This is an important conversation! We all want to get good books to
readers. I am a middle high school librarian and want my students to go to
public libraries during the summer. I also know that they do not. I give
my students a book mark with times and dates of when the various town
libraries are open. I call all the libraries in May to ask if my students
should know something special about summer programming. All the libraries
want to provide services to this population. What else can I do as a
school librarian to support this programming?
On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM, Peggy Malley <[log in to unmask]
> Our summer reading program has been very well attended. We hold our
> activities on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 pm it seems to be a good time for
> We are also experiencing lower numbers of YA and middle school readers. We
> have a wonderful collection of YA books as well and they are just not
> getting used. I have recently decided to cut down on the number of YA books
> that I purchase now.
> Peggy Malley
> Library Director
> Ludden Memorial Library
> Dixfield, ME 04224
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> -----Original Message----- From: Mary Anne Libby
> Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2013 7:30 PM
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> Subject: [MELIBS-L] Children's programming, and YA's in the library
> 1. We just finished our stats for the past year and see that our numbers
> for attendance at summer reading program were down. We seem to do much of
> the same type of programs as other libraries, but are wondering if there
> are just so many summer activities (mostly many many summer sports leagues
> now) that we should expect lower numbers. We have often done our programs
> on Saturday mornings, but are wondering if we need to change that -- what
> time of day, and what day of the week do other libraries schedule for this?
> 2. In very recent years (the last two years), our younger readers (middle
> school and high school) are not coming in, though we have a nice collection
> of current YA books, public access computers, and work with the school
> libraries regarding KVBA and MSBA reading. Anyone else seeing lower
> numbers? Because we are a very small library and aren't open many hours,
> it is hard to schedule convenient times for programming for this age group,
> but we'd like to hear ideas from other rural small libraries about this.
> Thanks so much,
> Mary Anne Libby, Lib Asst.
> Dr. Shaw Memorial Library
> Mt. Vernon, ME
Kelley Fraser, MLIS, MEd
284 Walkers Mills Road
Bethel, ME 04217
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