8 Tips for Libraries to Incorporate Tech into their Summer Reading Programs

Summer is right around the corner and many libraries are gearing up for this year’s Summer Reading Programs.  If you’re looking for ways that your library can add a little tech to this year’s summer reading program activities, here are 8 quick tips and tricks.

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder app


1) Vine Videos for Book Reviews

Teens can create Vine videos discussing the books they’ve read.  Vine videos can be created using a mobile phone or tablet device and are easy to create, very brief (6second) film clips – the perfect length for a short book review/recommendation!  These could be created using teens own devices or the library’s and can be shared on the library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.


2) Pinterest Book Boards

Not only can the library set up Pinterest boards featuring summer reading titles and related events such as upcoming book discussions, etc. but teens could set up their own boards highlighting the books they’re reading.  Pins could include biographical pins about historical or other figures mentioned in the book, films based on the book, other books similar to the one they’re reading, etc.


3) Start a Group on GoodReads

Libraries such as the Baltimore County Public Library are creating online Summer Reading programs on websites such as GoodReads for their patrons to take part in.  The BCPL Summer Reading Program group has over 400 active members and encourages each participant to post book reviews to the site.  The group supports discussion boards, polls, photos, videos, and event creation.


4) Encourage Reading eBooks

Traditionally summer reading programs have incorporated mainly print titles, but why not take this opportunity to introduce eBooks to those who may never have used them before?  If your library subscribes to the OverDrive or other eBook service, you might offer instructional sessions as a part of your summer reading program and encourage participants to read at least one of their books in eBook format.


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