After the panicked realization that I had about a day to prep our Summer Reading Program’s grand prize table, I whipped together the sign, cut/taped two plastic table cloths (based on this inspiration – thanks Blair-Preston PL!), and arranged a variety of books beneath it.
Without further ado, here’s this year’s prize table (prior to the books going underneath the tablecloth):
And the reverse shot with me holding the camera over my head:
And this is what the books look like beneath (we reset after every child if we’re able to). It goes, from left to right, youngest books to oldest, and then non-fiction options on the right. The non-fiction has been doing great this year!
This year (as compared to last, well, because astroturf) we’re able to flourish the lightweight plastic tablecloth as we drape it over that small partial wall – you can see an example of this in the above picture. It’s awesome. The only bad thing is that the plastic likes to cling to the cardboard boxes beneath the table so that you can see them. Very nitpicky of me, but I don’t like the “magic” of our replenishing grand prize table revealed.
We’ve had an even better response to our books-as-grand-prizes this year, and I think it’s mainly because 1. kids are now anticipating it since it’s our second year doing it (one mom said that her daughter could hardly wait all summer for this week to come because she’d get books), and 2. we integrated the grand prize into our Summer Reading Booklet. Before it was only mentioned in the booklet’s instructions, but not given an actual featured week.
Added bonuses: this year I’ve spoken with several parents about our program because of this table. They’ve been using our library for awhile and didn’t realize that we gave away books as prizes. The two I spoke with this week expressed how excited they are to join in the fun next year! Yay!
The other bonus is that very coincidentally, the green “slime” almost perfectly matches our new library bags. It looks like we had a master plan all along.