The SRC Programming Guide

Quick Reference Guide #3: Go! (December – January)


Quick Reference Guide #3: Go! (December – January)

Somewhere between getting ready for and planning your Summer Reading Club the time arrives for you to Go to Work and deliver your program.

It is in the delivery of your program that you will find the reward of your efforts in engaging with children, young people and their families during the summer period. Libraries continually share that they are excited and pleased with their involvement in the Summer Reading Club and express that it is a fun and exciting way to encourage children to continue to read and visit the library during the holidays.

Use the following tips to guide you through the delivery of your program (and remember—have fun!):

1. Launch your Summer Reading Club. This can be a simple event held one morning or afternoon during the first week you start the Summer Reading Club. Some libraries will launch their program in schools before school lets out, others include raffles, prize drawings, games and local entertainers (clowns, magicians etc). For more ideas refer to the Programming ideas section of this

2. Register participation of children and young people using the paper template (available for download from the SRC Dropbox, located on the Resources page of the Summer Reading Club program website or use the online registration form, located on the SRC Themed or Club site.)

  • You may want to designate a specific location or information kiosk for children and young people to register at.
  • Registration should be unhurried and friendly—each child should be made to feel special and welcome.
  • Highlight children who are returning to the library to once again participate in the SRC.
  • You may want to give first-time visitors a tour of the library—or at least an orientation of the area’s that will be most appealing to children and young people.
  • Record participant details including their name, level, gender and Library membership number–or suggest they join the library if not a member. Collecting this information is important as it provides an overview of participant statistics and assists with the planning of future Summer Reading Clubs.

3. Direct participants to the SRC Club site to post book raves, artwork, and to engage in the online activities and national competitions. During the holiday period, you may consider using the Summer Reading Club themed activity website as the home page on your library computers.

4. Engage with participants:

  • Provide participants with a participation pack which may include a bookmark, sticker, tattoo and activity sheets relevant to their age level.
  • Distribute and collect Reading Logs. The responsibility of reading and submitting reading logs is left with the participant. You may want to encourage increased participation by
    connecting the return of their logs to entry into a prize draw or other incentive based system. The collection of the participant reading logs will enable you to report back the number of books
    recorded as having been read by participants in your library.
  • Recommend books to read. Have a conversation with your younger library patrons and their families. Find out what is of interest them and offer suggestions of books and other materials to
    borrow. Encourage them to keep track of what they are reading on their reading logs.
  • Deliver themed activities.
  • Host in-house competitions associated with participation.
  • Give out prizes and incentives to encourage participants and help them identify as being part of a community of readers—the Summer Reading Club of readers.
    • Use the SRC Merchandise to reward your SRC participants for completing book logs, attending SRC activities, and completing library challenges. Some libraries will put one of each item in their SRC sign-up/participation packs, while others use the collateral as prizes in lucky dips. It’s really up to you!
    • Give out reusable/recycled book bags with the library’s name or logo on them when people sign up. This will help children and teens recognise other summer reading participants and help them feel like they are part of a community.
    • When participants have read a certain number of pages or books, or read for a certain number of hours, place a personalized bookplate in their honour on a new library book of their choice.
    • If budget allows, give books as summer reading prizes. Try to buy a selection of books so that children and teens can choose which book they would like.

5. Collect feedback. Encourage children, young people and their parents to give feedback on your Summer Reading Club and on the SRC Program by completing the SRC Feedback forms available for download from the SRC Dropbox. You may wish to include a copy of these forms in the registration packs or email them the online survey links.

6. Celebrate your Summer Reading Club Members at the end of the program. Host a party or end of program celebration and present all participating children and young people with a participation certificate and prizes from any competitions you developed. Let them know you hope to see them the following summer!

7. Complete the Library Feedback and Evaluation form. The return of data assists in improving the quality of the national SRC program and ensures that an evidence-based approach to decision making is used. Feedback from libraries also ensures the program continues to reflect the needs of libraries and those of the children and young people in their communities. Notification of how to submit end of program data will be provided by email, prior to the conclusion of the program.