ALA Unit/Subunit: YALSA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Recreate your summer reading program by leveraging the enthusiasm of avid readers in your community to infect the less-avid with the magical combination of a compelling book and a personal connection. Imagined in our private San Jose, California high school nearly 10 years ago, ReCreate Reading has been tested, tweaked and refined. In 2017, ReCreate Reading won YALSA's MAE Award for best literature program for teens. The program replaces required but dreaded annotation, essay writing and testing with dynamic, small group discussions that leave participants coming back for more. Despite zero threat of retribution, surveys indicate high percentages of students read titles they've selected. Our experience has been with high school students, but the program framework can work with at any age level in public, school and academic settings. Hear about the hazards to avoid and the amazing positive outcomes never anticipated.