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It's a Summer Reading Twitter Chat!

June 21st is the National Summer Learning Day.  Celebrate by participating in a Twitter Chat from 3-4pm, eastern, about summer reading.  Use the hashtag #SLDRead.  Learn more at

Added by YALSA on June 13, 2013 at 9:22am — No Comments

Scholastic Summer Challenge 2013

In case some of you need another resource to help you engage kids in your SRP, Scholastic has their Summer Challenge 2013 where kids "read, log minutes, and earn rewards". Might be just something extra you can ask your the kids/teens in your SRP to do on the side for fun since there are some incentives with winning books and such!

To learn more about it, visit the…


Added by YALSA on June 6, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Get Schooled! Virtual Summer Book Club

Need to get your teens to keep up with their reading this summer? Here's a great idea. is promoting a Virtual Summer Book Club.Teens can compete with other teens online to win books, gift cards, and even e-readers! All they have to do is sign up and log on to the website each week and earn points by participating in activities such book chats, play games, take polls, recommend books to other teens, and more. These points can then be used to score cool gifts!



Added by YALSA on May 29, 2013 at 10:36am — No Comments

Article -- Evaluating Summer Reading Programs: Suggested Improvements

Here is a very informative research article posted by Public Library Online that goes in depth about Summer Reading Programs and their benefits, as well as suggested improvements that can help boost SRP success.

Evaluating Summer Reading Programs

Added by YALSA on May 23, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments

Maker Party 2013 -- Celebrate "Making!"

Here's a great initiative about "making" and learning through the worldwide web. This is a great way to celebrate learning on a grander scale. You can sign up to "join the maker party" and join in on the celebration. Themes and events that took place ranged from journalism to robot making, and traveling.

Here's a blurb about it from the Mozilla website:

Join people around the world to celebrate making—and the…


Added by YALSA on May 22, 2013 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Article About a Successful SRP and Engaging Teens

Here's an insightful interview from the School Library Journal with a Youth Librarian who talks about her success with engaging teens at her library. In the interview, the librarian, Lindsey Tomsu talks about her programming goals, how-to's, why she's been successful, and more.

Here's a tidbit from the article/interview:

“The reason why my programming has become so successful is because I have given a voice to my teens and have made them an integral part of [it],” says…


Added by YALSA on May 16, 2013 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Make Summer -- The Summer of Making and Connecting

Here is a new and exciting campaign called "The Summer of Making and Connecting" that everyone should check out.It revolves around creating and organizing summer events, programs, projects, etc for youth in order to engage them in learning through their interests.

Here's a more detailed tidbit of what the campaign intends to do:

The Summer of Making and Connecting organizes hundreds of events, projects and programs in communities across the nation, around the world, and…


Added by YALSA on May 9, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Project:Connect -- Summer Youth Programming Competition

Hi all,

For those interested in Summer Youth Programming, HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation is having a Summer Youth Programming Competition. Applications are now being accepted and there is a reward of up to $10,000 for the event/programming proposal that will "excite and enable youth to engage the web in civil, collaborative, productive, safe, and confidence-building ways".

Here are the…


Added by YALSA on May 9, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments


Looking for some recommended reading for your teen? Check out the Beneath the Summer Recommended Reading list and other book lists and awards under the recommended reading tab!

Suggested Reading for Beneath the Surface

Book Awards

Book Lists

Added by YALSA on May 2, 2013 at 11:45am — No Comments

Fourth Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest

Hi all,

Just thought I'd share a great summer reading activity/contest with you all.The New York Times is holding their Fourth Annual Summer Reading Contest.

The contest encourages teens ages 13 - 19 to pick a piece from the New York Times and write about why it interests them. One winner will be featured weekly. The contest runs from June 14 through August 16.

This is a great activity for teens -- especially for those who are interested in…


Added by YALSA on April 29, 2013 at 9:57am — No Comments

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