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Keep your cool with the Kids! @ Your Library Tool Kit

Greetings from the ALSC Public Awareness Committee!

Summer is nearly here, and with temperatures rising, and kids out of school, what’s a busy librarian to do?

Keep your cool with the Kids! @ your library® tool kit, which has some great ideas to help you with your summer program plans!

Here are 10 FREE ideas from our online tool kit to get your summer off to a great start!

More details for each activity can be found at the Kids! Website.

1.       Use our scripts for the “Library Dragon” or “The Chicken and the Librarian” to host your own reader’s theatre program.

2.       Hold a bookmark contest, and distribute the winning bookmarks as part of your summer reading program.

3.       Have your tweens decorate the library entrance for summer using sidewalk chalk.

4.       Children’s Book Week is around the corner — visit the CBW website for posters, bookmarks, and activities!

5.       Host a library-themed treasure hunt at your library.

6.       Let your tweens Build-A-Bot using modeling clay and wind-up walker toys.

7.       Check out our list of songs about reading and libraries to have your kids singing about the joys of the library all summer long.

8.       Share our list of the Top 10 Things to do at the Library with your kids

9.       Host an Underpants @ Your Library party, featuring Captain Underpants! (from Maggie Ahrens at the York County Library System)

10.   May is Get Caught Reading Month, so take photos of your kids reading around the library (the sillier the better!) and create a poster of Kids Caught Reading for your library (don’t forget your photo release forms!)

Happy programming!

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