Local Libraries Can Promote Summer Reading with PocketMaps

Summer's here, which means school's out! With so many kids now free from homework and classes, summer is a valuable time for local libraries to help kids get or stay in reading shape. Here are some ideas for summer reading PocketMaps to help librarians and library staff create summer fun activities that center around literacy!

Queens Library pocket map unfolded map side

1. Library Reading Scavenger Hunt: Children love a good treasure map, so why not turn the experience of reading into a treat? A map of all the different subjects of books offered at your library You can map out your special Children's Read Room section, or use the entire library with visible stations for children to stop and read at. Not only will they get to collect a prize, but having them exploring your reading room or library can expose them to new books, or even just feel more comfortable navigating the stacks.

2. Maps to explore city history: Maps about the town center or various local landmarks are a great way to send kids around town to read and learn about their home. This could be a great project to work on with local historical organizations and non-profits in your town, especially organizations in charge of historic monuments or landmarks. You can map out historical places that already have signs and descriptive plaques for children to read with their parents. Paired with some historical fiction or non-fiction books in your collection, kids can better learn about their hometown when they can connect it to physical markers they see day by day.

Queens Library pocket map unfolded showing all their branches for people to visit

3. Summer book fair map: Does your library host a book fair to help raise funds for your library? A map that points out all the shelves and tables of books can be a great way to encourage kids to find books in their interests. You can turn it into an exploration game by having staff stamp a booklet of each child's stop, which can lead to free or discounted books based on their collection.

In these ways, maps are a great, creative way to help your cause. For more map creating advice to serve your goals, contact us.


July 01st, 2015
by Mark Minoff

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