Summer Solstice Book Club

  • Location
    Kankakee County, Illinois
  • Status
  • Age Level
    5 to 7 Years
    8 to 10 Years
    11 to 13 Years

The Problem

Last summer our organization held a book fair at the Pembroke Public Library District attended by parents and students from the Township. During this event we were able to give away over 75 new books. Our goal was to hold the event again this year but due to shelter-in-place and social distancing orders by federal, state and local governments because of COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Solstice Book Fair was canceled. With students across the country participating in distance learning potentially, until the end of the school year, we want to make sure we continue to support student’s access to reading materials during the Summer months.

Our Plan

Our goal is to get books directly into the hands of students through our FREE mail delivery Summer Solstice Book Club for students K - 12 grade. Each month (June - August) student(s) will receive receive 1-2 FREE books based on their age, grade level and interest. Books will be mailed directly to their home.

Themes Addressed

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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

We completed our project with 50 students enrolled in our Summer Solstice Book Club and mailed out over 150 books during the 3 month period.

Through this project I/we learned:

Through his project we learned to find a solution to a problem, getting books directly into the hands of students while still following health guidelines surrounding COVID-19 by implementing our mail program.

What I/we might change:

If we did this project again we might change how we reach out and engage parents to get greater participation.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

My favorite part of this project was having the younger volunteers select some of the book titles that were mailed to students.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Involving our young volunteers in the complete project kept them engaged throughout the whole process.

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