[Or-srp] iREAD Newsletter

BERGQUIST Greta E * SLO Greta.BERGQUIST at slo.oregon.gov
Wed May 5 13:09:12 PDT 2021

Hello Summer Reading folks,

Here’s the newest iREAD newsletter.



From: iREAD Reading Programs <iread at ila.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:44 AM
To: BERGQUIST Greta E * SLO <Greta.BERGQUIST at slo.oregon.gov>
Subject: iREAD Newsletter

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May 5, 2021

iREAD Orders Shipping Update [https://gallery.mailchimp.com/6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55/images/78bfd926-3499-4778-bab8-4ccb4b3acbf9.gif]

iREAD would like to thank all of our customers and provide you with a shipping update. All orders placed by March 1 have been delivered.

The warehouse team is hard at work picking and packing orders placed after March 1 to be delivered by June 1. Orders are shipped in the sequence they are placed and according to our standard shipping schedule<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=ed7cc75750&e=c0a8f58de6>. As a reminder, please check your order as soon as possible when it arrives to ensure all items are accounted for.

If you have any questions, contact iREAD Customer Service at iread at ila.org<mailto:iread at ila.org>.

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55/images/64b873cf-2995-4cc1-9922-1626f1023ed8.gif]iREAD Committee Spotlight

Read on the Wild Side. Reading by Design. Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover. These are just a few examples of some excellent summer reading program themes created by ILA's very own iREAD team.  The chances are that your library, along with thousands of other libraries across the country, has implemented one of the themes in the past! This year, libraries in the states of Minnesota, California, Alaska, Iowa, Oregon, and worldwide by the Department of Defense for libraries on military bases will be using this summer's iREAD theme, Reading Colors Your World.

[https://mcusercontent.com/6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55/images/5a2939a5-5e91-a056-fc60-ce2786cbe805.png]The iREAD committee is a team of librarians and library staff who collaboratively create a flexible reading program with universal themes, appealing incentives, eye-catching artwork, and a resource guide full of program ideas and reproducibles. The committee starts planning each year's program almost three years in advance! For example, 2023 iREAD chair Donna Block started planning her theme "Find Your Voice" in the fall of 2020!

How is a theme chosen? The chair provides a variety of theme ideas, and with the assistance of the current iREAD committee members, a theme is chosen.  iREAD then collects taglines, and librarians have the opportunity to help narrow down the theme to the final tagline selection! After the theme and slogan are selected, potential illustrators are identified and work begins on capturing the theme in artwork. This summer, the 2023 team will start working its magic to create a formidable summer reading program. Each summer reading program has its own team of coordinators, including a chair, resource guide coordinator, booth coordinator, showcase coordinator, and publicity coordinator. There is also a Youth Services Forum liaison, Young Adult Forum liaison, Adult liaison, and ILA board liaison assisting with the planning and implementation. The iREAD committee consists of two summer reading theme teams; this year's committee consists of the 2021 team and 2022 team plus the 2023 Chair, 2020 past chair (ambassador), and the California iREAD committee members.

In addition to the iREAD committee, there is also an iREAD Resource Guide Taskforce.  The Resource Guide Coordinator leads the task force, which consists of Chapter Leads and Chapter team members. The task force consists of librarians across the United States. Together, they create a resource guide full of activities, graphics, crafts, reading lists, and much more for children, teens, and adults.

[https://mcusercontent.com/6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55/images/fa17cfd6-b0a5-45d2-972f-e59e8a7e3559.png]The theme for iREAD's 2021 summer reading program is Reading Colors Your World. The broad motif of "colors" provides a context for exploring humanity, nature, culture, and science, as well as developing programming that demonstrates how libraries and reading can expand the reader's world through kindness, growth, and community. Library patrons young and old will be encouraged to be creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity. Upcoming years' themes include Read Beyond the Beaten Path (2022) and Find Your Voice (2023).

Meet the current iREAD Committee Members.<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=24ffdc742e&e=c0a8f58de6>

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55/images/78bfd926-3499-4778-bab8-4ccb4b3acbf9.gif]NSLS Presents Voices of Summer Webinar Series

[https://mcusercontent.com/6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55/images/2c5e7eea-e02f-49af-9e84-34273e5d3581.png]To find out more or register for any of these upcoming webinars, please visit the NSLA Voices of Summer webpage.<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=632ea3b020&e=c0a8f58de6>

  *   Engaged: Using Summer to Connect with Students and Families
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 2pm ET/11am PT
Engaging students and families over the summer break, especially those facing the biggest challenges from the pandemic, is essential for a successful return to school. Working together we can create a bridge to school an intentional approach that utilizes the summer to create connection, a feeling of belonging and excitement about learning.
Join this Attendance Awareness Campaign webinar to learn how schools, districts, public agencies and community partners can use their attendance and participation data to organize and tailor summer programming. Our speakers will share how they create opportunities for students to play and socialize with peers, engage in fun learning activities and practice the routine of showing up in person. You’ll learn how to use Covid-19 recovery funding to support summer programs and how to grow connections with expanded learning providers and other community partners. Summer is an ideal time to pilot and improve strategies that can be taken to scale during the year and to identify students and families who might need even more support to successfully transition to school in the fall.
To find out more or register for this webinars, please visit the NSLA Voices of Summer webpage.<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=6b344aae26&e=c0a8f58de6>

Summer Reading Collaboration in Batavia[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55/images/64b873cf-2995-4cc1-9922-1626f1023ed8.gif]

<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=bdc4a785b9&e=c0a8f58de6>[https://mcusercontent.com/6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55/images/9b057167-943c-487a-8d5f-340d6abcef75.png]<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=bdc4a785b9&e=c0a8f58de6><https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=bdc4a785b9&e=c0a8f58de6>Christine Edison, Young Adult Librarian at the Batavia Public Library in Illinois, creates a promotional video<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=a9cd9f30da&e=c0a8f58de6> each year for their Summer Reading Club. Christine collaborates with Aimee Miller at the Batavia High School in Illinois and the video is included in a presentation to the students.

Here are just a few of the benefits of this collaboration:

"The incoming high school students do the library's Summer Reading Program, and then I share the statistics with the high school in the fall. In the past, Aimee handed out paper logs to the students in the spring or they could pick them up at the library. Last year, we used Beanstack for the first time to record Summer Reading Club.

The other great part of our collaboration is that the high school sends us copies of the required reading books, which are added to our catalog each summer and then returned to the school in the fall. We purchase some permanent library copies of the books in every format we can find, but we appreciate the school sharing their copies with us."

Thank you Aimee and Christine for answering our call to "Share, Collaborate, and Inspire!" (see below)

Share, Collaborate, and Inspire!
[https://mcusercontent.com/6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55/_compresseds/de877dba-aaee-4afd-aba1-2707ebcb4ae4.jpg]Libraries across the nation have been adapting to this changing world and continue to have incredible ideas on how to transform programming and increase patron engagement in these difficult times for everyone. Why not share those ideas with your colleagues from other states?

Have you conducted a summer reading showcase for your library, library system, or statewide? Share those ideas and showcases with iREAD and we will feature them in a future newsletter. Photos, creative flyers, or other promotional ideas are also welcome! Please submit those as well with a short description.

Submissions featuring your library's preparation for summer reading with the theme Reading Colors Your World<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=bf880fccb6&e=c0a8f58de6> can be emailed to iread at ila.org<mailto:>.

(Image: Terri Murphy<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=02f2fff4c9&e=c0a8f58de6> - 2021 Reading Colors Your World graphics)

iREAD exhibiting at ALA Virtual
Attending the American Library Association (ALA) Virtual Conference
June 23-29, 2021?

[https://mcusercontent.com/6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55/images/416b5333-53dd-4149-b925-4b0d2024f293.png]Make sure to "stop by'' the iREAD booth and check out what we have planned for summer 2022 - Read Beyond the Beaten Path.<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=4a0a578224&e=c0a8f58de6>

During the virtual exhibits you will be able to preview the 2022 theme flier and other resources, as well as enter your information for an iREAD swag drawing.

If you have any questions about the 2022 Read Beyond the Beaten Path theme and/or iREAD Summer Reading Programs, please send us an email at iread at ila.org.<mailto:iread at ila.org>

iREAD on Social Media: Join Our 2021 Facebook Group!
Have you liked iREAD on Facebook already? If not, like us on Facebook to stay engaged, keep up with iREAD related news, exhibit announcements, and updates about order deadlines.

<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=d15e42bfb5&e=c0a8f58de6>[https://mcusercontent.com/6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55/images/8cbaf16b-6fdb-4fc2-86b9-545ef3b9ad1e.png]<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=d15e42bfb5&e=c0a8f58de6><https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=d15e42bfb5&e=c0a8f58de6>Discuss, share and learn via our Facebook group dedicated to Reading Colors Your World<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=2f8521fc93&e=c0a8f58de6>! To join, log in to your Facebook and search "2021 Reading Colors Your World" in public groups.

From Our Partners and Collaborators
Many thanks to our partners who have shared your stories and ideas with us.

  *   Join Lindsey Herron of the Wood River Public Library, IL and Ashley Stewart of the Caseyville Public Library, IL while they discuss program development, marketing, partnerships, and activities in the presentation Reading Colors Your World: Making Your 2021 Summer Reading Program Cheerful & Bright.<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=d2c3979ef5&e=c0a8f58de6>

Get the slides.<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=5097ffada3&e=c0a8f58de6>

  *   You have iREAD questions--Our iREAD Committee has the answers. During the Illinois Library Association's very first Virtual Annual Conference in October 2020, the iREAD Committee presented the summer reading theme and program ideas for 2021 "Reading Colors Your World," and looks ahead toward 2022 "Read Beyond the Beaten Path" and 2023 theme development.<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=2e2f08876f&e=c0a8f58de6>

  *   The California Library Association and its initiative Summer @ Your Library present 2021 Reading Colors Your World Programming Showcase.<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=fa41d3be20&e=c0a8f58de6>

  *   Want to see what your colleagues in Alaska libraries are doing for summer 2021? Interested in finding out if they have ideas that you might be able to implement in your library as well? View the showcase<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=64f7486dad&e=c0a8f58de6>, facilitated by the Alaska State Library.

About the Program
Since 1981, iREAD has developed successful summer reading programs. Our mission is to provide high quality, low-cost resources and products that help local library staff to motivate children, teens, and adults to read. As a coordinated, self-supporting effort developed by the Illinois Library Association and librarians, every purchase from iREAD helps to promote and assist the great work of libraries.

To learn more, visit our website<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=78092002b0&e=c0a8f58de6>.<https://ireadprogram.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=29f9d8ddd5&e=c0a8f58de6>

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