If we sincerely want to encourage reading, then we should look at the evidence. Data supporting the use of SRP incentives to increase reading performance is sorely lacking. However, there is ample evidence to demonstrate the detrimental effects of rewards on just about every endeavor. When rewards are involved, people tend to do the bare minimum to obtain the prize, do it poorly, and enjoy it less.
Posts Tagged ‘summer reading programs’
It’s that time of year again when our nation’s youth flock to their local public libraries to participate in this year’s summer reading program.
Even when school is out for the summer, some school libraries in Baltimore are open for business, providing books, activities, and meals to hundreds of Baltimore City students.
In the field of public librarianship, it is well known that readers’ advisory is a vital component of the job. Each librarian has his/her own resources to accomplish this task. Databases, word-of-mouth, and a librarian’s own personal reading experiences are just a few examples in a librarian’s tool kit. Now another means of advisory has become available for youth services librarians, Beanstack .
Summertime can be pretty overwhelming in a public library, even if you don’t work in youth services. Thanks to an increase in unstructured time, the library becomes a popular place for students and their families. At my library, we also see an uptick in usage from residents who do not have school-age children and come in to stock up on books and media before heading off on vacation. While the rest of the world is getting the chance to relax, we’re kicking it into high gear in order to provide the best possible service for our patrons.
The Vernon Area Public Library District (VAPLD) in Lincolnshire, Illinois, is engaging with its patrons in a really fun way to promote this year’s Summer Reading Club (SRC) theme: Read to the Rhythm. We wanted to reach more adults, teens, tweens, kids, and babies. What we came up with was an SRC promotional video that parodied Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars.
When Library Director Gale Bacon began leading the Belgrade Community Library, the roof was leaking. Nine years later, BCL was selected by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as the Best Small Rural Library in the country. What can public librarians learn from her experience to improve their own libraries?
Get out your guitar, ukulele, maracas, and tambourine! Winter has just begun, but librarians across the country are choreographing their “Read to the Rhythm” summer.
Our message to new librarians as they embark on their first summer reading programming season.
YALSA has started counting down with its last 100 Days Till Summer initiative. Here are some highlights of their Summer Reading & Learning site for activities and ideas to help you get ready for your summer reading or learning program.
Part of being a public librarian means that every summer you will scour your community seeking prizes for your summer reading program. Typically it is food coupons for the children’s program or convincing your Friends group to buy you an e-reader or MP3 player to use as grand prize for adult readers. Finding prizes seems to be getting more challenging every year, so we put together a few tips to help you in your search: