The third annual Summer Reading Forum was hosted by the Madison-Oneida School Library System and the Central NY Library Association in Oneida, NY. It provided an opportunity for area school and public librarians to meet, share summer reading program events from the previous year, and to plan for future collaborations.
One presentation was by Betsy Carnevale, Durhamville Elementary School Librarian (Oneida CSD). Betsy shared information on how the Oneida CSD elementary school librarians each presented a program at the Oneida Public Library last summer which correlated to the NYS Summer Reading program. Michele Ryan, Youth Services Librarian at the Oneida Public Library, told the group that this collaboration significantly boosted attendance at their programs! Oneida children were excited to see their school librarians outside of their schools. (At the end of the school year, the school librarians heavily promoted the event to the students.)
This Forum sparked plans for further public library/school library collaborations. School librarians plan to attend an upcoming public librarians meeting to pursue further collaborative projects.