Another Take on Summer Reading and Gale Resources

By Tanisha Howard-Hall

As a Customer Success Manager, I’m always eager to see what types of programing and promotions public libraries have going on. Summer reading is no exception!

For Teens

Brentwood Public Library in Tennessee is offering ACT Boot Camps for teens this summer! The boot camp gives a jump start on preparations for the ACT with test taking strategies, as well as practicing approaches to different types of questions on each section. See the provided study materials.  Additionally, the library also offer an ACT Writing Test Camp, Study Skill Class and PSAT Class.

If your library has test prep programing for teens, I’d recommend promoting the Testing & Reference Education Center along with it. This great database provides over 300 practice tests and courses, plus, dozens of eBooks containing valuable study material and practice tests.

For Adults

New Orleans Public Library has 17 programs scheduled through-out June and July for their 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. They started off with a kick-off party featuring a local jazz singer & story teller. The library’s goal is to bring adults back into the library. Programs are free and open to the adults, 18 and up. Adults are urged to register online or in person for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program and some patrons will receive a free tote bag for registering.

They have some really cool events planned. One I found particularly interesting was CSI night. Patrons will get a chance to tap into their inner CSI investigator and the parish (local) Coroner, Dr. Jeffrey Rouse will speak. When I spoke with the main library’s Public Programs Librarian, K. G. Wilkins, she stated that NOPL is “dedicated to FUN!”

The library also wants patrons to submit their own short stories during the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Patrons are encouraged to stretch their imagination by using these ten words: Driven, Flawed, Struggle, Carnival, Irrefutably, Whirlwind, Outstanding, Storm, Superhero, and Picayune. Winners will be selected on originality, clever use of contest words, and relevance to the theme—Escape the Ordinary. Gift card prizes range from $20 to $100.

There are some great tips in the Idiot’s Guide to Creative Writing. With GVRL eBooks, you can embed links in workshop materials. Its unlimited access frees you to integrate eBook content into your programing with the confidence that everyone can access the material at the same time.

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About the Author

Tanisha was born and raised in Detroit and a product of Detroit Public Schools. She earned her Bachelors at Eastern Michigan University and most recently received her MBA in Marketing from Keller Graduate School of Management.



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