Library programming specialists know that once the school year ends, it’s time to start planning for the next one. This lull before the storm of summer reading programs is a great time to take stock of what worked and didn’t work last year. Here are some fresh ideas for back to school library programs to keeps kids coming after summer is over.
- Battle of the Books
Which book would win? On a large wall, create a display similar to a tournament bracket. Pair up familiar titles against each other, and have young patrons vote for one face-off per week.
- After School Homework Help
If your library has a literacy program, why not enlist volunteers to help children with their homework? This is a wonderful way to give back to the community, especially if your library is located in an area with disadvantaged children.
- Gaming Club
Hosting a gaming club once per week is an easy way to draw in young people. Simply provide them a designated room with a table, chairs, and a variety of cards and board games.
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