How Two Libraries Quit Summer Reading and You Can, Too
Friday, April 8, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Colorado Convention Center, Room 601/603/605/607
Two libraries, one a large urban system with 21 branches, the other a small resort town library, independently challenged their assumptions about summer reading. They unthought themes, focused on outcomes, and questioned everything. Both built patron-centered summer programs that provided an easy and customizable user experience. This session will detail how your library, no matter its size, can engage more participants, reduce staff workload, and recapture the community’s passion for their library.
An online version of this concurrent program session was presented during the PLA 2016 Virtual Conference.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Be able to increase the visibility of your summer programs via social media, public art projects, and enlisting community advocates.
2: Be able to conduct a return on investment for a summer reading program.
3: Learn how to use an "assumption storm" as a tool to rethink summer reading.
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 3: People with extensive knowledge, who want to learn about new developments.
This session will have: Medium interaction: single speaker/panel with questions or audience participation throughout
Handouts: Download 1
Tags: Serving Youth, Adult Services, Children's Services, Innovation, Programming/Services, Young Adult Services
Jessica Manis, Senior Librarian
Park City Library, Park City, UT
Jessica Manis has worked in Public, Academic, and Corporate libraries around the country (including the America's Test Kitchen Library). She received her MLIS from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Currently, she is the Senior Adult Services Librarian at the Park City Library, in Park City UT. She specializes in Maker Spaces, computer training, digital literacy, and game clubs.
Lindsey Patrick, Children's Services Manager
Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN
Lindsey Patrick is the Children's Services Manager of the Nashville Public Library and oversees the Main Library's Children's Department and the Summer Challenge. Before NPL, Lindsey worked at the Tennessee State Library as the Children's and Continuing Education Coordinator and at the Memphis, St. Louis, and Sacramento Public Libraries. Lindsey also teaches Children's Literature for University of Tennessee.