Summer Reading Program Kick Off 2016

Yes, we might be bundled up with hot cocoa and blankets but it’s never too early to start thinking about Summer Reading. I’m sure most of you are aware that 2016’s theme is sports related. Our system chose the Teen theme: Get in the Game: Read slogan. I was never athletically inclined so I’m putting my own twist on the use of games. We’re going to use board games and other similar gaming.

I’m starting to actually plan our kick off party. I want to do something fun and easy going that works well for everyone and doesn’t need a ton of staff supervision. We’re going to do…Giant Games!

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Help Me: Library Tour/Class Visit

I just found out I will be giving a library tour to a class of 5th graders next week. As I’m still new to the whole children’s “librarian”-thing, I have no idea what I’m doing.

I know I should have been planning some rough ideas for class visits but that hasn’t happened. (It’s easier said than done when you’re working part-time.)

So I would love some advice and/or ideas for what to do for a class visit. Do you have any awesome activities to do? Is there a great story to read? Anything I shouldn’t do?

Even though I’m needing help with 5th graders immediately, help for other age groups would be appreciated as well.



Time for a quick introduction. My name is Alison and I’m a library paraprofessional. Youth Services is where my heart is. I spend far too much time online looking up program ideas and other fun library things.

I thought it was time for me to pass along some of my library ideas. That’s what you’ll find on this blog: program ideas, display ideas, book lists, and probably other things as well.

Feel free to use what I put up or use it and make it your own. Please share your ideas and thoughts here as well. There’s no point in reinventing the wheel so let’s help each other out.