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The Perfect Equation for Summer Reading Success: School + Public Librarians

The Perfect Equation for Summer Reading Success: School + Public Librarians

How do we keep kids reading when school's out for the summer? Effective partnerships between school and public librarians are our most powerful tool. In this webinar, Jen Cannell and Mary Fellows show you how to work with your counterpart to design fun and strategic summer reading collaborations that will succeed on three fronts: keeping kids reading, strengthening your connection to students, and reinforcing the school/public library relationship. Whether you're a newbie ready to start your first collaborative summer reading program or a vet looking for fresh ideas to take your program to the next level, this webinar will give you the tools to succeed. Join us to learn from research, examples, and models for effective summer collaboration and beat the summer slide!

Learn how to:

  • Build a strategic collaboration between school and public libraries to reach kids over the summer
  • Integrate digital technology, including eBooks and audiobooks, effectively into your summer reading initiatives
  • Strengthen relationships with students while cultivating their reading skills

About the Presenters

Jen Cannell, EdD, is the 2019-2020 president of the New York Library Association. She is also the director of the School Library Media Specialist Graduate Program at St. John Fisher College. Jen's career began in Fairport, NY, where she was a middle school librarian before moving on to direct several school library systems. Jen has received a Crystal Apple for teacher of the year and was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award by the School Library Systems Association of New York State. Jen enjoys challenging work and has a passion for learning.

Mary Fellows, MLS, is manager of youth and family services at Upper Hudson Library System in Albany, NY. She earned her master's in library science from Indiana University. Fellows is editor of the publication Smart Training, Smart Librarians: Competency-Based Training for Youth Services and in 2011-2012 served as president of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

MLA Citation

Cannell, Jen C., and Mary Fellows. "The Perfect Equation for Summer Reading Success: School + Public Librarians." School Library Connection, August 2018,

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Entry ID: 2150155