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Thursday, May 16 • 2:50pm - 3:10pm
Assessing the Impact of a Free-Book Program on Parent Reading Frequency

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Salt Lake County Library wanted to better understand the impact a free book program can have on reading frequency. Staff at the County Library’s Byington Reading Room put together an English and Spanish survey for parents of children receiving a free book. 


Brian Peters

Salt Lake County Library System

Thursday May 16, 2019 2:50pm - 3:10pm MDT
Eagle Room 300 A
  (6) Public Librarianship, Speaker / Panel Session (20 minutes)
  • Topic Tags Assessment and Evaluation, Children's Services (0-5), Family Engagement
  • Objective 1 Does a free book program increase parental reading frequency
  • Objective 2 Librarians at the Salt Lake County's Byington Reading surveyed parents using the free book program and what type, if any, impact this had on reading frequency.
  • Objective 3 An analysis of the 183 surveys received at the Byington Reading Room showed the more visits parents had made to the reading room to pick up a free book, the more these parents read to their children.