CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has released a new position paper titled, “Adopting a Summer Learning Approach for Increased Impact.”
The document provides a rationale for why libraries need to be rethinking their traditional summer reading programming in order to better meet the serious needs and diverse interests of today’s youth, especially underserved audiences. The paper also includes recommended strategies libraries can take transform their summer programming, as well as a list of selected resources.
Library staff are encouraged to share this document with co-workers, supervisors, administrators, trustees, funders and partners. Learn more and read the full position paper here. Additional position papers from YALSA are also available on the web site.
YALSA also provides an online community where library staff can find and share resources and ideas related to planning, implementing and evaluating summer learning programs for and with teens. Join and participate in the site at http://summerreading.ning.com/. Support for this site is generously provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.