Combating Summer Learning Loss with Fun and Inexpensive Outreach Programs

In this session you will learn how to create a high-impact, low-resource summer enrichment program for your library. Discover how to plan a program that meets specific outcomes, select a fun theme, establish a consistent format, and deliver it with minimal resources. Join us for this session to develop a program that will inspire kids to develop a lifelong love of reading through game-based literacy activities. Don't miss out on this chance to create a program you can do over and over!


Mayra Hassan 
Jacksonville Public Library 
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Mayra Hassan is currently the Learning Services Specialist for School Age and Teen programming at Jacksonville Public Library. Her role supports in ensuring library programming for children and teens is age appropriate, learning focused, and fun! Mayra holds a BA in Art from San Diego State University, an MA in Art Education from Boston University, and is currently pursuing an MS in Information from Florida State University. 

Raelyn Wiirre
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Raelyn Wiirre is the Manager of Youth Learning at the Jacksonville Public Library. Prior to her current position, she served as a branch manager and a teen and children's librarian. She pursued a library career after developing a love for literacy-based programming while working in various summer camps and afterschool programs. Outside of the library, Raelyn loves painting landscapes and spending time outdoors with her family.

Amy King 

Amy King is in her second year as the first Project Manager of the summer Story Journeys program at the Jacksonville Public Library. She has been presenting summer Story Journeys at area camps since 2019. Her library career began when she left her former life as a technical writer to travel the country with her Air Force spouse. She found “her people” after working in several kinds of libraries in multiple states and eventually earned a MLIS from Valdosta State University. Being an avid reader at an early age as well as being a kid at heart led to her passion of engaging youth to read for pleasure. Amy loves to share potential program books with her cats, who, as it turns out, are a pretty good test audience. 


Youth Services