Book Recommendations for your Vacation Destination

summer reading

Another graphic I created for our library Tumblr page.

Image credits:

Pofu Camp – Northern Circuit” by Gopal Vijayaraghavan on Flickr.

Desert Road” by William Warby on Flickr.

Paris.2012” by Emax-photo on Flickr.

Font Credit:

Confetti Stream” by Jonathan S. Harris on FontSpace.

Spark a Reaction – 2014 Teen Summer Reading Program


It’s hard to believe that Summer Reading is almost here (or already here for some of you). Teen programs are on hiatus for the month of June at my library because bridesmaid duties are taking over my life, but our Summer Reading Program will start up July 1st. This year I’m doing things a little differently. Instead of using BINGO cards and doing random drawings each week, I’ve created a book log. Teens will keep track of all the titles they read in July (including fan fiction), whoever reads the most books wins the grand prize. If they read five books, they will earn a prize and an invitation to the after-hours awards party.

I’ve also got lots of activities planned: two LEGO robotics classes, crafts, weekly movies, and a video-making club. My book club teens have been begging to make a movie, so I’m making their dreams come true. I have some video-editing experience, but we all be learning together (which is fun).

Here are some of the handouts I’ve created for SRP packets this year:

Calendar of Events

Reading Log

Recommended Reading List

I would love to hear what other librarians have planned for this summer. Tell me in the comments!

Summer Reading


Beneath the Surface Display

This year, I’m planning my first-ever Summer Reading Program. Since taking over teen programming at my library, I’ve been able to host several successful programs. Our Circulation Manager reports that patrons have shown a lot of interest in the program, so I have high hopes. The program will run June 15-August 10 and the theme is Beneath the Surface. Teens will be given BINGO cards to complete – each completed BINGO card equals entry into our weekly and grand prize drawings. Weekly prizes range from pool passes to iTunes gift cards. The grand prize is a Samsung Galaxy Tab!

We kick-off next weekend with a zombie-themed party. There will be food, of course! We’ll play what I’m calling “Corpse Cornhole” – a cornhole game painted to look like a zombie. There’s also going to be a make-up station and photo area where teens can zombify themselves. We have a lot of great programs in the works: a visit from the state paranormal society, a crime scene presentation from a detective, a MuVChat screening, and lots of crafts. Our teens go crazy for crafts.

A local home for teen boys is going to participate and I’m very excited. When I drove the bookmobile, it was one of my favorite stops. The guys were so eager and excited to have access to library materials. I’m really looking forward to working with them again. I tailored a special BINGO card for them because they have limited internet access and would not be able to complete certain tasks on the regular BINGO cards.

I’ve attached the BINGO card below.

Summer Reading BINGO