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Summer Reading Program: Webinars and Supply Order Update

2018 January 29
by Bethany Wilson

Summer Reading is just around the corner and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some resources with you to help you begin preparing your program. As you all know, that Summer Reading manual is a beast and can be a bit overwhelming! Where do you even begin? The following webinars were provided by Collaborative Summer Library Program and feature Amanda Struckmeyer, the Children’s and Early Literacy manual editor.

In the Children’s webinar (school age-12 years), Amanda breaks down the manual by explaining how to use the sections on planning, incentives, and promotion. She then goes through the chapters related to programming and explains a few of the programs in detail to include how they can be scaled up or down to serve different age groups.

The Early Literacy webinar (babies, toddlers, preschool) explains the importance of early literacy and the parent/caregiver as first teacher. Amanda provides information on how to structure your program, inclusion considerations and ideas for marketing. She explains that programming for early literacy is based on five components: read, talk, sing, play, and write. Amanda gives examples of programming based on these five components for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in the webinar.

Access the webinars here:

In addition to the Collaborative Summer Library Program resources provided above, Merri Monks, the Youth Service Consultant from the State Library of Iowa was kind enough to share additional resources with us here in Texas! Please follow the link below to find her webinars detailing the 2018 Early Literacy, Children’s, Adult, and Teen programs.

Summer Reading materials orders are on the move! If you ordered free materials through the form located on Texas State Library & Archives Commission website in November 2017, your materials are on the way. If you find errors with your order, please email me and let me know about it so I can begin working with DEMCO to correct the issue and get you the supplies you need.

If you missed the opportunity to order free materials through the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, you still have time to order and pay for materials through the CSLP website here:  Orders placed by March 1, 2018 should be delivered in early May 2018.



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