. When we offer programming just for the sake of programming, they don’t come because they’re too busy, but if they can tie it to a school requirement, they’ll come.
Kim (Hudson Library & Historical Society) says:
Even though I’m not nearly in the mindset for SRC, we have started planning for it. Things that have worked in the past for us as far as increasing participation is to host series programming on the same day of the week/time and market them as “camps” (crafting camps, tech camps, etc.). The regularity of the schedule helps teens to remember to attend! We also host at least one large party-type program to increase our participation. We’ve done the National Teen Lock-In, fandom programs, and an annual teen mini anime con that is always well-attended.
Sarah A. (Warren-Trumbull County Public Library) says:
We adjusted our summer reading last summer to be more about learning, and so gave points for both reading and learning experiences. The TAB came up with the experiences, and they included things like nature hikes, bike rides, event attendance, museum visits, play & concert attendance, book reviews, volunteering, and other stuff.
a. As for next summer with the sports & gaming theme, we’re going to be doing Quidditch and starting a library Let’s Play channel on Youtube.
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