Inclusive Summer Reading Strategies

The Illinois Library Association's IREAD Committee wants to know how libraries can make summer reading inclusive to children of all abilities, and they've reached out to SNAILS for suggestions! Since you already have summer reading on the brain, won't you take a few minutes to submit your special needs or inclusive strategies to be considered for the 2016 IREAD Resource Guide?

Don't worry if you haven't tried out the idea yet. We are all still in the learning process! What we want to do is get in the habit of designing our programs with different abilities in mind before the reading club/program starts so that we don't have to make last minute accommodations. How would you design your summer reading club/program to be accessible to all? How could you apply universal design to the following components? 
  • Registration and Recording 
  • Programs and Events
  • Inclusive Programming Strategies
  • Crafts, Makerspaces & DIY
  • Partnerships
  • Decorations and Displays
  • Publicity and Promotion
  • Teen Volunteers
  • Bibliographies
  • Staff Resources
The theme for next year is Read - For the Win! in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics, so sports and game-related ideas are welcome. No idea is too small to include, and original articles are welcome.

To submit on behalf of SNAILS, just add your ideas to our Google Sheet and we'll organize and enter them as a whole. If you'd rather submit as an individual, you may fill out the submission form and send any related documents to Tom Kochinski at ideas(at)

Submissions are due by Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Let's make a difference together!