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Is it really still Summer ‘Reading’? - Shared screen with speaker view
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
13:03
birth to 12th grade
Martha B
13:05
birth to 18
Heather Baker
13:10
look at middle grade magic for the junior library guild booth, they have links to free access to a big pile of curated materials for three age groups
Kate McCarthy Bond
13:47
birth to grade 5
Heather Baker
14:20
also, the booths would be a great way to add access to a lot of egalleys for new staff members. lots of access points on edelweiss and net galley.
Ericka Bajrami
14:46
When I worked in Plainville we used the name Summer Library Adventures. Here in Farmington it has been Summer Reading traditionally but we're talking about it.
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
15:16
I like Summer Learning or Summer Experience
Daryl
15:41
I think reading or literacy should still be a part of it - in whatever form
Jess Nelson
16:05
Personally, I don’t think kids want the word ‘learning’ in their summer activities. We sneak it in, but don’t have to advertise it with that wording.
Alessandra @ Weston
16:15
I think Summer Library Adventure sounds great
Jess Nelson
17:18
Hi!
Kristine - Easton
17:29
reading sounds better that literacy and learning
Kristine - Easton
17:54
Summer reading adventures
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
18:34
I think working collaboratively with schools
Kate McCarthy Bond
18:40
literacy is a term professionals use. kids use reading, they’re not necessarily going to know, or use, “literacy”
Myla Perrelli- Guilford
18:44
I agree MB.
Laura - Farmington
19:50
As a former teacher, summer slide is VERY real. It depends upon the child.
Patti Brady-Lux
20:17
We have such a robust homeschool community in our area that a strong collaboration with the schools is not that important to them. A more inclusive name would work in our community.
Ericka Bajrami
20:22
There have recently been some articles addressing this
Lauren Gledhill
20:33
I grapple with that exact thing - the kids who participate are the least susceptible to summer slide
Kate McCarthy Bond
20:57
you’re breaking up! I missed some of that
Laura - Farmington
21:03
Absolutely understand your point, Heather. Oftentimes, the children who need the library the most, don't get to participate in the experiences.
Myla Perrelli- Guilford
21:07
I do agree that Summer Reading may turn some people off. The reading part.
Patti Brady-Lux
21:20
As a parent I appreciated a summer program that was different than the school's.
Kymberlee Powe
21:29
Martha B go ahead
Maria-West Haven
23:19
yep
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
23:34
I like experience
Patti Brady-Lux
23:36
There is a delay
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
23:44
absolutely teaching more!
Alessandra @ Weston
23:52
I think the word learning does turn those kids off that are susceptible to the summer slide. By calling it something different and using learning techniques to showcase fun things to the kids, I think that would be more helpful for those kids. Also, libraries aren't just books and reading, it is about community and having that "reading" or 'learning" to describe our summer programs reiterates that old idea people still have about libraries and librarians.
Kate McCarthy Bond
24:02
Patti, absolutely. we are not school, we are a whole different entity, and while we support schools we are not school
Kristine - Easton
24:16
Does “experience” make it clear to our towns and tax payers that this is reading?
Alessandra @ Weston
25:01
Does it just have to be reading? That is what the real question is? Aren't we more than reading now. Yes, we want to showcase literacy and reading as important and fun, but don't we do more than that now?
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
25:22
yes we do
Alessandra @ Weston
25:49
We try to include community members, we run donations throughout the summer for food for homeless, shelters, making blankets for babies and cancer patients, teaching how to contribute to community.
Jess Nelson
26:06
I think this is why we called it Summer Library Adventures. Cuz it’s the library offering th program and we don’t just highlight reading, it’s all about the adventures you can have within and incorporating the library world.
Patti Brady-Lux
26:26
Jess, great point!
Lauren Gledhill
26:31
We chose Summer Adventure for the same reason.
Alessandra @ Weston
26:52
Jess, I love the Summer Library Adventures name. I think this showcases what we do, not just reading, but teaching and aiding in all different formats
Jess Nelson
27:09
Thanks Alessandra
Stacey - Ledyard
27:56
Rewarding kids for their experiences is a great way to get those reluctant readers in the door. A child can check out a cookbook and cook something and receive recognition for that. But how do we track both reading AND experiences?
Laura - Farmington
28:24
Jess, I really like the way you explained Summer Library Adventure, too. It encompasses all aspects of learning.
Lauren Gledhill
28:33
Stacey, we gave kids a list of mini-missions last year (tying into the space theme) that were experiential
Myla Perrelli- Guilford
28:40
I think including “library” is universally synonymous with reading instead of using reading while still being encompassing of what we do.
Alessandra @ Weston
29:04
Libraries are the community hub. Uniting communities through reading, learning and experiences.
Ericka Bajrami
29:18
Amen sista
Liz @ Ferguson
29:37
so right
Patti Brady-Lux
29:43
Getting them in the door to see what the library can offer is half the battle
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
30:55
read do go sounds fantastic
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
31:17
I like it too
Daryl
31:34
I understand what Heather was saying, but our towns have very different demographics which contributes to the differences in the programs.
Stacey - Ledyard
31:40
That's great
Kate McCarthy Bond
31:41
I did a fun alien related summer program that involved making things and getting to know the whole library-like a scavenger hunt/maker mini-missions.
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
32:19
We just launched a mini reading/experience program during quarantine called Read Together Learn Together
Kate McCarthy Bond
33:05
it got the kids in, and familiar with the library. they had to interact with different departments and it was great: staff loved it.
Kate McCarthy Bond
34:56
Allison, this is on your website?
Ericka Bajrami
34:59
Yes, in Farmington there's a collaborative adult, teen, and kid program called Stuck at Home Challenge with reading and experiences as well!
Alessandra @ Weston
35:02
Yes Allison we are doing a mini reading challenge to get the kids motivated to do their school work, but we also have mini experience challenges on there. We are using readsquared for that.
Heather Baker
35:50
I think a lot of the directors are talking about this themselves
Bina Williams
35:58
as a state it would be wonderful to have statewide ads to promote the summer reading time
Ericka Bajrami
36:08
It's good to have the rationale behind any changes too so if we have to convince our directors and schools too
Kate McCarthy Bond
36:08
I think libraries have an opportunity to really think outside the box and become a library of the future. we are no longer brick and mortar places.
Stacey - Ledyard
36:56
A state wide program or "template" would certainly help those of us that are just getting started
Kate McCarthy Bond
37:55
especially now that most of what we do, as librarians and people, is now happening virtually
Bina Williams
38:31
some folks can't make the trip to Hartford
Bina Williams
38:46
Discovery Museum in Bport
Kate McCarthy Bond
39:34
transportation is a challenge. for us, many of our families have no way of getting around or are limited in how they can get around.
Alessandra @ Weston
39:38
But isn't the whole concept of having a "theme" that you can compile reading and programs and your other offerings to surround that theme and highlight parts of it? That is more than just reading, that is teaching. For instance, using last year's space theme. We weren't just focusing on reading about space, but we did programs about how rockets work, what dehydrated food is, creating our own new inventions that were "out of this world".
Daryl
39:38
Children's Museums - Middletown, West Hartford, Bristol
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
39:43
I'm worried about setting up ReadSquared from home. My computer crashes constantly. lo
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
40:02
I use my tablet for these meetings
Bina Williams
40:40
Heather is the chair of this new committee!
Heather Baker
41:01
eek, Bina!
Kymberlee Powe
41:29
lol
Myla Perrelli- Guilford
43:09
The title will get people in then we can underline the greater importance such as literacy
Kymberlee Powe
43:28
Yes Myla exactly a back door
Kate McCarthy Bond
44:29
kids need to let loose in summer. they don’t always need the structure of school. some structure is good, but there definitely needs to be some flexibility
Kate McCarthy Bond
44:52
openness within framework
David Henson
45:20
well said
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
45:22
After we switched to a game board and then a bingo card, adding in experiences along with the reading, we had parents complain that we weren’t having a “reading” program anymore. The biggest complaints came from parents whose children were big readers.
Bina-Bport North Branch
46:21
their kids didn't win prizes!
Alessandra @ Weston
46:50
You will always get people that complain about your initiatives or what you are doing. That is where your voice comes into play. Explaining why you made those choices and highlighting how it comes back to the library or literacy.
Evelyn-Bristol Manross
47:08
Jennifer, that's also great for accessibility!
Coralie~Clinton
47:21
I love that!!
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
47:30
I like that! Blank bingo cards!
Kate McCarthy Bond
47:31
love it.
Coralie~Clinton
47:58
Do you give them ideas on what activities to put on their bingo cards?
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
48:02
differentiated learning experiences
alana
48:17
i'm happy to stop counting books--but are we still going to be asked for number of books read over the summer. I hate the competition to read the most or the highest number--schools are still counting books or want the numbers...
Stacey - Ledyard
48:36
How did you track things Jennifer?
Alessandra @ Weston
48:59
Every person learns differently. That is one thing I always focus on. So hands on experiences or exploration for one child can be equivalent to someone who reads 10 books a week.
Jess - Stafford
49:31
Love the idea of a bingo card!
Martha B
50:10
Of course. The problem all comes in when its about linking stats to $$
Jennifer-NHFPL
50:40
Stacey, we used stamps on their paper sheet, but we had a massive excel spreadsheet on our end where we put all of our statistics
Lauren Gledhill
50:52
who runs the governor's reading challenge?
Stacey - Ledyard
51:13
Did only librarians enter the stats or did you have teen volunteers help?
Alessandra @ Weston
51:21
The point is, we can continue assisting the schools in that challenge, by giving access to logging, that doesn't mean we have to be tied down to JUST doing that. Have logging for parents for their schools, but make your summer experience, what your library mission is. If you want to focus on literacy, make it that, if you want to focus on fun, make it that, if you want to make it a focus of community, make it that.
Jennifer-NHFPL
51:30
only librarians-at least as far as I know
Stacey - Ledyard
51:49
Thanks.
Bina-Bport North Branch
52:14
the list is created by Kym....
Jennifer-NHFPL
52:18
well only library staff. Sometimes we had library aids on desk. I don't think any volunteers
Eileen W : Marlborough
52:20
it gets in the way
Daryl
52:29
DAvid, welcome to New England!
Alessandra @ Weston
52:58
It is used as an additional initiative to get kids to read. You read, your classmates read, you have the chance to be recognized by the highest level of the state (oooooh wow). But for parents, and kids and especially schools that get that recognition, it may matter.
Bina-Bport North Branch
53:39
tata and thanks.... be well all!
Martha B
53:43
What counts as "participation"
Lauren Gledhill
54:30
I ask about the GSRC to figure out how much agency we have to alter the program
Daryl
54:42
I think the schools share the lists with the public libraries
Coralie~Clinton
56:18
Looking forward to seeing your additions and suggestions, Kym.
Myla Perrelli- Guilford
56:23
Me too!
Martha B
56:38
Many of New Haven schools don't put out lists, so I give that list to anybody who asks for a list.
Maria-West Haven
56:52
We use it in West Haven
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
57:21
We do try to buy some of the books on the list that we don’t already own since the schools send it out to every kid and the parents glom onto it as those are THE books their child should be reading.
Alessandra @ Weston
57:25
We also have to remember that a lot of schools and school districts don't have LMS to help put a list together. English teachers do not want an additional thing to put together either for higher grades.
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
58:37
thumbs up Diane
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
59:39
I’m wondering if our reading programs will be more important this summer due to financial concerns of our patrons after COVID19.
Alessandra @ Weston
01:00:13
Yes Jennifer!
Evelyn-Bristol Manross
01:00:25
Bristol also did a winter challenge this year
Heather Baker
01:00:32
they were during the ast recession.
Cathy Potter
01:00:34
Jennifer-love that idea!
Alessandra @ Weston
01:00:36
It is great to put energy into summer, but shouldn't we be applying these ideas throughout the year
Myla Perrelli- Guilford
01:00:42
I agree
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
01:00:46
yes
Stacey - Ledyard
01:00:46
Isn't that because kids are so overscheduled during the school year? Summer is supposed to be the time things slow down for people but it seems like that doesn't happen anymore at anytime!
alana
01:00:52
The list is not the problem, the problem is that schools call it a program, kids don't join the library program because they are "doing the governor's" program.
Kate McCarthy Bond
01:01:23
Russell library does not have it’s own parking so our patrons are often circling around looking for spots, and reducing their opportunity to participate in programs.
Cara-Berlin/Terryville
01:01:31
As far as outside of summer, we do a a winter reading program. It’s pretty similar to summer reading in that we have a way for them to track what they read, and bingo activity cards they cam fill out. Also special fun programs, ie stuffed animal sleepover, winter carnival, animal program, hired a performer
Alessandra @ Weston
01:01:56
Going back to what Diane said- sure we want our registration numbers to go up- but don't we always want to get more patrons- its about showcasing what we do in the right outlets (and finding out what those right outlets are) and bringing what we have to more people-all the time- not just during summer.
Cathy Potter
01:02:50
Has anyone surveyed their parents to find out their thoughts?
Daryl
01:03:00
People use my town's library year round for programs and resources - Levi E. Coe in Middlefield
Laura - Farmington
01:03:16
I saw Avon had put out a survey
Jennifer-NHFPL
01:03:34
cathy what do you mean by survey? like regrding covid-19, or programming, or summer reading?
Heather Baker
01:04:00
maybe in a few weeks, when their stress levels go down. I’m getting individual feedback from parents I know well.
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
01:04:03
I feel like we do a great job with programming and creating fun, educational experiences ALL year long, but it's just easier to get more kids in the library in the summer because they have more time to be there.
Jennifer-NHFPL
01:04:07
YES alessandra-that's exactly my point
Cathy Potter
01:04:16
Jennifer-I mean programming and summer reading.
stephanierush
01:04:17
Allison- just what I was thinking.
Heather Baker
01:04:19
yes, Allison!
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
01:04:34
yes Allison
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
01:04:39
exactly
Cathy Potter
01:04:57
We think we’re doing what families want, but how do we know that?
Lauren Gledhill
01:05:24
We actually cut our programming down in the summer, but there's just so many people that come in the door in summer
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
01:05:34
maybe no is the time to survey families...I feel like we're turning a big corner now
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
01:05:46
*now
Cathy Potter
01:05:51
I agree Allison!
Ericka Bajrami
01:05:53
We did a survey for the children's department regarding our materials, services, room, etc.
Patti Brady-Lux
01:06:07
We had a vote on election day and the kids chose programs they would like to see. The winners were programs we put on....exactly what Jennifer is talking about.
David Henson
01:06:14
I ask parents at outreach, they give me the best feedback
Heather Baker
01:06:16
Allison, Kyle, it certainly would be a great time to set up a representative parent panel
Alessandra @ Weston
01:06:26
We also cut our programming down in summer we know that by the middle-end of august we have too many families that are taking vacations, so we slow down. Our highest program months are actually October and December.
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
01:07:18
we cut our programming in summer too
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
01:07:55
We did, too. We end our reading program in early August. I got tired of paying for performers in August when no one was coming to the programs.
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
01:08:16
We still have the same number of programs, but we front load them into June and July.
Ericka Bajrami
01:08:35
Summer's a great time to bring performers in for that reason - takes a little planning pressure off the librarians and are big draws
Lauren Gledhill
01:08:43
Alison wants to talk!
Daryl
01:08:45
Thank you! Great ideas!
Lauren Gledhill
01:08:48
*Allison
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
01:08:51
you earned it Kym
Alessandra @ Weston
01:08:51
Thank you all!
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
01:09:09
There is a CLC Roundtable on Tuesday to continue talking! Please sign up on their site if you can. 11:15 am
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
01:09:12
thanks everyone! great conversation
Stacey - Ledyard
01:09:15
Thanks everybody!
Heather Baker
01:09:18
it was amazing to see everyone!, Kim, yo
Maria-West Haven
01:09:20
thank you, kym- this unconference has been fantastic and very helpful!!
Wendy H
01:09:21
Thank you!
Martha B
01:09:27
Thx Kym!
Di - Westport
01:09:28
Thank you Kym!
Lauren Gledhill
01:09:31
thank YOU Kym!
Heather Baker
01:09:33
Kym , you rock!
Myla Perrelli- Guilford
01:09:35
Thank you!
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
01:09:35
Thanks so much Kym. Take a much deserved break!
Cathy Potter
01:09:38
Thanks Kym!!!
Amanda Welsh
01:09:40
Thank you, Kym!!!!
Jess Nelson
01:09:42
thank you for all your hard work!!
Cheryl - Hall Memorial
01:09:42
Thank you, Kim
Coralie~Clinton
01:09:45
Thank you!!!
Cara-Berlin/Terryville
01:09:46
Thank you!
Kate McCarthy Bond
01:09:47
thanks Kym
Kristine - Easton
01:09:49
Thanks for all this work Kym. Go have a nap and a drink!!
Matt - Westport Library
01:10:05
Thanks, Kym. Great job moderating these last 3 days.