The Georgia Public Library Service coordinates the annual statewide Summer Reading Program that encourages children and families to read for fun during school vacations. Family literacy activities are highlighted and parents are encouraged to participate in the program with their children. Reading logs, game boards, bookmarks, posters and stickers are designed to help promote the program in each of the 372 library facilities in Georgia.
Youth Services provides assistance in all areas of library service, with particular expertise in children's and teen services, planning, training and family literacy. Four Quadrant meetings are held each spring for the purpose of sharing ideas for the Summer Reading Program with another four held during the fall for elections to the Quadrant Council and training on a wide range of topics. Other areas of focus are funding opportunities and help with grants, the national Prime Time Family Reading Time Program, maintaining a performers’ directory, and a professional collection.
|Fizz, Boom, $ave for College
For the fifth consecutive year, the Path2College 529 Plan is partnering with Georgia Public Library Service during the 2014 Summer Reading Program to offer the Fizz, Boom, $ave for College Sweepstakes.
|Summer Learning Loss Research Brief
"One Step Forward, Three Steps Back: How Summer Learning Loss Is Widening the Achievement Gap" explores the impact of summer learning loss on children & offers recommendations for combating it.
B4 - Georgia's Early Literacy Initiative
Keeping Georgia's public library shelves stocked with books and other resources is crucial in getting young children ready to read! To this end, Georgia Public Library Service and the B4 Committee will focus on developing statewide early literacy projects, beginning this year with "1,000 Books 'B4' Kindergarten."
2015 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announced the winners of the 2015 Teen Video Challenge. The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program. Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2015. The Georgia winner is:
Forsyth County Public Library
2015- TVC- GA- Novel Masquerade
- Rahul Gurram – Director
- Julia Cleland – Camera Operator and Editor
- Audrey Nguyen – Props and costume master, set, actress
- Natalie Shorr – Actress, props, set, costuming
- Summer Jefferson – actress, props, set
- Annalise Decherd – actress, props, set
- Halle Mastronardo – props, set, stagehand
- Chandler Million - Actor
- Anjali Patel – actress
- Keegan Million – stagehand
Library System winning entries:
- Augusta-Richmond County Library System
2015 - TVC- GA- Unmasked: Library's Maze
- Live Oak Public Libraries
2015- TVC- GA- Speeder Reader
North Share-a-rama Spring 2015
SUMMER Reading Program
Prime Time Final Report | 2015
PRIME TIME Family Reading Time - a family literacy program
PRIME TIME, a unique six-week humanities-based program of reading, discussion, and storytelling at public libraries and other venues, emphasizes the importance of families reading together to discuss significant cultural and ethical themes.
Created in 1991 by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, this statewide family literacy program with national affiliates creates a precondition for all future learning by empowering parents/guardians to help their children enjoy reading and improve their reading abilities. Since the early days of the PRIME TIME National Expansion, Georgia has held 52 PRIME TIME programs in over two dozen communities across the state. In 2013, Georgia has active sites in Atlanta, Athens, Cairo, Chamblee, Elberton, Fitzgerald, Jesup, Lilburn, Norcross, Tifton, and LaGrange.
PRIME TIME Georgia supported in part by funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Georgia Public Library Services, a unit of the University System of Georgia, and through a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council.
To become a PRIME TIME site, please contact the Director of Youth Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING FINAL REPORTS
- The online reports can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate button below and accessing the online download page.
- Final reports must be completed in a single sitting. You cannot start, save an incomplete report, and return to the report at a later date.
- We recommend using the provided Word documents (available below) as a guide in completing the final report while your program is ongoing. Copy and paste your final report responses from the Word file into the online final report when your program ends and submit for stipend issuance. Survey Monkey does not allow respondents to view or print copies of their responses. Please keep a record of your final report responses as a Word document. Click the “PDF” button to view a printed sample of the online form.
Prime Time Files, 2015
- Georgia Scholar and Storyteller Final Report:
- Georgia Program Coordinator Final Report:
- Georgia Preschool Facilitator Final Report:
- Georgia Community Organizer Final Report:
Teen services are gaining in popularity across the nation. There is a recognized need for providing services for teens after school and during the off school months. Georgia Public Library Service supports services for teens through the provision of a separate teen reading program held during the off school months, an annual teen conference covering an array of topics of interest to people serving teens, and a teen website during the annual Summer Reading Program (see above).
YA Across the USA
Looking for a great teen read? Check out Henry County Library System's "YA Across the USA" teen book discussion guides. This project was modeled on HarperCollins Publishers Epic Reads. For more information and resources visit: http://www.epicreads.com/blog/the-united-states-of-ya/.
The Georgia Public Library Service Children's Services Listserv (CHLIB-l) is open to people working in Georgia's public libraries. If you are working with children, this is the best method to keep current, learn about meetings and grants, and receive help with issues concerning children's services.
The Georgia Public Library Service Young Adult Services Listserv (YASVS-l) is open to people working in Georgia's public libraries. If you are working with tweens and teens, this is the best method to keep current, learn about meetings and grants, and receive help with issues concerning young adult services.
- Guidelines for using GPLS Youth Services listservs
- Subscribe to CHLIB-l, Children's Services listserv
- Subscribe to YASVS, Young Adult Services listserv
Questions or comments about Youth Services should be directed to:
Director of Youth Services
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345