November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

School Bus–Turned–Bookmobile Rolls Across Georgia

Over the summer, the polka-dot bus visited areas without easy access to a public library.

Books on Bikes Initiative Keeps Students Reading in Summer

School librarians in Charlottesville, VA, get pedaling in order to bring books to kids.

Video Sunday: Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends

Aww. Didja miss these? It’s not like I see as many videos these days, y’know. Not for lack of interest. They just don’t float in front my nose the way they used to. Fortunately there are a couple that I’ve collected in my travels and I’m featuring them here today. They may be a bit […]

Trend Alert: More School Libraries Staying Open all Summer

Summer reading—done at school? A growing number of districts are experimenting with keeping school libraries open, with entire collections available, through the vacation season.

Six Tips to Combat Tween Summer Slide

Middle school librarian Christina Keasler offers simple tips to keep tweens engaged over the long summer months.

Three School Library-Based Summer Learning Programs

Check out these different models for school librarian-led summer learning initiatives, with or without grants and public library partners.

Libraries Included in Lawmakers’ Summer Learning Proposals

An emphasis on literacy and partnerships in pending legislation throughout the country likely means that libraries will play an increasing role in preventing summer learning loss.

The Evolution of Summer Reading | Editorial

Where summer reading works well, it places the library in a student’s learning life during vacation. Combine its goals with hands-on STEM-based programming, and you’ve met summer learning.

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Reading is Fundamental Launches Read for Success

RIF is making Read for Success, a new program intervention, available to schools and community groups across America to help elementary school students excel at year-round reading.

Chicago Public Library Wins Founder’s Award for Stemming Summer Slide

The 2015 Founder’s Award, bestowed by the National Summer Learning Association, recognized the Chicago Public Library for its high level of collaboration and coordination with other city groups on its summer learning program.

SLJ’s Summer Reading Resources 2015

Putting the final touches on your summer reading program? Just getting started? Help is here.

Fusenews: “Someday I’ll go to Winnipeg to win a peg-leg pig”

When two people sent me this link I assumed that everyone must have already seen it. But when it didn’t show up on PW Children’s Bookshelf I decided that perhaps I might have a scoop. At the very least, it appears that when people think Nick Cave meets Dr. Seuss, I’m the logical person to […]

Amazon’s Free Summer Math Program Starts May 19

TenMarks Free Summer Math Program, conducted online, begins May 19. Find out how to participate.

Fusenews: This. That. Those. (A Trilogy)

As per usual there are some Wild Things links I’d love to share today.  Lemme see here . . . Well we got a real stunner of a review over at Chapter 16.  That’s some good and gorgeous stuff going down there. Phil Nel called us “Punchy, lively, and carefully researched.”   The blog The […]

School Librarian Fights Summer Slide with School Bus-Turned-Bookmobile

Washington school librarian Jenny Granger decided that if her kids weren’t going to come to the books this summer, she would take books to them—by driving a grant-funded bookmobile.

Collaborating on the Summer Slide: University Students Tutor at Jacksonville Public Library

A unique partnership between Jacksonville (FL) Public Library and the University of North Florida continues to bring tutoring services to children who might otherwise experience the “summer slide.”

Reading Is Fundamental Study Says Summer Reading Is Not Priority

How important is summer reading to parents? According to a study conducted by Reading Is Fundamental and Macy’s, only 17 percent of parents responded that reading should be a “top priority” for their kids during summer months.

Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meal Programs. Here’s How to Help.

Summer is a tough time for many kids—when they don’t get enough to eat. Summer meal programs are critical and public libraries are uniquely suited to host them. While outside of traditional library services, providing food to hungry citizens is “another way we can serve the community,” says Susan Maldonado, teen services librarian at Oakland Public Library.

Fizz, Boom, Read: Summer Reading Programs Blend Learning with Fun and Prizes

School’s out for summer, but the library is still open, and there are programs around the country looking to entice and educate kids—and their parents—while fostering a love of reading and preventing the summer slide.

Idaho School Libraries Open this Summer to Tackle ‘Summer Slide’

Idaho’s betting its younger students will choose school this summer—investing $30,000 to keep six school libraries open during June, July, and August. The Summer Slide Pilot Project aims to entice children to come to school during the summer heat, crack a book, and read.