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Collaborative Summer Library Program

Additional resources to support your programming

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Leah Langby

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Like everything in libraries, the summer library program is something that needs to be tailored to the community your library is in, as well as the capacity of staff and budget. Each library will have a unique approach. Here are some tools and resources.

Collaborative Summer Library Program

Wisconsin is a part of this multi-state project and gives you access to a jam-packed planning manual (made possible with funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.) The 2024 theme is Adventure Begins at Your Library. The manuals, featuring illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal, include illustrations, promotional materials and ideas, program ideas for all ages, booklists and more.

Upcoming themes: 2025 is Color Our World  and will focus on art, with illustrations by Brian Floca.

Other Resources

Here are a list of resources to support developing excellent summer library programming.