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Children's Services: Summer Reading: What We Do/Why We Do It

An Overview of Adolescent Reading Research

The Numbers Game

See Jennifer Rummel's Prezi 

Connecting the Research to Summer Reading Goals

Facts and Figures About Summer Reading:

Summer Learning Loss and Library Summer Reading Programs from the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
The Importance of Summer Reading: Public Library Summer Reading Programs and Learning from the New York State Library.

Goals and Objectives:

Checklist: Planning and Organizing Your Summer Reading Program from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.
Sample Goals: 


Evaluating Summer Reading Programs: Suggested Improvements by Joe Matthews at Public Libraries Online, May 10, 2013.

Summer Reading Incentives

Videos from the Power Point:

Promoting Motivation, Health, and Excellence: Ed Deci at TEDxFlourCity.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by The RSA.  

Articles and Websites:

Self Determination Theory - Definition.
Seven Rules of Engagement: What's Most Important to Know About Motivation to Read by Linda Gambrell in The Reading Teacher, v65 #3, 172-178.
Rewards for Students Under a Microscope by Lisa Guernsey, New York Times Health section, March 2, 2009.
A Closer Look at Reading Incentive Programs, excerpt from Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn (Houghton Mifflin, 1993/1999).
Summer Reading Incentives: Positive or Pernicious? by Suzanne M. Stauffer in Children and Libraries, Summer/Fall 2009.
Giving Up PrizesThose Summer Reading Club Prizes by Abby the Librarian, June 12, 2014.
Giving Up Prizes: Summer Prizes - Good-Bye!! at Tiny Tips for Library Fun, April 28, 2014.
Anecdote: "Daddy, I Want a Book Buck!" by Joe Bower at for the love of learning, October 9, 2012.
Avoid Pitfalls - Don't Make it a Contest!: Tyler Weaver, 9, Criticized by Librarian for Reading Too Much by Rebecca Klein at The Huffington Post, August 22, 2013.

Research Articles/Theses:

Rewards and Employee Creative Performance: Moderating Effects of Creative Self-Efficacy, Reward Importance, and Locus of Control by Muhammad Abdur Rahman Malik, Arif N. Butt and Jin Nam Choi in the Journal of Organizational Behavior 36, 59-71 (2015).
The Use of Incentives for Motivating Students to Read by Trina M. West, a Master's Thesis Capstone Project, SUNY at Fredonia, May 2014.
The Effects of Rewards in Reading Incentive Programs on Reading Motivation, Attitude and Participation in Middle School Students by Brynn Beavers, Georgia Southern University, 2013.

Ideas for Alternatives

Free Stuff?:

In Search of Free Books by Rachael Walker - places you might be able to get books for program incentives.


Gaming in Libraries - The Course: Join Scott Nicholson to learn about Gaming in Libraries. A multi-part free video course.
Game ideas and info on Pinterest at CSLDLD Childrens.
Performing Literacies: A Minecraft Summer Reading Program by James T. Burling.

Multiple Entry Points:

A New Spin on the Summer Book Club by Lauren Luchenski in The Queen's University Journal, September 10, 2015. (all online)
The Unconventional Summer Reading Club by Karen Jensen at SLJ, May 10, 2012. (ways to include non-readers)
Summer Reading Program: Purposeful Fun by Karen Pundsack in Public Libraries Online, June 16, 2014.
40 Alternative Assessment Ideas for Learning by Charity Preston from (other possibilities)
Summer LIBRARY Club: Where Prizes and Cheating go to Die at Library Bonanza, July 16, 2014. (counting library visits)


Six Tips to Launch Summer Reading from Donalyn Miller at Booksource Banter
"1) Provide opportunities for students to recommend books. 2) Encourage children to make lists of at least four or five books they would like to read over the [summer] break. 3) Hold a book swap. 4) Oven the school library for a few days a week all summer. 5) Host a library card sign up event. 6) Advise parents to set expectations for their child to read every day."
Ten Tech Tips to Spice Up Summer Reading from The Aside Blog, August 18, 2014.

Summer Reading Programs for Young Adults

Some general resources:

Summer Reading Programs for Teens: A Best Practices Guide for Librarians Working in A Public Library, created by Susan Rodgers, Heather Snapp, Yesica Hurd and Noel Clevenger from The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the iSchool at Illinois.
YALSA Summer Reading Wiki - many links!

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