Incorporating Technology into Summer Reading, by Trista Reno

A little while ago my director asked for information about including technology into our summer reading club program. Her question was somewhat vague and left quite a bit of room for interpretation, which I loved. Here’s the question I asked my colleagues:

“Hi Everyone, Our library is looking to go digital for summer reading club this year. That could mean having an online registration form, reading an ebook, accessing an online game for participation, the sky’s the limit. What are some things that have been done that you would recommend?”

I sent my question to the usual listservs, the awesome people at litteelit, people I follow on Twitter, facebook group ALA Think Tank, and Storytime Underground. I was not disappointed. Here’s a compilation of the suggestions I received:

Digital SRC Compilation (Kids, Teens, Adults)

  • Online Registration
    • Use Evanced for online registration and tracking
    • Use Drupal for online registration
    • for online registration and tracking
  • Additional activities alongside reading
    • Have a website dedicated to additional activities patrons can do in conjunction with “traditional” SRC reading tracking. Example here.
    • King County Library System created a READometer app that keeps track of reading.
    • Download from Freegal
    • Download audiobooks
    • Download from Zinio
    • “like” on Facebook and follow on Twitter
    • Submit reviews online
    • Take pictures and upload to library’s flickr account
    • Use Wattpad, which has over 10 million stories, is free to sign up, available on computers, tablets, smartphones, and has social networking built in.
  • Issue badges as virtual prizes for completed tasks along with physical prizes. Example here.
    • Summer Games and online badges similar to Ann Arbor District Library (They’re willing to share their coding info)
    • Create an entire game-like website like Allegheny County Library Association did for their reading club which can be found here Questyinz

I’d like to send an official “Thank you” to everyone who responded to my question! And if you happen to be reading this post I hope you find the information as valuable as I did.

I’m sure there are many other ways to incorporate technology into summer reading programs. What has YOUR library done or is planning to do?

Trista Reno, Youth Services Librarian
Little eLit is a collaborative think tank of professionals thinking about the topic of young children, new media, and libraries. Individuals who share their viewpoints, experiences, and presentations in Little eLit blog posts are expressing their personal views and do not represent Little eLit as a whole.

About Amy Koester

I'm a youth services librarian with a penchant for exciting ideas and engaging programs. It's a sure bet that if you talk to me about STEAM, whimsy, and trying new things, we'll be best friends forever.

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