Summer Reading Badges: A Twist on Summer Reading

Fingers stacking wooden blocks representing different topics of learningHear how one small-town library re-envisioned their summer learning approach to increase their impact, expand their patron base, and grow community awareness. In 2019, the Robert R. Jones Public Library District in Coal Valley, IL introduced a badge system to their summer learning program, which motivates children to learn and develop daily reading habits through a sense of achievement and public recognition. In addition to quadrupling program attendance, the results of the new badge system included maximizing enjoyment and engagement, capturing the interest of learners, and increasing circulation. Receive all of the tips, tricks, and advice to confidently implement a similar program in their library this summer!

Originally presented April 15, 2020.

Access to an auto-captioned version in Zoom is available with purchase.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify current trends and best practices in summer learning programs;
  • Understand the role and importance of summer reading badges; and
  • Gain confidence to implement a summer reading badge program in their own library.

Who Should Attend

This on-demand webinar is intended for children and youth services library professionals, programming managers, and program developers.


Victoria BlackmerVictoria Blackmer is the assistant director of the Robert R. Jones Public Library District in Coal Valley, IL. Named an ALA Emerging Leader for 2020, she is an inventive library and information management professional driven to find new creative solutions through the development, implementation, and improvement of innovative programs, resources, technology, and services.



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