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2012 Summer Reading Mini-Grants Have Been Awarded

This year 72 public library sites will receive summer reading Mini-Grants from the Colorado State Library.  Each library will receive $200 to purchase books for their collection. “With over 200,000 children participating in summer reading in Colorado, we hope these funds get more books into children’s hands,” said Eugene Hainer, Assistant Commissioner with the Colorado State Library.

In 2011, a total of 240,110 Colorado residents participated in summer reading programs in public libraries. Of these readers, there were 152,720 children, 43,695 teens, and 16,824 adults.

Visit the State Library’s mini-grants page to see a list and map of the 72 library sites receiving a grant.  Continue reading ‘2012 Summer Reading Mini-Grants Have Been Awarded’

First issue of “YS News” now available

Check out the first issue of the new monthly newsletter for youth services librarians! YS News will feature articles on learning development, summer reading updates, timely tidbits like grant opportunities and interesting resources, children’s and teen literature news, and an exchange of what’s going on in CO libraries.

See the first issue here (PDF)

Would you like to see a topic covered in the newsletter? Want to share info about your programs? Or perhaps contribute an article? Contact the State Library’s Youth & Family Services Consultant, Beth Crist, 303-866-6908.

Apply Now for a 2012 Summer Reading Mini-Grant

Public libraries may now apply for a 2012 Summer Reading mini-grant! The Colorado State Library will award a limited number of mini-grants of $200 each for public libraries to support, enhance, and promote the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) statewide summer reading themes in their local communities.

The themes for 2012 are “Dream Big – READ!” (children), “Own the Night” (teens), and “Between the Covers” (adults). Priority will be given to libraries below 10,000 Legal Service Area population and libraries in non-metro locations. Per IMLS guidelines, the mini-grant funding should be spent on books.
Summer Reading 2012
To be eligible for a 2012 mini-grant, libraries must have submitted the 2011 summer reading report AND be registered for the 2012 statewide summer reading themes.

APPLY NOW!

DEADLINE: Friday, January 31, 2012

Questions:
Beth Crist, 303-866-6908
Youth & Family Services Consultant, Colorado State Library

Fall Youth Services Workshops a Success!

The State Library offered 6 interactive, informative youth services workshops in Rifle, Eagle, Pueblo, Englewood, Boulder, and Dolores in October and November. A total of 132 attendees (an unfortunately timed snowstorm near Pueblo lessened attendance) from 47 library jurisdictions came to learn about the 2012 summer reading program and early literacy, and to network with colleagues.

Kathy Barco, Children’s Librarian at the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System in New Mexico, presented the lively morning session highlighting the 2012 summer reading program theme of night time at all 6 sessions. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) members Jana Ackerman, Lisa Chipouras, Laura Baldassari-Hackstaff, Melissa Depper, and Becky Campbell offered informative, useful afternoon sessions on early literacy, including an overview of the newly revised Every Child Ready to Read program.

Handouts from the workshops are available, including Becky Campbell’s early literacy presentation. Continue reading ‘Fall Youth Services Workshops a Success!’

Youth Services Workshops – Register Now!

Registration for the 2011 Youth Services Workshops is now open. Public librarians, school librarians, and those interested in youth services programming are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Register now! (Please register at least 1 week in advance.)

Download flyer (PDF)

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Summer Reading at Carbon Valley – the “Reading 500”

The Carbon Valley Regional Library (High Plains Library District) in Firestone did a “Reading 500” activity this summer. Jan Cruz explains, “Each car represents a book that a Summer Reading participant read. The cars have the title of the book, author and first name of the person who read the book.” Kristi Madron (from the Centennial Park Library, also in High Plains), says this was “A fun idea in how to encourage a community to read and participate at the library.” Summer readers exceeded expectations and this turned into the “Reading 617”! See below for the video.


Summer Reading at Spanish Peaks Library District

The folks at Spanish Peaks Library District in Walsenburg have posted some of their 2011 summer reading photos online.  Library Assistant Jeanne Hoyt says, “A picture tells a story and now you can see what our story has been this summer… Great memories to all!”

I especially like their idea of playing different games from around the world to go with the “One World, Many Stories” theme. Below, a photo of the kids playing Jogo, a South American game.

Summer Reading AND Mini-Grant Reports Now Online – Due 9/30

From what I’ve been hearing, the summer reading programs at public libraries all around the state have been a smashing success this year. Please tell us all about yours!

  1. The 2011 Summer Reading Report is to be completed by ALL public libraries, whether they used the statewide theme or made their own. Please choose one person to report for your entire jurisdiction.
  2. The 2011 LSTA Mini-Grant Report is to be completed only by libraries that received a mini-grant for their 2011 summer reading program. If your library jurisdiction received multiple grants, please submit a separate report for each location.

Due date: Friday, September 30

Even More Summer Reading Around the State

To keep up our coverage of Colorado summer reading programs around the state, here are some great photos from Lara Young, Teen Services Manager at Wilkinson Public Library in Telluride.  Lara says Wilkinson PL is doing a “create your reality”  summer reading program this year.

Wilkinson PL Mural #2

“Our teens are reading and uploading their reviews-we can’t keep up with them!  Continue reading ‘Even More Summer Reading Around the State’

READ Pins for Summer Reading 2012 – ORDER NOW!

You may now place your order for READ pins for the 2012 statewide summer reading program.

We received 158 votes for this year’s pin (!!!), but this design (adjusted due to 2012 READ Pinfeedback from many of you) was the clear winner.

Following the same procedure as previous years, the Colorado State Library will place a large pin order and would be glad to “piggyback” and add your order to ours. This is a great way to promote next year’s programs, and placing a large order will make it cost effective for all of us.

Pricing details: $0.60 each (lower than last year!)

You will be emailed an invoice with the total amount owed, and this will be payable once you receive the pins in late September/early October. NOTE: A $5 shipping & handling charge will be added for orders being shipped outside of Colorado.

We will submit our bulk order on 8/12, so please submit your order NO LATER THAN Thursday, August 11th. Thank you!