Summer Reading

Summer Reading: Get In the Game

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If you need some more ideas:

CSPL Pinterest board
Jennifer’s Pinterest board

~ Jennifer


February Meeting

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Place: Willimantic Library Service Center
Date: February 9th
Time: 10 am

Image from CSLP

Meeting Topic:
Summer Reading:
program ideas, prizes (or prize alternatives), great books, and good movies to show.

~ Jennifer

November Meeting Notes

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If you missed the November meeting, it was a great day. But you’re in luck. Linda Williams created a page with

  1. Numbers game: using stats to your advantage: Jennifer Rummel
  2. An Overview of Adolescent Reading Research: Teri Lesesne
  3. Summer Reading Incentives: the good and the bad: Linda Williams
  4. Connecting the Research to Summer Reading Goals: Linda Williams
  5. Elevator Pitch: Linda Williams
  6. Alternatives

Check out all the great resources and research available.

~ Jennifer

November Meeting

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Our November meeting will be at the YA Regional Meetup

Summer Reading: What We Do/Why We Do It – Making the Connection

Wallingford Public Library
200 N Main St,
Wallingford, CT 06492

Schedule of the Day:
Summer Reading: What We Do/Why We Do It – Making the Connection
$25 for Members; $35 for Non-Members

9:15: Coffee & Registration

9:45: Welcome and overview of the day [YA Co-Chairs & Linda Williams, CT State Library]

10:00: The Numbers Game:  Jennifer Rummel looks at Connecticut library statistics and helps interpret them in ways we can actually use

11:00: Keynote Speaker, Teri Lesesne: An overview of Adolescent Reading Research

We are very excited to have keynote speaker, Teri Lesesne, author of Naked Reading:  Uncovering What Tweens Need to Become Lifelong Readers.  Teri is Professor in the Department of Library Science at Same Houston State University, where she teaches literature for children and young adults.  She also hosts a YA literature blog as Proffessornana:

12:30-1:15: Lunch and networking

1:15: Connecting the Research to Summer Reading Goals and Follow Through:

Linda Williams will lead a group discussion about how to connect what we heard in the morning session to our goals for summer reading.

2:00: Summer Reading Incentives:  the good, the bad, and the ugly

2:45: Elevator Speech Discussion: Being Ready to Promote Summer Reading on the Spot

Head over to register

See you there,

Zombie Survival Program (modeled after the Hunger Games Game)

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Last week, we talked about our Summer Reading Programs. I mentioned that I’m going with the Groundbreaking Reads theme because I love the art. I’m focusing on zombies and monsters.

I’m going to try this game again. I did it for the Hunger Games but I think it’s super fun.


1. Grab a bunch of items for survival and place on a table

2. At the beginning of the program, have teens choose X number of items

3. Create a story where they have use particular items (A zombie comes at your party and bites everyone. Sally has the medicine, so she’s safe. Peter doesn’t have the medicine. He turns into a zombie. Erin has a spice, which when ground up can stop the venom from seeping into her body, she’s safe too.)

4. Make up a point system and have various winners.

5. You can create a story based on what the teens grabbed and have multiple turns.

* I got the idea from this site

~ Jennifer

Minutes-January 11, 2013

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Today’s meeting topic was Hot New Fiction.

Summer Reader

However, the meeting began with a demo of the new online summer reading tracker program provided by the Connecticut State Library: Summer Reader which will be available for the next three years.

You can take a look at one of the templates from the patron side set up by Linda and Sue. You can register too!

You can have as many programs as you would like. It is highly customizable. You can do reading programs or even count volunteers with this program. Templates will be available that ate generic and that fit the collaborative summer reading program.

Features: Online registrations, family registration, reading and progress logging, prize management and distribution, a prize drawings, reviews (and comments–can be mediated if you would like), ratings (a star system), collect statistics and create reports (any info in can come out–excel), bi lingual (French and Spanish), RSS feeds, e-mail, connect to FaceBook, also a mobile version is available.

They are hoping we can begin to set up our own pages in middle of February. But that is not confirmed. Watch the SPEAK listserve for information. Webinars and training seminars are available.

Suggestions for Hot New Fiction
includes a Nancy Pearl article for NPR.

Navigating Early
Just One Day
Tragedy Paper
Pale by Chris Wooding
Jonny Delgadod: Private Detective by Kevin Brooks
Kill Swap by James Lovegrove

-from Kathleen

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cross My Heart Hope to Die by Sara Shepard
Witch &Wizard: Kiss by James Patterson
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Breaking Point by Kirsten Simmons
Out and Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Neferet’s Curse by P.C. Cast
Pieces by Chris Lynch

Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Period 8 by Chris Crutcher
Thirst by Christopher Pike
Panic by Sharon Draper
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Promises to Keep by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Elite by Kiera Cass
Rise by Anna Carey
Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz
This is what Happy Looks Like by Jennifer Smith
Stung by Bethany Wiggins
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown
Mystic by Alyson Noel
All I Need by Susan Colasanti
Fall of Night by Rachel Caine
If I Should Die by Amy Plum
Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Truth or Dare by Jackson Pearce

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Game board of the Goods by Richelle Mead
After Daybak by J.A. London
Crushed by Sara Shepard

-from Claudette

The Friday Society bit Adrienne Kress
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas
Cold Fury by T.M Goeglein
Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver
Four Secrets by Margaret Willey
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie
Jepp Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh
Beyond by Graham Mcnamee
Lullaby by Amanda Hocking
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake

-From Kristi

Jennifer’s Picks
The Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg (upcoming)
Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (upcoming)
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
Amber House by Kelly Moore
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Butter by Erin Jade Lange
No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz
Willful Impropriety: 13 Tales of Society, Scandal, and Romance (various authors)
Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill
The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson
Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
Guy Langman Crime Scene Procrastinator by Josh Berk
Survive by Alex MorelRevolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein
False Memory by Dan Krokos
Breathe by Sarah Cross
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Salvation by Anne Osterlund
A Long Way From You by Gwendoyln Heasley
Spy Princess by Sherwood Smith
Pizza Love and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Gods and Warriors by Michelle Payer
Blackwatch by Jenna Burtenshaw
Cloak Society by Jeramey Kraatz
Changling by Philippa Gregory
Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab
Skinny by Donna Cooner
Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard
Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney
Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Return to Me by Justina Chen
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Doomed by Tracy Deebs

The February meeting topic is Publicity. See you then.


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Our meeting for January is on Friday at the Willimantic Service Center at 10 AM.

We’ll be talking about New Hot Titles – so bring along your favorites!

We’ll also have a demo of the new Summer Reading online software from Linda.


See you there!

~ Jennifer