Ode to Summer Reading

I promised you an outlook for my library’s summer reading program on Friday.

I’m not really sure why I did that. I’m honestly not sure of my summer reading outlook. I know what programs I’m doing, but that’s really only half the battle. I’m still waiting for the school system to get me the summer reading list and I know it’s going to be really different than last year. Potentially all new books and lots more of them.


Did I mention the students get out of class in about 3 weeks? That I already have students and parents coming into ask for the books? The books that I haven’t ordered yet? The books that I’m supposedly going to talk about during a school visit on Friday?

Double yikes.

But, hopefully I will the list tomorrow and I will get it all worked out in the next three weeks. I do have a lot of great programming planned, too. A ghost hunter, a CSI program, tie dying t-shirts, making garden stepping stones out of old china (smashing china at the library – huzzah!), video gaming, a City of Bones program based on books and soon-to-be released movie, making candy sushi, and more! It’s going to be fun.

Photo from Flickr user reynolds.james.e
See! Cute and fun! (Photo from Flickr user reynolds.james.e)

In three weeks this will all kick off and I’ll be right in the midst of the summer craziness. I like the summer craziness, actually. I like seeing so many teens and doing a lot of programs. The attendance issue will still stress me out but I’m definitely better prepared than last year.

Thursday I’ll post some pics of the spray painting T-shirt craft I did last week. It’s in the wash right now. It’s totally adorable and really easy, I promise.


4 thoughts on “Ode to Summer Reading

  1. Ooh I’m doing a tie-dying program for teens too! I haven’t ever tie dyed before so, I should probably try that out sometime soonish…Have you done it before?

  2. Steve Spangler does good how-to videos about Tie-Dye, I believe he has some on YouTube or you may be able to find his DVD in the library/system. We own it and it works great: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/product/tie-dye-classroom-kit. If you do your program in the same day, you can get two sections out of one set of dye. And I recommend the use of eye droppers to apply the dye – it saves the amount of dye and it easier to control. Definitely do it outside, too! This is a good how to on how to make a rainbow spiral: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-tie-dye-an-old-white-shirt-or-a-new-shirt-/step5/Tying-a-rainbow-swirl-pattern/

    Good luck!

  3. Thank you so much! Never would have thought of eye droppers, that’s a great idea. Now let’s hope the weather holds out…
    Good luck with your SRPs!

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