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All Together Now 2023 SRP

But It’s Still Winter…

Believe it or not, this is my 20th year working – as a paid employee – in Central Florida libraries. If you include volunteering…well…that’d be most of my life. From all I’ve ever experienced, you can never be fully or overly prepared for a season of summer reading programming. As a matter of fact, I am known for ALWAYS having a backup plan for each program, right down to duplicates of mission critical equipment. Sounds like a military operation, doesn’t it?

So, yes, it’s January and we are talkin’ All Together Now, our 2023 Summer Reading Program!

Nitty Gritty, Nuts and Bolts

I always love a tool kit, a place I can have everything in one spot, like a Swiss Army knife. I’m based in Florida, but this seems to have universal appeal:

Click here for the national level site all about our summer reading program
Here’s my point of contact in Florida — lots of great intel for you to peruse or use

CSLP 2023 Program Resources

2023 Summer Program (and beyond) Resources:

Overview of popular online reading program tracking systems

Take and Make Activities examples from Colorado libraries

StoryWalk® Resources and examples from Colorado libraries

Let ‘Em Be: Passive Programming for Adults Resource Kit

Ideas from a few State Library’s Workshops:

Organizations for Potential Partnerships and/or Resources

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Crafts & Creative Programming Ideas

Kits & Curated Collections

Projects for Libraries

Teen Programming


The virtual summer learning programming workshops were held in two parts in January 2023. Click “CC” in the video to get captions of the videos for accessibility and/or convenience.

Part 1

Part 2

What I am up to

This summer I’m pulling out all the stops and using my battery of tried and true.

Resources I use:

Quite possibly the most important books, and perfect for this summer:

I’m Your Neighbor Books

Playing For Change

Have a look at the Playing for Change YouTube channel and get inspired! Record all your libraries all playing the same song, then splice it all together and post it! Amazing content!

Putumayo World Music

Quite possibly the best World Music collection around

Ideas for some shows:

Biblioburro (Jeanette Winters book) shadow puppet show

Turn this picture book into a puppet show — super easy!

We Are All Earthlings — super easy with lots of puppets, perfect for junior volunteers!

Some activities I am doing:

We are going to do most of these outside, all summer long!

Going to borrow heavily from this:

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