Lifelong Literacy

State Library Renews Support for ReadingRecord Summer Reading Tracking Software

The Colorado State Library has once again renewed their support for ReadingRecord summer reading tracking software!  ReadingRecord is a web-based application for libraries to track reading program participants. It is a cloud (hosted) service, meaning that no additional equipment is required to use ReadingRecord. It can be used to track most any kind of reading program: traditional summer reading programs, winter reading programs, 1,000 books before kindergarten programs, year-long programs, etc.

  • Colorado libraries WITHOUT dedicated IT staff can use ReadingRecord free of charge to track reading program participation, including 1,000 books before Kindergarten. This offer is limited to the first 20 libraries to sign-up, so get your request in soon.
  • Colorado libraries WITH dedicated IT staff can get $50 off the regular price of $150/year to track reading program participation, also including 1,000 books before Kindergarten. There is no limit to the number of libraries that can take advantage of this offer.

Many thanks to Beth Crist at the Colorado State Library for making this happen!

Please note: ReadingRecord is available as a hosted service to all libraries, not just those in Colorado.  It has been used across the United States and Canada to register over 947,000 readers and track more than 1.6 million completed levels for reading programs of all kinds at libraries of all sizes.  For more information about ReadingRecord, please see the Wiki at

A new feature has also been added: ReadingRecord can track which prize / task / etc. was selected for a level.  For more details check out the newly-updated demo site here: . Thanks to Carlen DeThorne at the Grayslake Area Public Library in Illinois for being the guinea pig.

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Let’s Grow Readers this Summer!

The best thing about summer reading is the weather. The longer and sunnier days make this the warmest season of the year.

As a child, the most exciting part of the summer was getting to spend time with my family, friends, and neighbors. A very active and curious kid, my summers represented extra time to explore, create, be messy, have fun and be with family members. Like other children my age, school days were also busy. After school, there were “after-school” activities; tutors, homework, and sports.

One summer, my mother took my sister and me to summer camp. I had a huge meltdown; I started crying and complaining and told my mother that I didn’t want to stay at the camp. My mom, like most mothers, started worrying. She began asking the usual questions: was someone being mean to me or had something happened to cause this reaction? As a typical kid, I couldn’t explain my feelings but what I did know was that I didn’t wanted to stay. Instead, I told her “Mom, I just want to stay with you today.”

As an adult and as an early childhood professional, I now have a better understanding of what was happening to me that day. Even though I was an independent child, sometimes I just needed to spend time with my mom and dad.

As a grown-up, I understand that most of my life skills were learned from daily interactions with my family as well as social interactions with friends and the community. I never went to a “life skills” summer camp or class. Instead, my knowledge came directly from my adult caregivers and peers.

Visiting your local library will help you develop pre-school readiness skills for your child.

Benefits of visiting your library this summer:

  • Free & fun activities
  • Libraries are accessible
  • Summer reading programs:

This year’s summer reading theme is “Libraries Rock”, and honestly our libraries rock! You can find your nearest local library visiting the following link:

  • Teachable moments:

These are every day and simple life experiences that can be used to teach something to anyone. When we read books to our children and have conversation about the book, we are creating a teachable moment. Children can learn about emotions and how to deal with them by reading a book about feelings and emotions. When children are able to identify and familiarize themselves with the situation, they can learn through the character and the story about their emotions. Libraries are full of teachable moments!

  • Family and Community engagement:

Giving you and your family the opportunity to interact with members of your community in a safe environment.

Some tips

Recommended apps and website to grow your reader this summer:

  • Grow a reader (APP). This mobile app takes the fun, interactive content from our popular early literacy programs and delivers it to parents via their smartphone or tablet.
  • On this website, you will find songs and rhymes that will help you build your reader this summer.


More summer readings incentive programs around Colorado

  • Bronco Bookworm. Read 5 books, submit your log, and receive the following: Certificate of Achievement, Broncos Bookmark, an invitation to Exclusive On-Field Bookworms Recognition Event and an opportunity to win Broncos tickets.
  • Colorado Rapids Reading Program. The Colorado Rapids Summer Reading Program provides Colorado area kids an opportunity to participate in their local Library District’s reading program and receive complimentary tickets to Rapids games as a prize.
  • Chuck E. Cheese summer reading fun! Kids can earn 10 free Chuck E. Cheese tokens for reading each day for 2 weeks. As a bonus: this reading program is year-round.
  • Book it program (Pizza Hut Summer Reading) This program motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition, and pizza.  Visit the following link to learn more about i:

More ideas

  • Colorado family attractions for kids 10 & under

  • 21 Places To Take Kids In Colorado (Before They Grow Up)

  • Colorado State Parks (Nature Activities for the Family & State Park Activity Backpacks


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Take Note Colorado meets Libraries Rock for a summer full of music

This summer, two statewide programs will combine forces to spread the joy of music and raise awareness of the importance of music education to communities across Colorado.

Under the leadership of co-chairs Governor John Hickenlooper and Isaac Slade, lead singer of The Fray, Take Note Colorado ( ) is a statewide initiative to provide access to musical instruments and instruction to every K‑12 student in Colorado, in recognition that music is a vital part of a well-rounded, vibrant education. Ensuring our students get the opportunity to experience and play music is a fulfillment of the cultural spirit of our great state, as well as a crucial investment in the continued growth of our thriving arts economy.

And in the summer of 2018, public libraries across Colorado and the country will celebrate the joy of music for all ages with the summer learning program theme of music and the slogan “Libraries Rock!” This program, from the national Collaborative Summer Library Program, will encourage Colorado’s residents of all ages to listen to, play, learn about, and have fun with music this summer and beyond through the state’s 258 public libraries. Stop by your local library to check out a CD (and maybe even an instrument!), catch a concert, sing with your kids during a musical storytime, and explore the many opportunities to enjoy and engage with music, all for free. Find your nearest library at

Take Note Colorado is an initiative built on the belief that we can all play a role in bringing music into the lives of students, and public libraries will do just that this summer and beyond. To learn more about this collaboration between Take Note Colorado and public libraries, please view this video.