Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Halfway through...

How are everyone's Summer Reading Clubs going?

My summer's been crazy, to be completely honest. I really hit the ground running, starting my new job in mid-May just a week before our SRC started.

We're doing Be Creative @ Your Library, like many other libraries across the country. One of the easiest and most fun things we've done is to provide paper and crayons and encourage kids to draw a picture to put up on the wall. We started out with a big, blank bulletin board but that was soon filled and we moved on to letting kids tape up drawings. Some of them have been really beautiful and it really encourages them to be creative. Plus, it gives the kids an activity to do while they're at the library.

I'm so happy to see so many kids signing up for Summer Reading (and so many kids reading SO MANY book!), but I'll confess that I'm glad we're about halfway through. ;)

So, how is your SRC going? Anyone want to brag about a fantastic program they've done this summer? Or something cheap and easy that's really added to the fun?

6 comments:

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Ours sounds like yours-lots of kids and teens reading, busy busy busy, but lots of fun. We're doing Be Creative/Express Yourself too. I'm working more with the teens, since I'm the teen librarian, but when I've been in children's it's been super busy. And our train table broke, so usually we have kids gathered around Thomas, but now he's not there. I'm not sure if we'll get something to replace it.
My teen program has really taken off. I did school visits like mad all through May and it's paying off because I've had so many teens come in and say "hey you were at my school! do you have those books you talked about?" which is really cool. My shelves feel empty and I'm always grabbing books to fill my displays. And we've still got a month left of SRP!

Cat Fancy said...

We did something similar and had the kids turn in self-portraits. We bought frames from Oriental Trading and then matted the portraits with colored construction paper. We have them hanging up in the hallway.

Jennifer said...

We have kids' art (big posters we made together in May and individual pictures) up on our windows. This is only my second summer reading program, and the first started a few weeks after I came. I was able to visit the middle school this year, so I have lots of 11-13s, but so far I haven't figured out anything to draw the older teens in. Something to work on next year! Meanwhile, we have almost 200 more kids registered this year and record-high circulation! Woo-hoo! I'm blogging our programs and stuff so I have a record for next year.

Lisa Chellman said...

Glad to hear your SRC's going well! Ours is, too. Sign-ups are going gangbusters. I don't think it's because we're doing anything differently from last year, but the cruddy weather has people coming to the library in droves. It's been a real zoo.

My personal summer program, the junior literary magazine, has had two meetings so far, with a total of 17 kids participating -- a very good size for this type of program. (Last year there were weeks when I had close to 40... which is good for the ego but not as manageable.) I really look forward to seeing what they come up with! Last year's magazine will be hard to top.

Small Fox said...

I just started my program today. We have many wonderful things in store and a record number of kids signed up. I'm so happy I have good volunteers, or I'd go a bit crazy!

Sarah said...

We too are providing crayons and paper for kids to hang artwork around the children's area. We also have a spot for children to put up the poetry they create which has been amusing and fun. This past Wednesday was the big craft day at my library and I have to say, the pipe cleaner sculptures were a HUGE hit.