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Join the June 7th #summerreading tweetfest!

summerreading1 202x300 Join the June 7th #summerreading tweetfest!New York Times Learning Network editor/blogger, Katherine Schulten, wrote asking me to share news of what promises to be a big day in the bibliotwittersphere.

Mark your calendars. Spread the word. Tell your colleagues.  Tell the kiddos.

Let’s make this a huge international conversation. Let’s create the kind of  feed that even the most Twitter-resistant reader will want to follow.

Spread the hashtag: June 7th we tweet #summerreading.

From Katherine:

What’s on your reading list this summer? Guilty pleasures? Assigned reading? Audiobooks? Perennially popular series about dystopian survival games, a boy wizard, or a wimpy kid? Maybe even The New York Times?

Whatever you’re planning, and whatever your thoughts on the notion of “summer reading” in general, we invite you to take to Twitter on June 7 and tell the world.

Along with a big, and growing, list of collaborators, we’re encouraging people of all ages to post their lists, recommendations, thoughts and ideas with the hashtag #summerreading that day.

We’ll be following and re-broadcasting our favorite posts —much as we did on Oct. 20, the National Day on Writing, when people like Neil Gaiman, Diane Ravitch and Andy Richter joined thousands of students from kindergarten up to post messages about #whyIwrite.

What can you say on June 7? Well, here are a few ideas:

  • What you want to read — or have to read — this summer.
  • Wonderful, or awful, memories of summer reading
  • Quotes about summer reading, or about reading in general
  • Book recommendations for others
  • Tips for getting students to read in the summer
  • Links to booklists, contests and other resources
  • Summer book-club ideas
  • Visuals! Summer-book photos might be worth 1,000 words…
  • Summer site-specific recommendations: best beach books, camping books, car-trip audio books, family-reunion books, etc.
  • Best places to summer-read, or best things to eat and drink while summer reading
  • Thoughts about the concept of “summer reading” in general. For instance, why isn’t there “fall reading” or “winter reading” ?

So, teachers, bring your classes — and encourage all the adults you know to participate too.

Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida Florida Memory http://www.flickr.com/photos/31846825@N04/3293894998

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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