Extreme Makeover: Adult Summer Reading Programs

Thursday morning Kara Kohn, of the Plainfield Public Library, Gail Conrath from Geneva Public Library and Susan DeRonne of the Elmhurst Public Library presented great ideas on how to improve your summer reading program.

If you’re doing a winter reading program get theme ideas from the Upstart catalog.

Purchase a prize wheel – this can do double duty – use it in the summer to hand out prizes and also use it when you go out to community events to entice people into your booth. Plainfield gives away new books, instant lottery tickets, and $5 gift cards.

Have a separate staff summer reading programs, so they get prizes too. Plus then they’re more motivated to promote the Summer Reading Program.

Plainfield Library sent a follow up survey after the 2009 program, and most adults responded “forgot to log books” as the number one reason they didn’t complete the program. So in 2010, the staff is planning to send a weekly email reminder to log books.

One of the premium prizes Geneva Library gives away is Fine Free Card. The card has a $5 value.

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