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Beth Dobson Summer Reading Program (LS 541 F'12)

Beth Dobson Summer Reading Program (LS 541 F'12)

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: Beneath the Surface Teen Summer Reading Program (SRP) : An assignment for Dr. Naidoo's Youth Programming course at the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies.
: Beneath the Surface Teen Summer Reading Program (SRP) : An assignment for Dr. Naidoo's Youth Programming course at the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies.

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Published by: Beth Dobson on Dec 07, 2012
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Beneath the Surface Teen Summer Reading Program (SRP)
Using the 2013 summer reading theme for teens (Beneath the Surface), [Public] Library will have 6 individual programsfor teens beginning June 22nd, culminating in a Grand Prize party on August 10
. The kick-off event will be held on a Saturday tomaximize the amount of staff resources available. All the other events, include the Grand Prize party will be held on Fridays.
Teens will be able to enjoy reading independently of school assignments and be encouraged to do so by participating
in weekly reading “challenges” and logging their books during the summer (see provided book log). Teens will also be welcomed
toparticipate in the six programs planned for the appropriate grade levels (8-12). Registration will be required for the events and for theGrand Prize Party at the end of SRP. The main goal is for teens to have fun and to want to come back to the library throughout the year.The secondary goal is promote a love of recreational reading and lifelong learning.
sample promotional materials are located at the end of this document 
 all programs begin at 2pm, except for the Kick-off event at 12pm and the Campfire event at 8pm
June 1
to June 16
- Registration for all SRP ages
childrens (grades K-4), tweens (grades 5-7), teens (grade 8-12). Registered teenswill be given the book log and a flyer with the dates of each program event.
June 22
Kick-Off Geocaching Scavenger Hunt at City Park 
This is the first big event of the summer. Prior to the event, librarians have contacted GITA (Geospatial Information and TechnologyAssociation) and the Parks Department to work out the logistics. GITA will donate GPS units for a month long period (via the Location inEducation program https://www.gita.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18&Itemid=197)and the Parks officials will be on hand to help with the scavenger hunt to stay in the designated boundaries. Teens will be put in groups in no more than 10 and givena GPS unit & scavenger sheet. Using the clues, teens will be given one hour to complete the event. At each location, a clue will direct themto the next spot. (The directions can be rearranged for each group, so that the groups do not end up following each other. Each locationwill have a numbered clue and group 4 will look for clue 4, for instance.) The winning group will be given the opportunity to have anadditional entry in the weekly drawing or an additional entry in the grand prize drawing. At the end of the hour, teens will be treated to apizza party (pizza, drinks, cookies).
Marketing/Publicity Strategies:
Flyer in hot spots around town, on the library website and the parks department website.
Materials needed:
10 GPS units, paper to create scavenger sheets, pizza, drinks, cookies (donations from local eateries), cups, napkins,utensils
Other Considerations:
Need to have roster of registered participants and to have a master list of the scavenger clues/groups. Confirm withParks department one day before event that Parks employees will be there for the event.
June 28
Undercover Canvas Painting
 Teens will create canvas masterpieces using old Goodwill paintings, acrylic paint, and vinyl sticker letters. See pinterest idea:http://pinterest.com/pin/158400111864430581/ and the instructions via this blog post:http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/08/song-lyric-wall-art-diy-project.html.Teens will be able to create apersonalized quote canvas, highlighting one of their favorite quotes from any book that had a meaningful impact on their life (or phrase ormusic lyric). While the projects are drying, the weekly drawing will be held and the teens can talk about why they chose their particularquote/phrase/lyric.
Marketing/Publicity strategies:
Event details on library website
Materials needed:
Small canvas prints from Goodwill or yard sales, bottles of acrylic paint (white or light colors), paintbrushes, paper
bowls to hold paint, vinyl letters (from Michael’s or hardware store)
Other considerations:
Will need to start collecting the canvas prints at least 6 months before this event and have a place to store them.Frames can be recycled or donated. Could also ask interior designers if they have old prints from renovations, etc. Will need to have at least two other volunteers to help clean up. Have weekly drawing prize on hand.
July 5
National Treasure Movie Night 
Falling immediately after the 4
of July, teens will be treated to a cult Nicholas Cage classic movie
National Treasure. National Treasureis a movie about what 
s beneath the surface of history and our nation
s landmarks, while also being the perfect 
summer action movie
.Drinks and popcorn will be available. Before starting the movie, weekly drawing will be held.
Marketing/Publicity strategies:
Library website, call-in to local radio station. Create a movie poster to hang up near the Teen Services desk 
Materials needed:
Popcorn and 2 liter drinks.
Other considerations:
Need permission to show movie
look into rights management. Have weekly drawing prize on hand.
July 12
Look Beneath the Surface Crafting
Teens will be able to create pendants (for necklaces or keychains) that dazzle
literally. Teens can use glitter nail polish or decoupage tobuild worlds of interest beneath the glass surface of each pendant. It can be as simple or intricate as the teen wants. The idea was found onpinterest here: http://pinterest.com/pin/270919733805465333/.At the end of the event, the weekly drawing will be held.
Marketing/Publicity strategies:
Library website, flyer at local craft stores
Materials needed:
glass tile kits from Sun and Moon http://www.sunandmooncraftkits.com/square-glass-tile-pendant-kit.html,keychain rings from a craft store, scrapbook paper, fine point sharpies for hand drawing artwork 
Other considerations:
Read instructions and make two sample crafts before the event so teens can be helped when they have questions.Also have the finished crafts and more sample pictures for the visual learners in the crowd. Have weekly drawing prize on hand.
July 19
Blackout Poetry Creation
 Teens will be encouraged to create their own poetry (or short stories) by blacking out sections of newpapers and donated books to thelibrary (that do not meet collection standards). Examples can be found in the book 
Newspaper Blackout 
by Austin Kleon(http://www.austinkleon.com/newspaperblackout/). Teens will be able to showcase their poetry on the bulletin board in the Teen area of the library. At the end of the event, hold the weekly prize drawing.
Marketing/Publicity strategies:
library website
Materials needed:
Newspapers, Donated books, Markers/Crayons
Other considerations:
Instead of toxic sharpies, use non-toxic markers OR hold the event outside so that the area is well ventilated. Couldalso use black crayons to be super safe. Have the weekly drawing prize on hand.
July 26
Under the Stars Dessert Campfire
 A smorgasbord of dessert treats will greet teens as they come to the campfire area (held at a local camping area). Teens will be able to
make “campfire cones”(
http://www.chefjessicabright.com/campfire-cones.html)or(http://pinterest.com/pin/213358101066863318/) and sit and talk with each other about their summer. Librarians and volunteers can lead a discussion of the books they read and music willbe on via a portable stereo. Before event gets under way, have final weekly drawing.
Marketing/Publicity strategies:
Flyers in the library, on the library website and the parks website. Radio call-in to local stations.

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