Hello all!

I have to set up reading programs for the summer and am looking for help. Below is what I have come up with, but I need some fine tuning and of course any other suggestions are appreciated as well.

o   Summer reading list with a prize for a completed list. Each month there would be a list of books to read (five books? Or book amount/age level? And prize for completion)

o   A reading program, similar to Book It!, with a reward attached to the number of books read (probably a school year/year-round initiative) and/or a reading book contest where each book read will equate to one entry in a grand prize drawing / maybe a ticket per book and then a table of what multiple tickets can ‘buy’

o   Library Bingo, each bingo square would have a book and the child would have a time period to complete a row, drawing from a prize box upon completion, black out would be entered into a bigger prize

o   Couples reading – Two months long (July-August?), a couple reads one book (either personal growth books (drawing closer to Christ) or relationship/marriage books), or two books (?), and discuss, logs there summary of the book(s), are entered into a drawing for a date night prize (prizes for others as well) - for the date night prize I was thinking a gift cert to a schmancy restaurant in the area (maybe something in addition) and for the everybody prize maybe a couples devo? or what else could each participant couple get?

Prize options:

* 6$ gift cert to Culver's (local fast food)

* Book (but what kind of book: a stack they could pick from, a devotional, some other option)

* little things (bracelets, stickers, small puzzles/games, small toy, candy, etc)

* other options?

Lastly could I do the summer reading list in addition to the Book It! style program? I suppose as long as the books counted toward the Book It!, as that would be an ongoing thing and the list would just be per month. Or should they be combined into one big reading list with 'tickets' for each book and prizes per ticket amount?


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We have done a number of reading programs for our library.  For adults, we have done a reading challenge where they receive a bookmark with 16 different categories/genres of books on them, and a period of time- generally six weeks - in which to read as many as possible.  Categories include things like: historical fiction, mystery, young adult, a book from a bottom shelf, a book that you chose for the cover, a book by an author who is new to you, the first book in a series, etc.  We generally give prizes for the top three, as in, the first three people to complete the challenge.  Prizes are usually a gift card to a book store, or a cool mug that is book-related, or some other book-related item.

For kids, we've done Book Bingo, where we created bingo cards for the different age groups and they had six or seven weeks to complete the card and track how many pages they read.  We gave prizes in various age groups for those who completed the card, and who read the most pages.

Last year, we did a program we called Reading by the Numbers.  We created 7 different sheets (one for each week of the program), each with a large number on it (1,2,3,4,5,6,7) that was divided into six blocks.  In each block was an assignment, four of which were a specific type of book (mystery, series book, Bible Story, etc), and two of which were things like "write about a book you read", "draw a picture about a book you read", "read under a tree", "read in the car", "read to a younger child", etc.  

Prizes for kids have been: coupons to local businesses (I've spent a lot of time on the phone collecting these), stuff from Oriental Trading,  -- all of these are for when they complete a small goal like a row of the bingo card or one number sheet.  For those who finish the whole thing, we give books or gift cards to a book store.

This year we have created a program called Choose Your Own Adventure.  For each of four age groups, we created 10 different Adventure Cards, with cool names like: Author! Author!; Whodunnit?; I Can Read An Easy Reader; Parables Tell A Story; Children of the King; A Dewey Decimal Escapade.  On each card is an assignment to read 2-5 books related to the title of the Adventure (the number depends on the age level - this program is for kids pre-school through adult).  They can choose whichever cards they want but can only do any card two times (we want them to branch out).

I think you have some good ideas!  I'm intrigued by your couples' idea.



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