literacy

Teen Read Week Photo Contest Launched

As part of Teen Read Week 2011, teens can enter a photo contest and win autographed books or an e-reader from Penguin Books for Young Readers.

ABC’s of Sustainable Partnerships: Affiliations Build Communities

Editor’s Note: In case you missed it, this week we’re featuring blog posts on ALA Annual Conference programs. This entry focuses “ABC’s of Sustainable Partnerships: Affiliations Build Communities,” where a variety of successful outreach models, including the award-winning PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program, were showcased.

Featured Library: Omaha Public Library

It’s that time again! Summer reading programs have begun across the country, and Omaha Public Library (OPL) is celebrating in style. More than 17,000 people participated in the library’s summer reading programs in 2010, and this year, OPL has set the goal of 25,000 registrants between May 21 and July 31. If the goal is met, OPL Executive Director Gary Wasdi promises to skydive for the first time.

Big Reads

With the 2011 Big Read application deadline just days away, I thought it would be a good time to review what a few libraries did for last year’s Big Read. For the one or two of you who may be unfamiliar, here’s what the Big Read website has to say about the program:

Featured Library: Rainbow City Public Library

The Rainbow City (Ala.) Public Library just wrapped up their summer reading program for kids. Featuring the theme “Make a Splash—Read!,” the program had 586 registered participants reading 9,500 books. In addition to awarding drawstring backsacks to children reading at least fifteen books, the library offered a number of programs to encourage children to visit, with a combined attendance of more than 3,200. Each program was held twice a day, once for children ages four to six, and once for children ages seven to twelve. Programs included:

PRIME TIME Family Reading Time

Editor’s Note: In case you missed it, this week we’re featuring blog posts on ALA Annual Conference programs. This entry focuses “PRIME TIME Family Reading Time: A Model Program for Strengthening Families & Building Communities,” designed to help programming librarians engage diverse, underserved neighborhoods of their communities through a family literacy program featuring humanities-focused content, quality children’s literature, techniques based on the Socratic Method, and collective learning.

Bring Literacy to PRIME TIME

Want to expand upon your library’s literacy programming? Curious about the PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program? Here’s your chance to apply for a grant that includes a training workshop, stipends, and materials.

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