Blogger Katie Salo

Summer Reading for Pre-Readers

Most children’s librarians are nearing the end of their summer reading programs and are finally feeling a bit of relief from their busy schedules. As for me, I’m already jotting down notes and making plans for improvement for next year. A few years back, my staff and I decided to create a separate program for children not yet reading independently. We created a new reading log, set a goal of listening to 25 books over an eight-week period and ultimately put the decision in the parent’s hands as to which program their child would register for. The program was a moderate success and we’ve continued it since then. Even though we didn’t get the immediate response I wanted from the community, it was an easy program to do because we used the same prizes and the same reporting system as the youth program. It was worth it to see the…