Virginia Public Libraries Extranet

Reading Programs

Winter Reading Program – We will accept orders September – October

Summer Reading Program  complete survey

Summer Reading Program

Slogan is Reading by Design

Summer reading programs are a core program that libraries provide to keep children occupied, learning, and safe and off the streets when schools are not in session.  Other agencies, such as parks and recreation departments, museums, religious organizations, and other profit and non-profit organizations, provide out of school learning opportunities and services to children and teens in the community.

When we put summer reading programs in this greater context of summer learning, it enables us to collaborate and partner with other like-minded organizations.  It also places summer reading in the context of promoting healthy communities.

With this in mind, the Library of Virginia, through its Library Development and Networking Division, is seeking five more library systems to partner with to implement a community approach for the 2016 summer reading program.  We have adapted our project from the Cities of Learning Project (now call Cities of LRNG).  We fully expect to implement this program statewide in 2017.

The National Summer Learning Association says “Summer Starts in September” because the process of planning, delivering, and improving summer learning programs is continuous. So just as the program ends, planning for the next year should begin.

Summer Starts in September is a comprehensive guide that has everything you need to plan your summer learning program. As you progress through your planning, the TRAIN, ASSESS, and REFLECT companion guides will support you to “complete the cycle.

As you PLAN, Set summer learning program quality improvement goals, as well as develop and and implement a plan for achieving them.

TRAIN The TRAIN companion guide will help you develop understanding and ownership of summer learning program quality goals and strategies.

ASSESS – The ASSESS companion guide will help you look for evidence of quality improvement during your summer learning program.

REFLECT  The REFLECT companion guide will support you as you review program data and debrief with key stakeholders of your summer learning program.

Please contact Enid Costley enid.costley@lva.virginia.gov to request a copy of the book.

This site is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is managed by the The Library of Virginia Library Development and Networking Division. Copyright 2003-2016.