Foster a love of reading in your young patrons by building intrinsic motivators into your summer reading program.
About Amanda Bressler
Amanda is the former Youth Outreach Librarian at the Boston Public Library, for which she visited hospitals, schools, juvenile detention centers, farmers markets and more. Currently, Amanda is the Supervisor of Youth Services at the Newton Free Library (MA) and serves on the ALSC Building Partnerships Committee.
Library summer reading programs are key to keeping kids engaged and learning over the summer, a time when many kids experience learning loss. Libraries are starting to take a closer look at their traditional programs and asking, “How can we have an ever bigger impact?” And some have already enhanced their programs by transforming them into a summer learning model. Learn the reasoning behind this change from Youth Services Supervisor Amanda Bressler, and gain 5 steps to get you started in your own transformation.
Offering outreach services like bedside storytimes and volunteer training is an extremely rewarding way to support hospitalized children and their families. Gather tips and advice for reaching out to hospital staff, launching a partnership and designing your programs.