Category: Summer Reading

Summer Reading Bingo Game

Summer Reading Bingo 1

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!

Summer Reading Bingo 8

Summer Reading Bingo 1

Summer Reading Bingo 2

Summer Reading Bingo 3

Summer Reading Bingo 4

Summer Reading Bingo 5

Summer Reading Bingo 6

Summer Reading Bingo 7



Summer Reading Collaborative Book Share Program

Summer Reading Collaborative Book Share Program

Summer Reading Book Display K6

Summer Reading Book Display Mid High

One of the ways my summer reading program is successful is in the book share program we have with the local school system. Beginning in May my public library starts accepting deliveries of books from the schools. The books come in boxes and I begin sorting the piles into grade level and labeling them. Here’s one from the 6th grade list:

Summer Reading Book Labeled with Grade

I use orange tape because it has no other significance in my library system.

The second step is cataloging them. I use the record in our system for the books we already own and use a special summer code to designate the book:

Summer Reading Book RecordI use the school book barcode for ease of running reports in the fall, and type in the grade level for the call number. The books are displayed in a special section with signs and circulation information for patrons.

We setup a special modifier in our circulation system to allow:

  • the books to circulate only to our patrons who live in our town
  • limit 2 books per card to be checked out at a time
  • the circulation period is 14 days with no renewals

In other libraries I’ve worked in, we cannot use a book barcode that differs from our designated number system. In that case I hide the barcodes on the copyright page and use the special color coded tape to cover up the school barcode so it won’t scan. Of course, I worked with the schools to get permission to do this! I tried temporary barcodes once and it was a disaster! We lost books and didn’t know who had them. The children’s books definitely need something permanent:

Summer Reading Book Barcode on Copyright Page

At the end of the summer I pack up the books and deliver them to the schools. I run a report with outstanding books. If, by October, the books are not returned a list goes to the school and they sort it out.

I also run a circulation report and give the circ numbers to each school so they can add it into their total circulation for the year. (This is a great way for the school book budget to increase.)

This program is a win-win! We both get circulation up and patrons have double the choices of book selection they normally would. It’s hard work on both of our efforts, but it’s well worth it.

How do you collaborate with the schools for success?

For more ideas about summer reading check out Catch the Possibilities. She’s hosting Flannel Friday’s Summer Reading Extravaganza this week!

Summer Reading Board Game

Summer Reading Board Game

Each summer I try to put a new spin on our reading program. In past years I’ve done really successful Bingo Card Reading Challenges. This year I want to create a board game in which the challenges change each week. This will tempt the children to come in every week to see what’s new.

For each reading challenge they complete, they will earn one sticker to add to our challenge wall. The age groups are broken up by schools in our district: Pre-K, K-3rd, 4-6th. For each board they complete, they will be able to pick a prize from our prize bin.

SR Board Game 1

SR Board Game 2

SR Board Game 3

SR Board Game 4

SR Board Game 5

SR Board Game 6

SR Board Game 7

SR Board Game 8What do you do for your program?

For more ideas check out Catch the Possibilities. She’s hosting the Flannel Friday Summer Reading Extravaganza this year.

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