Summer Library Programs
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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.
- Link to the CSLP home page
- Link to the CSLP manual download page–submit a HelpDesk Ticket or conatact Leah for the code you’ll need to access the manuals
Upcoming themes: 2025 is Color Our World and will focus on art, with illustrations by Brian Floca.
Here are a list of resources to support developing excellent summer library programming.
- Beanstack. an online platform for building reading challenges for all ages. Beanstack is available to all public and school libraries in Wisconsin, funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with money from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, If your library is not already set up with Beanstack and you are interested in learning more, contact Leah!
- Programming Kits or any kits that promote collaboration and/or kindness. On this page we’ve share a selection of kits we curated that fit well with the All Together Now theme.
- Doing Good Together is a website chock-full of meaningful family-oriented volunteer projects and suggestions for hosting a Service Fair.
- Learning Beyond: 21st Century Summer and Out of School Time Programs for Youth (Association for Library Service to Children) is a 35-page resource with suggestions about designing and evaluating programs, creating partnerships, and lots of great case studies.
- The IFLS Civic Labs resource has lots of ideas for creating healthy and respectful dialogue opportunities at your library.