New York State Summer Reading

New York State Summer ReadingSummer reading programs are well underway at this point. For me, that  means most of the work that I do for the NYS 2013 summer reading site is done.

This year I took advantage of embedding content from Pinterest and LibraryThing.  Pinterest boards for Teen and Kids activities were embedded on these pages: Word Games & Puzzles (consistently the most popular page on the site), Teen Crafts & Fun and Kids Crafts & Fun.  These are collaborative Pinterest boards, so anything pinned by any of the group members shows up on the summer reading site without any intervention or updating by me.

On the Teen booklists page, I thought our bulleted list of booklists was truly boring. I’m not criticizing anyone but myself here, the lists themselves have great titles in them, but my bulleted list was boring. We needed book covers!

Since this is a statewide site, I knew I couldn’t link titles back to any particular library catalog, so LibraryThing was perfect. I “stole” titles from all of the following wonderful booklists, added them to a teenreads collection and embedded a book cover widget on the teen page. It changes whenever the page is reloaded and since I keep adding books when I have a few minutes, there’s always something new. This page is one of the top most visited pages.

Some of the booklists included are:

If anyone wants to suggest more booklists, please do! I am not a teen librarian, so picking YA titles is way out outside of my skill set! And if anyone wants to use the same booklist widget, I’ve put the embed code is in a google doc, please use it. I’ll likely by using this same strategy next year and add more books to the same widget.

With the 2013 work done, we’re now planning a major redesign of the site for 2014, a simpler layout, responsive design and more. Yay! WordPress (of course!)