Online Toolkit to Expand Summer Learning

Ready to expand your library’s summer reading program into a more diverse summer learning program? ULC’s new Online Toolkit, Libraries at the Center of Summer Learning and Fun, is designed to provide you with the resources, ideas, and strategies that can help! This online toolkit includes links to tools and materials gathered from libraries across North America that are implementing summer programs designed to engage participants in active skill building, creative exploration, and critical thinking — in addition to reading. The included resources can be used by library summer learning practitioners to enhance existing programs in ways that help summer program participants increase their love of learning and discovery and return to school ready to thrive.

The Online Toolkit includes:

  • Links to resources for making the case for library summer learning programs
  • Models of library summer learning with example programs and partnerships and links to useful tools
  • Five strategies for evolving summer reading into summer learning with links to resources
  • Additional resources focusing on sharing your summer learning story with key stakeholders, including assessing the effectiveness of your program and tips for communicating key message

Find a complete list of all tools included in the toolkit here.

This resource was developed in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) as a part of the Accelerate Summer initiative supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).