[Grantees] 2018 Summer Learning Resource Grantee Space

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Kelly D. Dennison, Branch Manager                                        Meigs Public Library  Meigs, Georgia

Hello!  I am Kelly, the branch manager for a small rural library in Meigs, GA.  Our town is somewhat a ghost town and really the library is the only place for children and teens to go in the Summer.  With this grant, I am hoping to provide better programs and crafts for the Summer as well as having a big end of the year party.  These children need it.  I'm still fine tuning my schedule but will have it up and posted in the next few weeks. I enjoy reading all your wonderful ideas and hope to talk to more of you during the summer. 

Great idea Holly, I wish they would've kept our bookmobile running here in Thomas County.  The children in these rural communities sure could use it.  I applaud your dedication!

Holly Evans said:

Hello All,

My name is Holly Evans, and I am the Youth Services Librarian for the Marion County Library System. In my position, I work with the youth services departments at each of our three branches and on the bookmobile. Though most of my time is spent at the system's main branch, the Marion County Public Library, our greatest need is on the bookmobile. Recently, we have noticed that our patron base for bookmobile services is declining, especially at the low income housing areas we visit. In response to the decline, we really want to revamp our services. Currently, the bookmobile (due to our county being very rural and spread out) is used as more of a door-to-door service. However, the goal is to provide programming from the bookmobile, in areas where we are able to park and reach several people at once, so that patrons can have a more complete library experience. Additionally, the library does not get many teen patrons, and this is also something we would like to change.

So, for our Summer Learning Resource Grant project, we are going to take the bookmobile to each of the low income communities in our areas once a month for special, on-site programming that will introduce the children to what the library has to offer. For instance, one month, we plan on doing a "library taste testing" program in which we will show the kids the different types of programs and services available at the library. 

I look forward to hearing what each of you have planned!

Thanks,

Holly

P.S. - Here is a picture of our bookmobile:

Here is a picture of the Marion County Public Library: 

Hi all, 

I'm Mandy Pinyan. I'm the Manager of Outreach and Youth Services Coordinator for the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library system in Huntsville, AL. We have 13 branches, and I oversee the Outreach Department and Bookmobile as well as Youth Services Librarians throughout the county. 

Our SRP served a lot of kids and teens last year. I am personally involved with incarcerated teens and at-risk teens. Our Bookmobile visits a homeless shelter, too and there are homeless youth there. I wanted to be able to support our local schools Summer Reading assignments (we support three public school systems and a few private institutions as well) with instructional materials purchases.So many of our students are at risk, living at or near the poverty line or even homeless. So many of them cannot afford to purchase the required reading materials over the summer, and we can only purchase so many with our ever-dwindling funds. It's a crucial enterprise for our entire system during the summer months, and a real focus for our circulation efforts. 

Our area is also big on STEAM, and we just opened our first library with a makerspace. It is still in its infancy (staff-wise and policy-wise...which is a little frustrating at the moment) and it is my hope to utilize it for teen classes during the summer. I agree with you guys about food- so maybe I'll just print some pizzas :P  But seriously- feed them and they will come. 

I also see that our program is growing so much, and want to be able to use funds to provide materials for activities/programs and end of summer party stuff and prizes for them. We get a lot of teen volunteers that work and attend programs, and the relationships we build with them are priceless. 

I love what I am seeing so far, and am hoping to incorporate more ideas for our branch locations to use during the summer, so keep them coming! 

Hi there!  I am the branch head of a small urban library in Saginaw, Michigan.  Because we're only open part-time, I also work as an outreach librarian in our community.  I'm excited to be using these grant dollars to update and build the book collection at our juvenile detention center.  Our state representative, Vanessa Guerra, wants to partner with us for this weekly outreach endeavor as well. 

  

That's great! It's always good to hear about library partnerships. 

Hello my name is Tressie Fowler. I am the library media specialist at Danville High School. 

Our school is located in rural Danville, Arkansas with a city population less than 5,000 people.  The main employment opportunities lie in the agriculture industry with a live kill poultry plant being the main supplier of jobs for our students’ families. Specifically, my students need books.  They need their very own books that they can take home over the summer and keep and read, something that is theirs. Books that belong only to them.

Our library is positioned to address these needs by taking the students on a field trip to the closest bookstore 70 miles away.  Most have never been to a bookstore. Many families do not have their own vehicles. Many of our students rarely leave the county.  The farthest they travel is with their parents on a Saturday to the local Walmart which is 19.5 miles away.

With our grant funds we took 20 students on a field trip to the Books-a-Million Bookstore in Conway, Arkansas.  Each student spent $50 on books of their choice. The research shows that students who enjoy recreational reading are more successful academically.  During summer break, many of my teens will want to grab something fun to read, and YALSA and our high school library made this happen for our teens.

The $1,000 was all spent on books. Students did their own shopping, spent hours previewing and looking through books, and selecting the books they wished to purchase to read. Can you feel the excitement of twenty teenagers rolling into a new town, with $50 in their pocket to spend, in a store that they had never known existed, or ever had the opportunity to visit?  It was AMAZING!!!!

Throughout the summer, students have agreed to share with me their thoughts and feelings about our program so stay tuned. I will post student responses as they come in.....

Love the BOOK MOBILE!

Kelly D. Dennison said:

Great idea Holly, I wish they would've kept our bookmobile running here in Thomas County.  The children in these rural communities sure could use it.  I applaud your dedication!

Holly Evans said:

Hello All,

My name is Holly Evans, and I am the Youth Services Librarian for the Marion County Library System. In my position, I work with the youth services departments at each of our three branches and on the bookmobile. Though most of my time is spent at the system's main branch, the Marion County Public Library, our greatest need is on the bookmobile. Recently, we have noticed that our patron base for bookmobile services is declining, especially at the low income housing areas we visit. In response to the decline, we really want to revamp our services. Currently, the bookmobile (due to our county being very rural and spread out) is used as more of a door-to-door service. However, the goal is to provide programming from the bookmobile, in areas where we are able to park and reach several people at once, so that patrons can have a more complete library experience. Additionally, the library does not get many teen patrons, and this is also something we would like to change.

So, for our Summer Learning Resource Grant project, we are going to take the bookmobile to each of the low income communities in our areas once a month for special, on-site programming that will introduce the children to what the library has to offer. For instance, one month, we plan on doing a "library taste testing" program in which we will show the kids the different types of programs and services available at the library. 

I look forward to hearing what each of you have planned!

Thanks,

Holly

P.S. - Here is a picture of our bookmobile:

Here is a picture of the Marion County Public Library: 

Hi, I'm Tia Jennings and I'm a Youth and Family Engagement Specialist at Baltimore County Public Library. Baltimore County has a population of 805,000 and we have 19 branches spread all around the county. We service a very diverse community, as some of our branches are very close to Baltimore City and some are in more rural areas (almost near Pennsylvania). I coordinate system-wide teen and out-of-school time programming for our 19 branches and mobile services. With our Summer Learning Resources grant, we are thrilled to be able to provide funds towards our 10 Summer Teen Workshops which are free, 3-5 day workshops that allow teens to explore and experience a career/field that may interest them. They will learn from experienced teachers and end the week in some form of culminating project. Free lunch is provided at some of the workshops. This year we are offering improvisation, drone making, babysitting 101, gardening, film/media production, veterinary science, robotics, and photography. Teens that attend all days of their workshop will receive an Itunes gift card on the last day. The grant funding went directly towards workshops that are being offered in deserving areas. We are grateful to be able to provide these additional workshops and know that the teens in those areas will be thrilled as well. Looking forward to reading what everyone else is doing this summer!

Hi All, I am super excited about this grant and how we at the Turner Free Library will be using it. I'm Liz, the Asst. Director/Teen and Tech Librarian and I generally manage about 60 teens after school daily in our public library. We are in the second most diverse town in Massachusetts and have a great bunch of kids. Over the summer we have an uptick in teen volunteers as well as teens looking for employment so this summer I will be using this grant to help me run my summer volunteer program. I have hired two teen interns (who will learn job skills such as planning, management, and even marketing) to run a "beautify your library campaign" as well as a "puppet theater and show creation". They will manage their peers (the volunteers) every Wednesday this summer as well as put together an end of summer puppet show to be performed for local children! 

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