Some of our local schools will be participating in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Scholastic made a presentation at the last Terrebonne Association of School Librarians meeting, and there was general discussion of how school librarians might encourage student participation over the summer, when our school buildings are closed.
We were brainstorming some ideas, when one creative elementary school librarian asked if she could volunteer to host a special story time at the public library most of her students use during the summer. Other librarians also expressed interest in this idea, and so I promised to ask our Youth Services Librarian and branch managers if that would fit in with their summer programming. The response has been extremely positive, and one branch reported that the Pre-K coordinator at her local public school has done something similar in the past and it has been a big success.
There was a little initial concern on the public library end about whether the Scholastic Challenge would compete with our public library Summer Reading Program, but the two are not mutually exclusive. Scholastic encourages local summer reading program participation, and students can use the computers at the public library to record the minutes they spent reading their local SRP books, and receive extra encouragement, prizes, interactive reader's advisory, and points for their school that could translate into new books for their school library.