You've heard of the "Summer Slide"? Now it's time for the Summer SLIP
Summer Learning Programs (SLP), rather than our traditional Summer Reading Programs, have become the buzzword in public libraries recently. Check out, for instance this article about Nashville Public Library's revamped program or the Urban Libraries Council's information on new Summer Reading models.
Aren't we all always saying "My library is about more than just books," and aren't we all frustrated with how many patrons don't know about our great databases, or ebooks, or our various download services? Summer Learning Programs are both a way to promote our non-print collections and engage patrons who may not be be big readers (or at least traditional library users).
We here at SWON were absolutely inspired by a recent presentation from K'Lyn Hann, a Teen Librarian from Oregon, about her spin on the SLP concept called "SLIP," which stands for "Summer Library/Learning Interaction Program." And since this year is twenty6TEEN, our "year of the teen," we wanted to provide you with the opportunity to use this great program with your library's teens.
If you are an employee of a Supporting Member Library, you could win $500 for your library's teens for participating. That's how excited we are about this program. So, head on over to the newly-launched SLIP page, and learn about this awesome way to encourage library interaction. Summer will be here before you know it!
~Cassondra Vick, Technology Educator, SWON Libraries