Outreach and Promotion
Children with print disabilities
Be sure to consider children with print disabilities in all of your outreach and promotion activities. Visit the plan for accessibility page [coming soon] for materials and resources.
Outreach to schools
Contact your local schools and arrange a visit to promote this summer’s TD Summer Reading Club (TD SRC). You can visit individual classes, groups of classes, or even ask to take part in a school assembly.
Consider making a sample package of TD SRC materials for the schools’ teacher-librarians or principals. We’ve prepared memos that you can customize and send out to schools along with the material:
- Memo to teacher-librarians [coming soon]
- Memo to principals [coming soon]
Allow at least 10 minutes for your presentation. Consider wearing a costume related to the theme, or dress as a favourite character in a book.
Our Join the Club! presentation [coming soon] highlights the important elements of the 2019 program. Add content to the presentation as desired to fit your local program, or create your own presentation. Be sure to bring along some of the print material and prizes for a show-and-tell.
Consider adding a fun element tailored to the size and age range of the group, such as an interactive story, picture book, book talk, or magic trick (the Crayon ESP is a simple and fun trick to learn). We’ve created a TD SRC Mad Libs to help you promote the Club in a fun way, which works well for groups of any size. To use the Mad Libs, prompt kids for a list of words and add them to the story before reading it out loud.
The fortune teller is another fun and simple way to promote the Club. Kids can add their own fortunes to the blank spaces and then fold them to play with others.
Visit the activities page for more great ideas to try during school outreach visits. Here are our recommended activities to promote the Club:
- For large audiences: Canadian Wildlife Sounds, TD SRC Mad Libs
- For classroom visits: Pixel Art, Spinners, Comic Templates
Outreach to parents with babies and preschoolers
Our pre-reader notebook (for kids ages 0–5) is designed for use with a parent or caregiver. During outreach visits to parental groups, highlight that the notebook includes activity ideas based on five skill-building practices—Talk, Sing, Play, Write, and Read—for them to engage in with their child. When practiced everyday, the activities will build language skills and can help their child become a reader. It’s important to highlight that the program materials will even benefit babies—encourage everyone to join the Club!
During an outreach visit to groups with toddlers and babies, consider combining some of the age-appropriate recommended books with our Nature Rhymes. For smaller groups, you may also want to add the Music Shakers activity as part of your visit.
Outreach to summer camps and summer schools
Children who are enrolled in summer-long activities such as day camps and summer schools often have difficulty participating in TD SRC through their library. Instead, you can go to them!
Get to know your community and the places that could benefit from outreach, such as the following:
- Summer day camps (municipal parks and recreation programs, private day camps, charity-run day camps, YM/YWCA, Boys and Girls Clubs)
- Childcare centres
- Community and public housing projects
- Faith-based programs
- Multicultural and immigrant services agencies and programs
Outreach to summer camps and childcare centres can take several forms:
- Programs at a camp or childcare centre: library staff or volunteers make trips to the camp or childcare centre to register children in the Club and offer activities.
- Visits to the library: kids and childcare workers visit the library for special activities. They could take part in regularly scheduled events or have special programs presented to them by library staff. All kids would be encouraged to register for the TD SRC during the visits.
- Onsite administration: the library provides TD SRC program materials and registration instructions to the camp or daycare, and the staff there register children in the TD SRC and administer the program onsite.
- You may need to order extra TD SRC materials if you are planning a significant outreach program
- Be sure to collect registration statistics from any registrations done outside your library
- Follow up with staff at any camps or daycares at the end of summer to get feedback on how the program worked and how future collaborations can be improved
Outreach to other community groups
In addition to working with children in formal care or camp situations, you can also take the TD SRC into the community by working with groups and agencies, such as:
- Girl Guides and Scouts
- Family literacy agencies
- Community information and health centres
- Family shelters
- Organizations serving children with disabilities such as CNIB, the Learning Disabilities Association, and Community Living
You can also look for opportunities to highlight the TD SRC at community events and locations such as:
- Canada Day and other community celebrations
- Local fairs
- Community picnics and outdoor events
- Local sporting events, hockey rinks, and swimming pools
Multilingual welcome message for parents and caregivers
We created a simple message for parents and caregivers to explain the TD Summer Reading Club, and it is available for you to download and print as needed, in English and French as well as these languages.
At the bottom of the message, there is space for you to add your library’s URL and logo.
Decorating your library
Illustrations by our 2019 artist, Clayton Hanmer, are available on our images page. Staff can use the images on display boards, program flyers, or throughout the library to advertise the Club.
Engage kids and celebrate their reading achievements by having them write their name and favourite book on a shape. Use the shapes to decorate your branch.
Follow us on Pinterest for great display ideas throughout the summer.
Our recommended reads are a great place to start for creating book displays. Aside from the books on our list, we’re certain you’ll have a lot of material on your shelves to create effective displays with this year’s natural world theme.
Get Your Summer Read On Day
Libraries are encouraged to host their “Get Your Summer Read On Day!” events or activities on a day of their choice from June 15–22, 2019. Let’s see how many kids we can get to register in a single week! We’ll share more information about this initiative in blog posts over the next few months.
Advertise in your local newspaper
Send copies of the program and promotional materials, along with information about the Club and the TD SRC website, to your local newspaper. The paper might be willing to run a story about the program and interview a staff member. If your budget allows, consider buying space in the paper as well. Our new print ad templates will make this easier than ever! Please be sure to adhere to the brand guidelines when designing your ad.
Local television and radio
Send your local cable and radio channels sample program materials and a brief description of the program. Offer to come and speak about the summer of fun that the library has planned. For television broadcasts, take the print materials and explain how children can register, collect stickers and track reading in their notebooks and on the website.
Promoting your program using social media
Social media is a great way to promote the TD SRC and interact with a wide range of people.
We have official Facebook and Twitter pages for the TD SRC. Our primary target audience is parents and caregivers. We want them to see how accessible, welcoming, engaging, fun, inclusive, inspiring and flexible the TD SRC is!
If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on social media to keep up to date with our latest news and events, and start sharing your library posts. The official social media usernames for the TD SRC are @TDSRC_CLETD for Twitter and @TDSRC.CLETD for Facebook. The official hashtag is #TDSRC. We also have social media banners [link to be added] that you can use on your library’s social media accounts.
Here are some ways that you can help us grow our community of readers across Canada:
- like and follow our national Facebook and Twitter pages
- invite your network—parents, friends and family—to like us too
- comment on, like and share our posts
- write a personal review of the program or encourage families who have participated in the past to write a review
- use the @mention or tag us when you post relevant content about the TD SRC so we can share and promote your activities throughout the summer (please use @TDSRC_CLETD for Twitter and @TDSRC.CLETD for Facebook)
Additionally, consider using your library’s social media to:
- Build excitement throughout June in anticipation of the TD SRC
- Promote TD SRC registration
- Promote upcoming TD SRC programs and events
- Run contests
- Offer literacy tips for parents and encourage discussion with your patrons
- Share photos or videos of TD SRC events
- Connect and collaborate with other participating libraries across the country
When library staff are enthusiastic about the Club, it is infectious and the kids will have a great time. So have fun and be creative!