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Summer Reading Program 2017 Survey Results

2017 October 25
by Bethany Wilson

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The results of the 2017 Summer Reading Program are IN and it sounds like you all had a fantastic time with the program this year! I was extremely grateful for all the wonderful feedback everyone provided about the program and wanted to share some of it with you.

In terms of the program overall, it sounds like many libraries saw an increase in foot traffic this summer as 43% of you reported your participation numbers for the Summer Reading Program had increased! You’ve found innovative ways to track reading and encourage participation with all age groups. Here are a few things I noticed:

  • Several of you have shared that hosting programs outside the library appealed to your community members.
  • Many of you created new community partnerships for programming.
  • Teen participation was on the rise for several of you as you found out teen service projects were a hit as well as involving teens in the planning and execution of Summer Reading events for children.

Seeing phrases like, “overwhelming success”, “full to bursting”, and “community support” were encouraging and a tribute to the hard work you put in this year to make your programs a wild success!

There seemed to be a lot of love out there for the CSLP theme this year. I appreciated your comments about the CSLP materials and will definitely be taking this information to the CSLP meeting to share with the group in April. Your comments about the materials revolved primarily around the artwork and I took lots of notes on what you’d like me to report to CSLP on your needs.

  • You have asked for artwork that is bold, vibrant, and colorful with a simplified design using modern and eye-catching graphics
  • You have requested various shapes, sizes, and types of artwork
  • You need blank space on the posters for library information
  • PDFs that you can edit would save you tons of time
  • More activities, craft ideas and puppet plays would be appreciated

I was super excited to read about all the new things you are trying in your libraries in an effort to engage your community. You’ve found new ways to encourage reading from creating program milestones to providing ways to “level up”. You are reaching out to your community and creating partnerships that allow for programming that your audiences find interactive and challenging. You are actively seeking new and innovative ways to interest teens and adults in the Summer Reading Program.

I couldn’t be happier to serve such a determined, creative, hard driving bunch of librarians and I look forward to seeing what we can do together in 2018. Please let me know if you have any questions about the survey results or if there is anything I can do to help you as you prepare for 2018.

Don’t forget to order your free CSLP materials by November 15th, 2017! The order form is here: .


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