The Pennsylvania Summer Library Program 2023 Summer Showcase is now available on the PA Library Staff Academy. The purpose of this showcase is to highlight Pennsylvania library staff who made an impact on their communities with exemplary and innovative programming during Summer 2022. Through this Pennsylvania Library Staff Academy course, you have access to information through a number of Summer library programs developed by Pennsylvania library staff from across the Commonwealth.
Guest speakers share their expertise with you on their programming experiences from Summer 2022 and cover programs from in-person to outdoor to hybrid to virtual for youth ages birth-18. Let’s attend storytime on a bus, make some beautiful art pieces, make some sushi with tweens and teens, and visit a mini museum as you learn about how you can replicate these program ideas and provide the youth you serve with a foundational library experience.
In addition to all the program details, you’ll discover how Pennsylvania libraries provided the most excellent and equitable services to their communities by focusing on equity, belonging, and inclusion in order to achieve great outcomes. The Youth Services Advisory Team also has prepared a special presentation of the 2022 Summer Impact Report and information of outcomes, and equity, belonging, and inclusion.
This showcase may be used for continuing education (CE) credits.
You’re invited to participate in a Pennsylvania Summer Library Program Roundtable Sessions
Join in for great discussion on what we’re doing for Summer and WHY we do it in informal, collaborative roundtable sessions. Share your excitement for your Summer programs with colleagues across the Commonwealth and take part in the constructive and interactive conversation. Everyone is invited to listen in and speak out about how we make a difference in our communities through excellent and equitable library services to youth.
Register for the following Pennsylvania Summer Library Program Roundtable Sessions
Wednesday, February 15, 1-2:30 P.M.: All Together Now!
At this session, we will discuss Tracie D. Hall’s Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Symposium Keynote Speech “The Library as a Civic Bridge and Community Learning Hub.” Join in the conversation with colleagues across the Commonwealth about excellent and equitable library services to youth. (Link to Tracie D. Hall’s Keynote Speech)
Wednesday, March 15, 1-2:30 P.M.: Summer Showcase 2023
At this session, we will discuss the 2023 Summer Showcase and program ideas! Bring your ideas for your library’s 2023 program to share with colleagues in breakout discussion to generate energy and excitement around the great work your library does for your unique community. (Link to the Summer Showcase 2023)
Wednesday, April 12, 1-2:30 P.M.: Decorating Together
At this session, we will discuss a highlight of Summer library programs: Decorating! Bring your ideas for how you plan to decorate for your library’s 2023 program to share with colleagues in breakout discussion to generate energy and excitement around the great work your library does for your unique community. (Link to the CSLP “Decorating Together” recording)
Wednesday, April 26, 1-2:30 P.M.: Outcomes and Impacts
At this session, we will discuss the why behind Summer programs through discussion on the impact libraries make on youth in their communities. Join in conversation about how to set goals and measure anticipated outcomes with colleagues in group and breakout discussion. (Link to the Summer Showcase 2023 recording on Outcomes and Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion)
Questions can be sent to Corri Hines, School Age Services Advisor, and Heather Warren Smith, Early Childhood Services Advisor, Bureau of Library Development, Office of Commonwealth Libraries.