Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library
You may remember my Summer Reading Board Game from last year. While it worked well, some of my great readers went through a game in one day! So this year I decided to change it up a bit. I created eight different BINGO cards: one for each week of the summer reading program. I included reading challenges of all genres and parts of the library, as well as fun holidays to celebrate (National Hot Dog Eating Day, Eric Carle’s birthday), activities to incorporate learning (sort your clothes by color), and different ways to be creative (use crayons, markers, paint). The children love it and look forward to coming back each week!
Not only did it encourage children to try different genres, parents told me that it helped them learn about different authors, exposed their children to a variety of activities, and allowed them to get their summer reading requirements for school finished. Some of the activities seemed pretty obscure, but I included them in my programs. So, if they came to my programs they always filled in at least two squares. This program also enticed families to come in each week to get a new card. Lots of families took them on vacation with them. They also took Lend a Friends with them (you have to try this!).
I’m thinking of adding a scratch off component for next year, but I’m still working out the details in my head. I’m open to suggestions in the comments section!
Here are the eight different cards in a pdf file: Summer Reading Bingo Cards
What are some challenges you would add? Seriously, I need to change them up for next year!