Outreach Program Tips and Ideas

Books Are Alive!
Twenty Program Ideas for Your Community

When contacting a school, library, or other group to schedule a program, it is helpful to suggest a timely event that you can tie into, which will help them in their instructional and planning efforts. Some suggestions are provided here:

  1. Conduct a program at a school or library to commemorate Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday (January 17).
     
  2. Conduct a program at a local library to commemorate National Library Lovers Month (February). Emphasize how the printed word helps to make libraries possible!
     
  3. Conduct a program at a local library to commemorate National Library Week (in April, generally the second full week).
     
  4. Conduct a program at a school or library to celebrate National Read Across America Day, March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Emphasize how the printed word helps to make Dr. Seuss books and all books possible!
     
  5. Conduct a program at a school or library to celebrate National Book Month (some observe in January, but the official celebration, sponsored by the National Book Foundation, is in May).
     
  6. Conduct a program at a school or library to celebrate National Children’s Book Week (observed the week before Thanksgiving).
     
  7. Conduct a program at a local school to tie into a "read-a-thon," reading challenge, or other event designed to motivate children to read.
     
  8. Conduct a program at a local school to tie into a writing contest, writing unit, famous writer’s unit, or other events designed to inspire children to write.
     
  9. Conduct a program at a local school to tie into units on adjectives, verbs, or other "special" words.
     
  10. Conduct a program for a local Boys and Girls Club to commemorate any of the events described above.
     
  11. Conduct a program for any other neighborhood organization that is trying to address the issue of literacy.
     
  12. Work with a local high school, community college, college, or scout group to get students to work with you in conducting a Books Are Alive! program for younger children. This can be a great community service project!
     
  13. Donate copies of Benjamin Saves the Books to a local children’s literacy project.
     
  14. Sponsor a school or sponsor a classroom! Donate copies of Benjamin Saves the Books to the school library or one for each student in a classroom of your choice.
     
  15. Conduct a program at a local museum or craft organization that may have a printing exhibit or special program for children.
     
  16. Conduct a program at a school or library to commemorate an historical event in the community. Emphasize the important role that reading and the printed word played in letting people know about this event.
     
  17. Conduct a program for children at a local hospital (many hospitals have volunteer reading programs and activities for extended care patients).
     
  18. Conduct a program for children involved in the local Head Start program.
     
  19. Promote summertime reading! Conduct a summer reading/activity program for children at a local library or community center.
     
  20. Promote family literacy! Conduct a reading/activity program for children and families at a local YMCA, YWCA, or community center.
     

REMEMBER: Books Are Alive! And Books Change Lives!

CREATE A MEMORABLE, POSITIVE PICTURE OF PRINTERS AND PRINTING IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

TIP: The Books Are Alive! Literacy Outreach Program Leader’s Guide contains tips, outlines, and templates to help implement these program suggestions.

Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 (updated 05/27/2014)

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