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What is the best way to Track summer reading? - Shared screen with speaker view
Phillip
25:57
Hi, I'm Phill form the New Haven Free Public Library-For the public we use paper logs, tracking books, community activities and library programs attended. We have 5 locations at our library and keep track of stats in Google docs with a different tab for each branch and a master sheet with all stats
Alexandra Klaus
26:32
planning on teen BINGO (3x3) and the card is the entry for a larger prize at the end of the summer
Kristen Carpentier- Durham
27:31
is read squared better than wandu?
Karla: Stonington Free Library
28:09
Yes—I would like to learn how to do BINGO in readsquared
Karla: Stonington Free Library
28:17
Thanks!
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
28:29
ReadSquared support was a HUGE improvement than Wandoo support.
Bina North Branch-BPort
30:08
our wandoo expert retired so we are in the air about what to do....someone needs to learn the system which ever we choose.
Rebecca Ferrer
30:40
Oh that's good to know.
Bina North Branch-BPort
30:43
Linda..I don't think I knew that....hmmmm
Rebecca Ferrer
30:46
I wish we had known that
Kristine-Easton
31:38
I feel like minutes are too much to families to keep track of during the summer. It should be more fun and not such a chore.
Eileen Washburn
32:00
agreed Kristine
Alexandra Klaus
32:14
yeah I am excited to do way less tracking to make it less of a chore
Rebecca Ferrer
32:14
We went with minutes for the continuity of what they are expected to do during the school year. Tracked books for a long time
Melissa @ Thomaston Public Library
32:24
agree with Kristine
Lauren Gledhill
32:26
We just have them estimate the number of minutes they read
Liz @ Ferguson Lib
33:13
We chose to do minutes to mimic what the schools' reading assignments are during the year--most kids in elementary school from K up have to read from 20-30 minutes per night for their reading logs
sharon Geer
33:29
We track books as it is easier to track and parents didn’t want to track minutes.
Jennifer Billingsley
33:30
I feel like this summer the parents will be experiencing extra fatigue too!
Christina - Bristol
33:41
Definitely.
Margaret Girgis
33:41
we went with minutes b/c of the guideline of 20 minutes per day
Ericka Bajrami
34:05
We found the advantage of days over minutes was: 1) it's less of a chore - no need to watch the clock
Ericka Bajrami
34:17
Oops - meant to send that later
Margaret Girgis
34:29
we went with activities/experiences to encourage program attendance and to encourage older participants to explore and understand that earning continues throughout live in myriad places and formats
Jennifer: Portland
34:29
We do minutes too. Just seems more fair than having kids feel bad because they are slower readers and can't read pages or books as quickly. We are very low-key about it and just ask them to estimate.
Jennifer Billingsley
34:58
I LOVE the experience concept!
Amy L(she/hers) Ferguson Lib.
34:59
i think since 2013 Rebecca
Ali @ Cheshire Public Library
35:00
Our school district requires children to read 15 minutes a day so it just makes sense for us to carry that into the summer
Elizabeth B
35:10
We are continuing the school year model of 20-30 minutes per day.
Jennifer Billingsley
35:41
LOL Yes
Jennifer: Portland
35:48
We have extra challenges like "tell us a joke" or "have a picnic" to get extra Book Bucks.
Marisa Avon Library
35:55
my library does books. But for Grades K-6: they set their goal of 6, 12, or 24 books (everyone gets the same rewards, but how soon you get it depends on which goal you pick).
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
35:57
In Florida the Miami Dolphins made up and donated the reading logs
Marisa Avon Library
36:08
New program for Under K's was a 50 book reading goal
Linda Williams
36:22
The experience concept works really well for Summer Learning programs.
Caitlin Stratford Library
36:37
I love goals. And an individualized experience.
Rebecca Ferrer
36:47
Hahaha always
Christina - Bristol
36:48
I spent years as a teacher in multiple grades in both Hartford and Manchester and I think days is the best way to a) build consistent habits b)make it fair for a variety of reading levels and c) make it easiest for caregivers.
Marisa Avon Library
36:55
Teens in grades 7-12 get $10 in library loot (like monopoly money) for books 1-10 and a book prize auction at end of summer. BUT they still also get food/rewards for books 1-10, if they want to only a few.
Caitlin Stratford Library
37:39
Avon
Lauren Gledhill
37:57
We tried doing goals in Cheshire for a couple years, but it was difficult to get people to respond and particiate
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
38:22
Each parent in Broward County FL made up their own goals minutes or books or whatever the individual families preferred. Each log was like a mini game board. No need to write titles. Don't know how the state counted
Jennifer: Portland
39:15
I agree, Christina. I think we're going to switch to days this year. But we'll still say 20 minutes per day for it to count.
Christina - Bristol
39:49
Jennifer - we do 20 minutes as well
Rebecca Ferrer
40:30
Oh I like that
Ericka Bajrami
40:39
We also find that by counting days, it encourages the kids to read throughout the summer, instead of doing all of their books or minutes in a smaller window of time
Rebecca Ferrer
40:41
Habit forming
Eileen Washburn Marlborough
40:59
so what does the State Library want from us? what is your ideal data
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
41:00
Days sounds great!
Jennifer @ Cragin
41:00
How do you set that up? Reading in days - do you use Read Squared?
Ericka Bajrami
41:09
We use Read Squared for days
Lauren Gledhill
41:18
I love that day concept, and the streaks!
Kristine-Easton
41:29
teens come in the week before school starts to get required books
Steve Zampino
42:07
Can Christina go in to detail of keeping track of days/streaks
Elizabeth B
42:27
Love the streaks! Definitely will try this!
Christina - Bristol
42:50
Steve - we just have a paper calendar and they color each day they read. They get a ticket for every day they read and a “weekly prize” for every week they check in (usually coupon for free ice cream or something)
Christina - Bristol
43:29
We don’t really “track” the streaks except being like “Wow, look at you! You read 8 days in a row!” The they show us their calendars.
Steve Zampino
43:36
Thanks, Christina
Rebecca Ferrer
43:45
LOL
Ericka Bajrami
44:00
Btw days is easy to track in Read Squared
Eileen Washburn Marlborough
44:47
thanks Kymberlee!
Mary-Jane - Bill Memorial Library
45:16
We've been doing days for years. We enourage kids to read at least 15-20 minutes but don't police it. It's easier for the parents and easier for my staff.
Jennifer: Portland
45:44
Christina, what are the daily tickets for?
Jennifer Larkin
45:58
Kym - are you tied to the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge? Or does your branch have nothing to do with that?
Christina - Bristol
46:13
Jen - they get tickets for everything and then they put them into our summer raffle with wayyyy too many prizes.
Ericka Bajrami
46:54
Yes, Linda!
Jennifer: Portland
47:03
Ok, thanks :)
Rebecca Ferrer
47:07
I think with guidance we would be happy to try our best
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
47:22
That’s why we did both the bingo card and allowed kids to count their books.
Maria-West Haven
47:28
I would appreciate guidance if it helps with funding
Heather Baker
47:30
I think now is the time.
Caitlin Stratford Library
47:35
Our Library counts books because the Mayor then honors the children. But we would be happy to do "something" to help make the case. What would that be?
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
47:42
would definitely be open to it
Eileen Washburn Marlborough
47:44
we we were reassessing before all this so I’m trying to figure out what everyone wants including schools parents State and what each library is capable of
Margaret Girgis
47:45
I think sameness lends itself to measurable outcoms but given the disparity of abilities in each town, I feel like it would be very difficult to implement with our populations
Rebecca Ferrer
47:45
There are so many agencies with opinions on how we should do it
Heather Baker
47:52
we are all trying to figure ,out a new normal,
Rebecca Ferrer
47:58
That we try to conform to that instead of what works for us and our public
Rebecca Ferrer
48:04
Or makes a case
Heather Baker
48:06
and there is time to garner support
Jennifer: Portland
48:08
We would be open to it too. I think it looks good if we're consistent because some of our kids do summer reading at a few towns.
Caitlin Stratford Library
48:11
Outcomes sounds good.
Caitlin Stratford Library
48:15
What outcomes can we measure?
Linda Williams
48:20
And the Gov’s SRC counts books, no matter how hard we tried to change that.
Caitlin Stratford Library
48:34
Percent finished?
Christina - Bristol
48:37
I feel like it’s easy to report days even if you’re collecting other statics for your library. If a kid records they read 30 minutes on that day, its also a day they read, plus the minutes?
Caitlin Stratford Library
48:39
Percent engaged?
Dayl Meninsky @ Eli Whitney Tech
48:42
not every public library is funded the same way. some smaller libraries get funded through town and endowments
Elizabeth B
48:44
I definitely would like to follow the state guidelines for funding purposes. We would need to have the schools agree
Eileen Washburn Marlborough
48:46
Governor 🤪 challenge
Rebecca Ferrer
48:49
Some schools didn't even let us in because they were focusing on the governors challenge
Jennifer @ Cragin
48:55
number of readers?
Karla: Stonington Free Library
49:00
Measuring outcomes can be very powerful
Youth Service
49:20
if there was a way to measure kids' reading scores at the end of the summer to their scores at the beginning of the summer, that would measure an outcome-was there a drop, or an increase in reading levels among kids who read?
Christina - Bristol
49:47
Reading levels are highly different from system to system. Testing reading levels is very time intensive and should only be done by people who are properly trained.
Rebecca Ferrer
49:53
Parents are focused on Lexile as well, not necessarily on habit or anything else
Jennifer Billingsley
49:56
I LOVEthat idea
Lauren Gledhill
50:05
Days would be easier for our populations to estimate for sure
Heather Baker
50:08
christina, truth.
Ericka Bajrami
50:10
Days is not only easy for families to count, but encourages reading throughout the summer
sharon Geer
50:21
I would be willing to comply with what the state would like us to fo so we can get funding. We have always counted books , but might set goals to reach so it isn’t overwhelming.
Jennifer Larkin
50:26
Not going to work for schools
Ericka Bajrami
50:35
You can also say the goal is to read 30 days, for example, but then have added incentives for reading more days
Margaret Girgis
50:44
outcomes could be anything from increase in participation/feedback of kids to measuring reading growth (whether better skills, liking it more, etc.)
Karla: Stonington Free Library
51:06
Outcome: Are families making habit if reading?
Elizabeth B
51:17
I love the counting days, every kid will feel a sense of accomplishment! Their choice for time.. I have some kids that will read for hours at a time. Others that only will read a chapter.
Karla: Stonington Free Library
51:29
*making a habit of reading
Christina - Bristol
51:30
x% of children read every day! That’s a great statistic and backed by research
Kristine-Easton
51:41
how much reading would count as a day?
Karla: Stonington Free Library
51:49
15-20 mins
Christina - Bristol
51:57
We count 20 minutes because that’s what the research shows.
Rebecca Ferrer
52:14
We have city agencies relying on us for their numbers to be collected through us, in ways that they need it
Lauren Gledhill
52:15
Reading per day could be left up to each individual library. 15? Cool. 30? Cool. 2? Cool.
Ericka Bajrami
52:16
We leave the time per day up to each family, but if some parents really want you to say something you could suggest 15-20
Youth Service
52:17
PLA project outcome probably has something to measure outcome--even if it's only measuring the attitudes of the kids/families about reading
Rebecca Ferrer
52:30
YEP
Christina - Bristol
52:33
Rebecca - you can record MORE than just days
Ericka Bajrami
52:39
And we send the information to the schools at the end of the summer
Karla: Stonington Free Library
53:03
Outcome: Do families feel confident using the library?
Christina - Bristol
53:04
You can also ask the kids for books, etc. But days is an easy thing to count on top of other data to keep everyone on the same page.
Kristine-Easton
53:30
I like your thoughts on this Kym
sharon Geer
53:46
or call it summer learning
Steve Zampino
54:29
I like the idea of doing things other than reading during the summer, but I also think that the focus should really be on reading.
Karla: Stonington Free Library
54:48
We called it Summer Fun at the Library
Linda- Hartford Public Library
55:09
We use summer learning
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
55:13
yes. and for the State and funding
Melanie Bazer
55:31
I like this idea, since even children who are not in town can still participate.
Karla: Stonington Free Library
56:30
THANKS
Maria-West Haven
56:36
that would be super helpful!
Karla: Stonington Free Library
57:02
You are doing great, Kym.
Elizabeth B
57:07
Preview to the survey...That would be fantastic! Thank you Kym!
Kymberlee Powe
57:35
We'll do Margaret and this Christina from Bristol
Jennifer @ Cragin
59:43
Would it be possible to set up a read Squared template for the state but have it be customizable for each library?
Kymberlee Powe
01:00:42
Jennifer, Yes I'm working on that.
Evelyn - Bristol Manross
01:01:20
Margaret, that makes a lot of sense- particularly this summer with more limited book access!
Julie-Old Lyme
01:01:30
Yes, Jennifer- that's what I was wondering? I have not used Read Squared yet, but if we all did, even in individual ways, could we capture the information necessary for the state?
Ericka Bajrami
01:02:01
Us too, Christina
Caitlin Stratford Library
01:02:20
We don't use ReadSq probably Bookpoints this year
Kymberlee Powe
01:02:36
I'll get last years manual question up today on libguides.
Jennifer Billingsley
01:03:39
Good to know. Thank you so much!
Rebecca Ferrer
01:04:55
We might want a follow up to this in a few weeks to see if any directions have changed from state or local sources
Kymberlee Powe
01:05:47
Yes Rebecca. I think a follow up meeting would be a good idea and can easily be arranged.
April - East Hampton
01:05:50
East Hampton does personalized goal setting at sign up and then does a weekly check in on how many minutes that actually was to keep up with state needed stats
Kristine-Easton
01:05:54
Bina, do you offer incentives?
Lauren Gledhill
01:05:58
Bina, I wonder if just changing the language would help. Summer learning, summer fun. We call it Summer Adventure in Cheshire and give them mini-missions
Caitlin Stratford Library
01:06:37
Let's just do summer unconference every two weeks :)
Rebecca Ferrer
01:06:52
LOL
Christina - Bristol
01:06:54
Caitlin - more virtual chats!!!
Ericka Bajrami
01:07:04
These virtual chats with so many of us are awesome
Rebecca Ferrer
01:07:07
So helpful
Mary-Jane - Bill Memorial Library
01:07:12
Super helpful!
Karla: Stonington Free Library
01:07:12
YES thank you
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
01:07:14
absolutely!
Karla: Stonington Free Library
01:07:24
I would not normally be able to attend inperson
Elizabeth B
01:07:28
This has been amazing! Thank you for the un-conference!
Elizabeth Doran
01:07:30
thank you!!!
Melissa @ Thomaston Public Library
01:07:32
We do
Joanna - Wolcott Public Library
01:07:40
We did last year
Linda Williams
01:07:45
Thanks for all your work on this, Kym!
Dayl Meninsky @ Eli Whitney Tech
01:07:54
thank you. A lot to consider.
Margaret Girgis
01:07:55
This session was really helpful for me! :)
Caitlin Stratford Library
01:08:06
We do books, but every 200 pages is a new book
Sharon Cerasoli
01:08:12
thanks Kym!!
Joanna - Wolcott Public Library
01:08:35
The kids listed the book title and number of pages, and then got a raffle ticket for a certain number of pages (depending on the age group)
Melissa @ Thomaston Public Library
01:08:39
I use the page number then multiply it by set number and give the kids that many draeing tickets for them to take chances on
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
01:08:42
thanks Kym and everyone!
Joanna - Wolcott Public Library
01:08:52
So I guess technically we counted books
Lauren Gledhill
01:09:44
if we come up with our own standards statewide as CLA and assert them, it might help to sway the way the Governor's challenge does its metrics
Margaret Girgis
01:09:48
I would be vey interested in learning the details of how the schools report. I think it would help us unite with our schools more closely
Linda Williams
01:09:56
And there you go! Why it is so complicated...
Ericka Bajrami
01:10:14
Yes, that's why many schools and library's have dropped the governor's reading challenge, so if we can get them to change it...
Ericka Bajrami
01:10:22
*libraries
Linda Williams
01:10:39
We need a mass write-in!
Lauren Gledhill
01:10:44
PERPETUAL REVOLUTION
Julie-Old Lyme
01:10:46
Thanks All!
Maria-West Haven
01:10:54
thank you! great session!
Karla: Stonington Free Library
01:10:56
THank you!
Emily - East Haven
01:10:57
Thank you!
Rebecca Ferrer
01:11:00
Yep, see you soon!
Joanna - Wolcott Public Library
01:11:01
Thanks for doing this
Mary-Jane - Bill Memorial Library
01:11:05
Thank you!
Matt - Westport Library
01:11:06
Fantastic session! Thanks again, Kym!!
liz @ ferguson
01:11:09
thanks everyone!
Elizabeth B
01:11:11
Thank you Kym!
Heather Baker
01:11:12
thanks!
Linda- Hartford Public Library
01:11:14
thank you see at 2:30
Melissa @ Thomaston Public Library
01:11:17
thank you