This year, there were 326 participating libraries from the seven regional systems. Based on data from reporting libraries, Kansas Libraries provided at least 16,041 days of Summer Reading to children ages 6-11, 13,686 days to children ages birth to 5, 11,678 days to teens, and 9,118 days to adults for a total of 50,523 days.
1. 313 out of 324 libraries (96.6%) utilized the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) theme and materials for their Summer Reading programs. 227 libraries visited the CSLP website.
2. 287 out of 324 libraries (88.5%) used the Children’s CSLP Program Manual. 226 libraries (69.7%) used the Early Literacy Program Manual. 141 libraries (43.5%) used the Teen CSLP Program Manual. 70 libraries (21.6%) used CSLP’s Adult program materials.
3. 406 library staff attended the regional CSLP workshops. 57.8% found the workshop was helpful in planning library programs.
4. 50,963 children ages 6-11 participated in the reading portion of the Summer Reading program. 24,704 children ages birth-5 participated in the reading program. 11,254 teens participated in a reading program. 48 used BPH (Talking Books) materials to participate. 11,571 adults participated in a library reading program. 86,947 children and teens(birth to age 18) participated statewide in Summer Reading. The total number of participants including adults in 2016 was 98,540.
5. 5,809 children’s programs or activities were held in conjunction with Summer Reading. 3,810 early literacy programs or activities were held. 2,238 teen programs or activities were held. 1,669 programs were put on for adults. Total reported attendance at Summer Reading programs or activities statewide was 313,215 compared to last year’s total of 305,743.
6. $99,139 was spent on program and support materials from Upstart. $299,625 was spent on program materials from other sources. $177,511 was spent on performers. Libraries spent a total of $576,275 on program support materials and prizes for Summer Reading.
7. Libraries received $934,327 in donated materials and services from their communities to support Summer Reading, compared to $783,947 last year.
2016 Kids Summer Reading Books of the Week
The books promoted weekly through the summer of 2016 no longer have direct special links, but are accessible through the Kids' eBook sites:
Champion: the Story of Muhammed Ali – final book, posted 8/5/16 (TumbleBooks)
Did you know that Ali was introduced to boxing as a sport by a police officer after his bike was stolen? Meant for grades 3 and older, this biography covers all facets of Ali’s life including racism, his change of religion to Islam, and health problems from injuries.
Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Keeping Fit (BookFlix)
The older kids say that the gym teacher is a mean guy. He will make you run laps around the world and make you square dance, but they are just exaggerating. The book “Keeping Fit” is about exercising and nutrition, and mentions the site MyPlate. http://choosemyplate.gov/kids
Karate (Britannica E-STAX)
Karate takes a lot of discipline. This ebook introduces vocabulary words for karate suitable for younger kids.
Stretch AND Wiggle (Tumblebooks)
These two books go perfectly together- you should always Stretch before you Wiggle! Take this opportunity to work off some of that energy during storytime.
Duck on a Bike & Bicycle Safety (BookFlix storybook & ebook pair)
The Tour de France race has started and the teams will bike about 2,200 miles this month! Read “Bicycle Safety” to learn how to be safe on your bike, and the BookFlix storybook “Duck on a Bike” is fun for the youngest children as Duck bikes by all of the other farm animals.
Hiking (Britannica E-STAX)
Hiking is good exercise and you can learn about the local environment as you go. This book has information on the equipment you may need for hiking and how to be a good steward of public lands. Kansas is lucky to have 26 beautiful State Parks. Check out http://ksoutdoors.com for a park near you with hiking trails, swimming, and other activities.
Block the Sun Not the Fun (TumbleBooks)
Rhyming storybook about being sun-smart while taking part in outdoor activities.
Giraffes Can’t Dance & Kids Can Dance (BookFlix storybook & ebook pair)
Dancing can be a fun way to exercise, and if you’re serious about being a dancer that takes just as much practice and athleticism as sports. In this storybook, Gerald wants to dance at the party. The other animals say giraffes are too clumsy to dance until he proves them wrong! BookFlix pairs this with an ebook about dance types & vocabulary.
Playground Games (Britannica E-STAX)
This short E-STAX ebook is for the youngest readers (PreK-grade 1) and meant to focus on a few vocabulary words. Perhaps a good book to read before drawing hopscotch patterns on the library sidewalk?
Game Day by Tiki & Ronde Barber – first book, posted 6/3/16 (TumbleBook)
Tiki & Ronde play on the same football team. Tiki is the quarterback and gets a lot of attention for making touchdowns, but he would not make it far without Ronde to block tackles. A book about teamwork, naturally! This Tumblebook is a bit longer than other storybooks (15 minutes) and the reading level is for grade 2 and older.