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Outcomes-Based Summer Reading: Using Your Results
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Using Your Results

Demonstrating the value of your work and promoting the library

  • Use your survey results and the results of your outreach to promote the value and importance of your library.
  • Let politicians, potential funders, the library foundation, your supervisors, and any other stakeholders know the impact of your summer reading program.
  • Tell your stakeholders how many new patrons you reached out to and let them know about the great new partnerships you’ve developed! Take photos during the summer and include them when you present your results (don’t forget to get photo releases!).
  • Talk about your summer reading results with new patrons and community groups you’re reaching out to, to help them see how important the library is.
  • Sacramento Public Library puts summer reading data onto the library's screensavers for everyone to see.
  • Charlotte Mecklenberg Library puts a summer reading report on its website for everyone to read.
  • Sacramento Public Library has also developed a set of informative and evocative flyers that illustrate the importance of summer reading.

Improving library service

  • Use your focus group results to strengthen the programs that are going well and to change or stop doing the things that aren’t working for your community.
  • Use your data as a starting point for thinking and talking about why you do summer reading and the results you want to see from your summer reading programs. 

Training

  • Use your results and the feedback you receive from colleagues as training tools to help staff learn about outcome-based summer reading.
  • Talk with colleagues about what went well, what didn’t, and why.
  • Talk about how to improve your outcome-based summer reading program in the future. Don’t worry about the things that didn’t go well—any lessons you learn can be used to make the program better in the future.
  • Use your results to promote outcome-based summer reading to colleagues and demonstrate why you’re presenting summer reading in this way.