Now that our summer reading program is finished, I can finally explain the things I did at my library this summer.
For our kickoff event, we have always had a performer, and we usually hold it on the lawn of the library. In addition to a performer this year, we had these things:
- Free ice cream from a local dairy
- A photo booth with SRP-related props
- Miniature ponies
- Face painting with our teens
I ended up being really sick on the day of our kickoff event, so I missed out on all the fun. However, aside from a table for people to sign up for summer reading, the rest of these things were run by outside groups and didn't require much staff involvement. There were enough different things for people to do that they could enjoy themselves, and no one felt like they had to stay on the lawn for the entire event, either. Events that are easy on our staff and enjoyable to our patrons are a win-win in my book.
Looking back at the end of summer, I can't think of anything I would do differently, except for not being sick.
How was your summer kickoff? Are you making any changes for next year?