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Make Summer Reading Fun Again - Shared screen with speaker view
Christina Carpino - Bristol
19:07
Back on my counting days high-horse: by not worrying about WHAT kids are reading and just encouraging them to read consistently, it makes it seem less like a school reading log and more like fun!
Laura - Farmington
19:07
I think a lot comes from the pressure from the schools and the parents to read from the lists.
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
19:29
I really don’t want it to be like school. It’s summer. It should be fun.
Jennifer Billingsley
19:29
Agreed!
Elizabeth B
19:39
Definitely agree!
Jennifer Billingsley
19:48
On all three points above me actually
Karen
19:57
AGREED!
Kate Fields
20:00
It does need to be fun! We are doing a game again.
Ericka Bajrami
20:06
One thing we've talked about is any incentives or programs that felt overwhelming to us should be reconsidered so we have things that are just as rewarding but keep everyone sane.
Mary-Jane - Bill Memorial Library
20:06
Yes!
Alexandra Klaus
20:12
it should be an opportunity to show off our libraries and services ! so of course fun!
Rebecca F - Ferguson
20:17
Lord yes
Cathy Potter
20:19
MONEY
Tracy Allen
20:24
I think just asking them to read everyday and not count minutes or books or pages. even if it’s the back of a cereal box. it’s reading
Elizabeth B
20:33
I try to encourage kids to even count reading recipes if they are baking or cooking!
Liz @ Ferguson
20:37
In one of the sessions yesterday Bina mentioned that her participation in summer reading has kind of flattened no matter what they do in terms of advertising, etc., that is kind of where we are at. We just keep doing more and hoping kids/families will come but its a lot of work
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
20:41
Logging reading is not particularly fun.
Alessandra @ Weston
20:45
Our schools want a print out of what they read over the summer as their first homework grade, even though they don't mandate summer reading. We want people to do our program, but also don't want them to have to record or compile two different things.
Martha B
20:54
Feels like all of the pressure ramped up when it became our job to address the summer slide
Kate Fields
21:00
Need teen volunteer to help with games and programs.
Kate McCarthy Bond
21:23
agreed Michelle. too much pressure from schools on kids to perform and when they are asked to do something that looks like school, when they’re out of school, creates stress for and pushback by, the kids
Christina Carpino - Bristol
21:25
It’s hard to find balance between what the schools want, what the community wants, meeting the needs for meals, providing “supervision” and still being a library focused on books.
Elizabeth B
21:26
yes, especially teens have sports
Alexandra Klaus
21:28
volunteer management makes things less fun...
Trumbull Librarian
21:45
I have a library category when kids complete missions - like download an ebook from overdrive, ask a staff member their favorite book, look up the call number for dinosaur books
Emily - Cromwell
22:06
I think one of our struggles is trying to figure out something that's fun, but also easy to manage/simple and not overcomplicated
Brienne Tripp
22:07
we are still using Waldo and the kids really enjoy the challenges. we have a weekly scavenger hunt challenge, a question, building challenges, picture challenges
Brienne Tripp
22:22
not Waldo but wandoo
Emily - Cromwell
22:36
We do that too! A sort of challenge list for them to try
Cathy Potter
23:01
Depends on the community-it’s still tough for families to fit the library especially if adults are working and kids are off at camp or stuck at home without a way to get to the library
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
23:13
I’ve seen libraries have participants drop a pom pom or some similar item into a big clear container for each book read. But when the schools or the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge insist on logging titles, they would end up doing both in order to participate in both programs.
Jennifer Billingsley
23:13
YES PLEASE
Kate Fields
24:04
We put a lot of summer activity suggestions on the back of the log sheets. Included slime, volcano, playdough recipes!
Alessandra @ Weston
24:07
We do missions as well- both through readsquared and as a paper log. The paper log is a bingo card, but we try to do fun things like take a pic of you reading outside. Draw a character from a story. They bring them in and we hang everything up on the wall and they get a stamp. Once they get 5 completed they get extra raffles
amy twing
24:09
yes pleasse sounds cool
Lauren Gledhill
24:34
I'd like to talk about mine!
Kymberlee Powe
24:45
OKay Lauren You're next
Emily - Cromwell
25:40
We do something similar, but I love the idea of them bringing in/sending in the pictures!
Coralie~Clinton
27:43
Can someone share the link to the libguide? Not seeing it.
Jennifer Billingsley
28:09
https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/children/summerreading
Trumbull Librarian
28:11
that program swap folder is awesome, thank you!
Kymberlee Powe
28:26
https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/children/summerreading
Coralie~Clinton
29:36
Thank you!
Alessandra @ Weston
31:17
When I worked in Danbury we did the lunch meals as well and we held that in a separate area of the library to make it less hectic for those regulars who were there for programs
Ericka Bajrami
33:35
We love interacting with all of the extra patrons we see over the summer, so the trick is trying to plan summer and fall as early as possible since our planning time is limited during the summer vacation weeks.
Alessandra @ Weston
33:53
Can you do a program in conjunction with the lunch program to try to separate and keep chaos under control?
Dayl Meninsky @ Eli Whitney Tech
34:50
can you swap how you use the space during the summer?
Sarah Boyd
35:13
do you have an outdoor space you could use?
Ericka Bajrami
35:32
When we did it in Plainville we asked that they stay in the room. We couldn't force them to stay, but most followed the directive.
Kymberlee Powe
35:41
Yes Linda I see you, you cab be next
Kymberlee Powe
36:08
*can
Jennifer Billingsley
36:19
If you are doing it all in one area, maybe a movie screening after lunch on some days would help create a transition.
Christina Carpino - Bristol
36:42
Gotcha - almost everyone coming into the library during lunch time do eat lunch. Even our regulars. But that’s great idea to structure stuff DURING lunch time
Ericka Bajrami
37:07
We used to put out a cart of board games and coloring for the lunch crowd.
Martha B
37:17
Feel pressured by the expectations, even in normal years, that kids will not only keep up but also catch up during the summer
Alessandra @ Weston
37:22
Yeah, that was hard for us too. We tried to emphasize that the lunch were for those that really needed it, especially because we only got 50 meals a day.
Kate Fields
37:49
We have breakfast & lunch!
Christina Carpino - Bristol
37:51
We are told to offer lunch to everyone and they’ll send us more if we need them. We do 100ish a day
Alessandra @ Weston
38:54
You could always do lunchtime program in conjunction with a program that ensues chaos in title- such a scavenger hunt. Then people know at that time what to expect.
Jennifer Billingsley
39:32
For overflow: have a few friends who have carts of craft/activity supplies for their teens. We’ve been exploring the idea of having supplies prepped (ours are in bags) for pop up programs in other areas of the library. (like pearler beads, origami?)
Liz @ Ferguson
40:43
Very much so!!
Alessandra @ Weston
41:19
Our schools want the logs, but don't make an assignment or requirement for the kids to read. That makes us feel like we have to push the logging part more, but the why? is also tossed upon us because the schools want to say they don't care, but then ask the kids the first week to bring in reading lists.
Jennifer Billingsley
41:38
Pressure to create camp/classroom experiences in our buildings! Yes!
Diane Antezzo
42:17
she is breaking up
Jennifer Billingsley
42:18
(I’m losing audio for Liz, just me?)
Amy Berkun
42:27
me too
Brittany P
42:29
me too
Joanna - Wolcott Public Library
42:29
Same here
Jennifer-NHFPL
42:30
me too
Linda- Hartford Public Library
42:42
me too lost her
Rebecca F - Ferguson
42:51
Lis has connection struggles! Two kids doing school
Paula Montes
42:53
Me too
Kate McCarthy Bond
42:54
I thought it was just me!!!
Jennifer Billingsley
43:02
:-( I wanted to know more!
Ericka Bajrami
43:22
With all of the extra people in the library over the summer, do you adjust staff schedules, such as doubling up on who's on desk, etc.?
Prince Tech HS
43:23
I thought it was my son taking all my bandwidth on xbox
Rebecca F - Ferguson
44:17
All of us, with kids streaming
Catherine - Darien
44:18
Ericka, yes we double up on desk particularly during peak hours (4-6 when people are getting off work)
Christina Carpino - Bristol
44:29
Us too!
Alessandra @ Weston
44:39
No, we are so limited on staff. We have tried to get extra summer help, but our town has not budgeted for it. They wanted us to have someone seasonally this year, they would start in may and work through august, so I could train them before summer reading started, but now, that doesn't seem like a good option for us.
Alexandra Klaus
44:57
samsies….here for ideas
Jennifer Billingsley
45:35
Not at the Youth desk, but I know my circ dept schedules more staff when storytimes get out!
Cathy Potter
45:42
Defacto during the summer-mostly from parent’s POV
Liz @ Ferguson
46:14
oops i got kicked out of zoom mid sentence!
Rebecca F - Ferguson
46:16
I'm gonna go ahead and say we cannot recreate all these things online
Alexandra Klaus
46:22
people are always surprised by my lack of formal early childhood training! so they really do perceive us as educators.
Rebecca F - Ferguson
46:39
Everyone wants to know more, LIz!
Catherine - Darien
46:45
AMEN!
Jennifer Billingsley
47:45
Yes, Liz!
Rebecca F - Ferguson
47:46
There is SO LITTLE we can control right now
Jennifer Billingsley
47:50
Yes!
amy twing
47:53
there are kids who will not engage except with computer games-can't change that
Cathy Potter
47:54
I think this is a good time for all of us to take a step back and assess what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and how we’re doing it
Christina Carpino - Bristol
48:01
Families want us to be able to print out their kids school work right now, but that’s too much of a risk.
Jennifer Billingsley
48:34
And also, they DO learn things through gaming! Cooperation, problem solving, communication.
Cathy Potter
48:45
A chance to decide what’s really important
Linda- Hartford Public Library
48:48
lost liz
Jennifer Billingsley
48:50
She is gone again! Liiiiz!
Brittany P
48:51
did we lose her?
Diane Antezzo
48:51
still can't hear.
Rebecca F - Ferguson
48:56
Poor Liz! This happens during out dept meetings too
Kate McCarthy Bond
49:16
Simon Sinek has a TED talk called: start with why. it’s really good and focuses on the importance of why we do what we do
Cathy Potter
49:55
Agreed Kate! Read the book too!
Brittany P
50:04
I can't hear her
Alessandra @ Weston
50:08
We do an 8 week summer schedule where we try to hit all different topics and themes. Each week the families know what to expect and if their child is really into a topic, that is where I will see them each week. For instance Mondays we would do movies in the morning and melty (perler) Monday afternoon, Tuesday we did storytime in the morning, then outreach at the beach after lunch and then STEAM programs in the afternoon...each day we laid out the topics and put the programs out there for families to make it fun.
Rebecca F - Ferguson
50:41
These are all the agencies determining how we collect stats, FYI
Alessandra @ Weston
52:17
Yes, we also try to use community members once a week to do a program- firefighters, police, emt, mechanics, etc.
Rebecca F - Ferguson
52:21
YEP
Alessandra @ Weston
53:16
We want them to see from other people, that reading is important, so our firefighters come and tell them what they do and let them go in their truck and then let them know why they feel it is important to read.
Catherine - Darien
53:31
The whole world is going to be behind!!!
Heather Baker
53:47
I agree. we are thinking no logging this summer.
Kymberlee Powe
53:50
You can go next Jennifer
Christina Carpino - Bristol
53:55
YES - I’d love to hear from parents about what they need this year
Wendy H
54:06
good point!
Rebecca F - Ferguson
54:12
I think we should be supporting school catch up this summer. Supporting curriculum to finish this year? Be ready for fall?
Christina Carpino - Bristol
54:22
I think it’s more important than every for us to be FUN this summer. Parents and kids will need a break.
paula ginter
54:28
Kate can you tell mw more about the ted talk with SIMON SINEK I just tried to look for it and it didn't come up
Jennifer Billingsley
54:36
Yes! Diane!
Alexandra Klaus
54:37
The year that wasn't!
Coralie~Clinton
54:54
I agree, Christina!
Christina Carpino - Bristol
55:20
My friends are teachers, I used to be a teacher, everyone is burnt out emotionally. We need permission to have fun and normalcy.
Wendy H
55:34
everyone is in this together for sure!
amy twing
55:42
administration won't go for that
Amy-Farmington/Barney
55:43
I agree Christina
Elizabeth B
56:08
I understand and agree! I believe that we need to think of how other experiences, hiking, learning how to cook or sew a mask are a different kind of education. How we look at education and this time needs to be flexible.
Cathy Potter
56:26
I feel SO lucky!
Christina Carpino - Bristol
57:00
So how can we “justify” fun? Share the research (it’s out there!), how can we quantify our impact from a social-emotional standpoint? What is our value OUTSIDE of literacy education?
Martha B
57:33
Welcome kids and parents back to the library. Listen to them. Put great books in their hands. Tell them they're doing a great job.
amy twing
57:41
truth
Coralie~Clinton
57:57
YES Martha!
Emily - Cromwell
58:13
That's what we did at Cromwell last year
Jennifer Billingsley
58:26
For the reading element, if we move toward a “we are counting the days this summer and this is why” that has that brief explanation about how those state and federal stats are tied to our (library) funding from the state would help me for sure!
Cathy Potter
58:29
I still love the idea of adapting “100 Ways to Raise a Reader” to become “100 Ways to Be A Reader”
Kate McCarthy Bond
58:45
as a parent I need flexibility. I have a high schooler and elementary age kid. for my youngest the pressure and stress is harder and I find it hard to make good faith efforts to do what her teachers want, when she refuses to do work
Alessandra @ Weston
58:46
Love that Cathy
Kate McCarthy Bond
59:18
sorry to anyone who is getting my messages privately, I’m not doing it on our
Kate McCarthy Bond
59:24
on purpose...
Alessandra @ Weston
01:00:09
The other option is if we need the stats, then we just make a log for parents to keep track of what or how long their kid is reading so we have stats and they have something to give to teachers if needed, but we make our summer reading challenge a FUN CHALLENGE.
Amy-Farmington/Barney
01:00:16
Kate, struggling with the same thing with my 5th grader, she is pretty good but I cannot do 5th gr math and she is not a reader
Alessandra @ Weston
01:00:34
Continue to give families access to the logs, but reward or recognize for the kids LIVING LIFE again
Kate McCarthy Bond
01:00:50
there’s always ways to connect spontaneous learning and school without being obvious.
Kim
01:02:11
YES!
Kristine - Easton
01:02:20
yes
Sarah - Bristol
01:02:24
Our principals are encouraged to promote the library. They do great collaboration with the teachers and principals and us - they do robo calls and they reach out to the kids to read over the summer. I think this is a city effort and Bristol does its job!!!
Ericka Bajrami
01:02:51
Yes
Christina Carpino - Bristol
01:02:53
yes
Kate McCarthy Bond
01:02:53
yes.
Coralie~Clinton
01:02:55
yes
Lisa - Willimantic
01:02:58
Yes
Di - Westport
01:02:58
yes!
Evelyn- Bristol Manross
01:02:58
yes
Lauren Gledhill
01:03:01
yep
Cathy Potter
01:03:02
yes
Emily - East Haven
01:03:02
Yes
Tracy Allen
01:03:09
yes
Elizabeth B
01:03:11
yes!
Sarah Boyd
01:03:16
yes
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
01:03:25
I like days of participation!
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
01:03:50
How would the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge tie in with days of participation?
Ericka Bajrami
01:04:02
Days of participation is still so customizable
Tracy Allen
01:04:30
right! just read every day.
Rebecca F - Ferguson
01:04:49
Form good habits, creating positive routines
Rebecca F - Ferguson
01:05:05
The road back to a new normal
Catherine - Darien
01:05:07
Whoo whoo, amen Christina!
Alessandra @ Weston
01:06:04
Do you know how the winners are calculated? How many participants? How many books?
Cathy Potter
01:06:08
Some schools are counting on the library to provide the states for the GSRC so it is connected to the public library
Cathy Potter
01:06:16
*stats
Lisa - Willimantic
01:06:20
We've done days the last two years and had more participation than when we counted books.
Emily - Cromwell
01:06:48
How did you do days Lisa? Each day they read or something else?
Elizabeth B
01:07:15
I love the streaks idea, we talked about this yesterday. Especially since this summer is so unknown
Lisa - Willimantic
01:07:22
Each day they read. Every 5 days they got a little prize and a raffle ticket. There were bonus challenges too for those who wanted more.
Rebecca F - Ferguson
01:07:46
To be frank, I've kind of seen the Governors Reading Challenge as a kudos machine for the Principal. Maybe that's just me. But I've always felt it competed with what we were trying to do. Because its not about the kids, it's about numbers. Just my unpopular opinion
Christina Carpino - Bristol
01:08:09
I wonder how schools will adjust their summer reading plans if students don’t have library access to get the books they need? Any school librarians in here know if this is a conversation?
Alessandra @ Weston
01:09:05
You could compile a list of what counts as participating. Reading could be on the list. Playing a game could be on the list. If they do anything on that list, they are participating.
Coralie~Clinton
01:09:11
I just sent the school librarians a list of which books were available on oopla.
Cathy Potter
01:09:14
Lists are great-expands our collection too if we don’t already own the titles
Coralie~Clinton
01:09:16
Hoopla
Alessandra @ Weston
01:09:41
Yes, the lists are always important to have, because it highlights books we may not have as Cathy said
Christina Carpino - Bristol
01:09:42
If families don’t currently have library cards, they can’t access Hoopla with the temporary ecards
Alexandra Klaus
01:09:44
its great entry point for people need a push
Kim
01:09:48
Our school does not send out a list so we use the Governor's
Elizabeth B
01:09:52
Thank you! This has been a great session!
Jennifer Billingsley
01:10:02
Yes, thank you!
Sarah - Bristol
01:10:08
Bristol sends out lists for each grade level...
Cathy Potter
01:10:14
Thanks Kim!
Mary-Jane - Bill Memorial Library
01:10:14
Thank you!!
Kate McCarthy Bond
01:10:17
i think some online companies are offering access without library cards
Emily - Cromwell
01:10:21
Thank you Kym!
Jane Manners
01:10:22
Thank you!!!!
Cathy Potter
01:10:26
Kym-autocorrect!!
Di - Westport
01:10:41
Kym you are a rock star! Thank you.
Kristine - Easton
01:10:41
Thanks Kym. See ya later
Wendy H
01:10:43
Thank you
Kate McCarthy Bond
01:10:50
thank you!
Coralie~Clinton
01:10:50
Thank you!
Sandy DiCicco
01:10:50
thank you kym for all of these! they’ve been great.
Lisa - Willimantic
01:10:51
Thanks Kym!