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5 Ways Covid Has Affected Summer Programming

Library summer programs have changed a lot in the last few years. Maybe that’s a good thing?

More Take and Makes

When programming shut down, many libraries began offering take-and-make bags for patrons. This proved to be so popular that even when programming started back, libraries continued to offer take-and-makes to patrons of all ages. 

Outdoor Programming

For libraries with the space, outdoor programming became a welcome, more safe alternative to indoor programming. Even in the heat of the summer, library staff brought programs outside to a more covid-safe environment. 

Less Programming

When libraries began opening back up and offering programming, many library staff took a look at their regular pre-pandemic programming with a critical eye. Were we prioritizing quantity over quality? Maybe higher quality, less frequent programming is the answer. 

Tracking Apps 

While many libraries were already using online tracking programs for their summer reading, some used their library’s closure to introduce a new alternative to in person, paper logs. Popular apps such as Beanstack have made it easier than ever to participate in summer reading programs. 

Activities Outside 

With the lack of in person programs libraries looked outside their walls for programming. Virtual programs became incredibly popular as well as outdoor passive programs such as StoryWalks. 

How has your summer programming changed? Leave a comment below. 

This blog addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: I. Commitment to Client Group and III. Programming Skills

Cassie Chenoweth is a Youth Services Librarian II for Cobb County Public Library. She is writing this post on behalf of the Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee. You can contact her at

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