Tag Archives: Summer Reading

Summer reading time approaches!

Kids painting flowerpots during the Summer Reading Program
Everyone in the library world knows that summer is a time for kicking back with some new reading, trying out some new programming, and (hopefully!) bringing in more people to your library! It’s a lot of work, but the results are fun for your patrons.

Thinking up these fun things to do can be the hardest part!

Fortunately, many library people face the same issue; so we can all work together to share ideas. One librarian asked for help in making teen craft programs over the summer, and there were many suggestions from other library people. See if any of them would work in your library! Continue reading Summer reading time approaches!

Have some spare time this summer? Kansas wants you!

CMLE members, and other library fans:

  1. Do you have spare time on your hands this summer?
  2. Do you have good skills for summer reading planning??
  3. Would you like to hang around Kansas for a while???

I can’t imagine the answer to all of these questions would not be yes!

If your answers are yes, the State of Kansas is looking for someone to be their Summer Reading Regional Prsenter – and it might be  you! Check out all the details here: Continue reading Have some spare time this summer? Kansas wants you!

iREAD 2018: Deadline for entries is February 28, 2017!


CMLE libraries – are you using the iREAD summer resources?? There are all kinds of great links and information here – to help encourage summer reading, to offer summer meals, and more!

The 2017 material is all set up, and now they want you to help contribute information to make the 2018 program fantastic!

The theme for the 2018 iREAD Resource Guide is Reading Takes You Everywhere. We need all of your great ideas to share with librarians around the world who use the iREAD theme. Each idea submitted helps to strengthen the Resource Guide. Use the forms below to submit your theme-related ideas.  Please direct comments and questions to the Resource Guide Coordinator Alexandra Annen at ideas@ireadprogram.org.

Continue reading iREAD 2018: Deadline for entries is February 28, 2017!

A boatload of book lists!

sunset sailingWe didn’t want you to have to worry about running out of reading material this summer, so we have compiled a boatload of book lists in the hope that the biggest problem you’ll run into is choosing what to read first! The lists are diverse, featuring everything from YA, famous authors recommending obscure books, and books about food (including cookbooks). Now you can sail off into the sunset with your new favorite book.

 21 brilliant books you’ve never heard of

Books to help young people struggling with mental health issues

Book winners from the International Association of Culinary Professionals

June 2016 reading list from Library Reads

YALSA booklists (look in the left frame for booklists)

Books read and recommended by successful people

From the recent Book Expo of America: this list of the best children’s books

Bonnaroo reading list


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Summer reading list for teens

Are students asking you for titles to read this summer? Recently, we did a post about the YALSA top ten nominees list. Here are some more titles to suggest to your students, from YALSA’s 2016 Best of the Best awards. Tip: Ask your students if they have a public library card in order to keep them reading all summer long!

YALSA 2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults (see the other categories and winners here)

simon vs.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertall
 six of crows   Six of Crows by Bardugo, Leigh
bunker diaryThe Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
  audacity   Audacity by Melanie Crowder 
  shadowshaperShadowshaper by Daniel José Older         
x a novel X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
boy in the black suitThe Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

bone gap


Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
challenger deep
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

more happy than


More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera