My previous post started to touch on some of my Summer Reading Program prep. Now we move into crunch time preparations.
-Begin narrowing down programs put on by library staff. Contact any possible outside speakers.
-Book our Meeting Room for programs. The public can request meeting rooms 3 months in advance, so this is my last shot for June!
-Start contacting schools and homeschool groups to schedule promotional visits for May. I also find out how many students they have so I know how many fliers to print out.
-Make changes to the reading logs (if needed).
-Pick our “colors” and order paper in those shades. We (being the adult librarian, teen librarian, and I) have found it simplifies things for staff if we color code paperwork for SRP. I have a color that I use for all my reading logs and paperwork, and teen and adult have their colors.
-Meeting with branch managers and some of their staff to discuss the program. This is just a chance to tell everyone our plans for the summer and to show off the artwork and prizes.
-Write a “script” for the school promotional visits. There are three staff members and I who take turns going on these visits. It’s VERY helpful to all of us if we have a sheet of notes to remind us of things to discuss with the kids.
-Design the flier that will be handed out at the schools.
-Order prize books.
-Vacation. This is my last chance to breathe before it really begins.
-The following post goes up on all my social media sites: I am now in final preparations for Summer Reading and cannot be held legally responsible for anything I say or do until August 1st.
-Begin my date with the copier. I will print around 1200 reading logs and 2000 fliers this month.
-Final supply craft supply order for summer programs.
-Reminding overzealous students who drag their grownups to the library after we’ve come to their school that SRP doesn’t begin until June 1st.
-Organize ALL THE THINGS to be sent out to the branches. Prizes, books, reading logs, bags…it all has to be sent out.
-Begin slowly decorating the department. Also a good time to do last minute cleaning and shelf reading because it won’t happen after June hits.
-Hold on tight and have fun!
How do you prep for Summer Reading?