One for all and all for one
Ah, summer… Kids reading,
Wonderful … and yet, I have a complaint.
(photo credits below)
I’ll begin by stating, unequivocally, that I am a fan of the Collaborative Summer Library Program and I mean no disrespect to the people who contribute countless hours to its planning. A themed summer reading program is fun and invigorating, adding variety and inspiration to the summer season. This year’s theme is science. When I visit schools and tell kids that we’ll be focusing on science this summer, they erupt in excitement. Science is fun. Science is cool. They’re thrilled.
When they arrive at the library with their families, however, they’re often more confused than excited. When confronted with three different programs (kids, teens, adults) with three different slogans they’re unsure. They often register for the wrong program.
“What does this mean?” “Do I sign up for this, too?” “It’s not the same for her brother?” “I’m an adult. This isn’t for me.” “How does it work again?“
I believe that it’s time for one slogan for all. If we want to promote family and community reading and cohesiveness, let’s have everyone on the same page. Sure, contract with different illustrators for age-appropriate graphics, but make it easy and give the program one name. Surely we can come up with a slogan that will appeal to the masses. Right?
Next year’s slogans (all good ones, BTW) are already set in stone; but for 2016, I’d like to see one for all and all for one!
(For another commentary and chance to weigh in on CSLP, read Liz Burns’ post, “In Defense of CSLP” at A Chair, A Fireplace, & A Tea Cozy.)
- StateLibQld 1 115956 “Woman and child sitting on the beach at Sandgate, Brisbane, ca. 1907” Public domain photograph
- “Girl Reading at the Beach and a Dog” by By El coleccionista de instantes [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
- “Woman Reading at the Beach” by jgoge [CC-BY-2.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons