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Go Green with Engaging Library Summer Reading Programs for Kids and Adults

Summer reading programs provide amazing opportunities for children and families to learn outside of the traditional classroom setting and expand their knowledge of new and emerging topics. 

Libraries use prizes and giveaways to incentivize children and adults to sign up for summer reading programs. Children typically get incentives for signing up at various checkpoints during the program and for completing the program. These incentives range from local restaurant coupons to pencils and bookmarks. Libraries should not miss branding opportunities during these programs. Instead of ordering wholesale blank pencils and bookmarks, choose affordable branded promotional products kids will love. 

Eco Promotional Products, Inc. (EPP) makes it easier than ever for libraries to reduce waste, promote sustainability, and build a sense of community. Here are a few eco-friendly promotional products and activity ideas that will help make summer reading more engaging and more enjoyable, all while promoting sustainability: 

Give participants Custom Bookmarks made with a plantable seed paper shape. These USA-made bookmarks are functional for summer reading challenges. Eco-friendly readers can mark their reading progress and learn more about additional offerings at their local library. Custom bookmarks are made of 100% recyclable materials and feature a diverse mix of wildflower seeds. Readers can continue using the bookmark and plant the seed paper shape to grow wildflowers. Choose from dozens of different seed paper shapes to match program themes. 

Cotton Coloring Tote Bags are another practical giveaway for summer reading programs. They offer a solution to help participants carry books and other items without using single-use plastics. The 100% cotton reusable tote bags are practical and fun since they are paired with six crayons for coloring. Recipients can make these bags their own and continue to make a positive impact on the environment with every use.  

Frisbees make great product giveaways because they are budget-friendly and stand out from typical freebies. EPP’s Recycled Frisbee provides eco-friendly fun by encouraging physical activity for kids and adults. Libraries can use these flyers to build excitement and an appreciation for the environment. Frisbees are made from 30% post-industrial recycled materials, come in a variety of colors, and are made in the USA.  

Promote outdoor story times and other programming with branded Recycled Sunglasses. They are Prop. 65-compliant, water and impact resistant, and have UV400 dark lenses for 100% UV protection. They are a promotional product kids and adults will hold on to for years since they complement other summer-themed activities. A one-color imprint can be added on each side of the arms to create a subtle yet eye-catching impression. 

EPP’s Recycled Water Bottles with flip straws are another summer-friendly promotional product with long-lasting, sustainable advantages. Reusable water bottles are molded with 100% post-consumer recycled PETE, BPA-free, and FDA-compliant. They hold 20 ounces and come with a built-in, drink-through flip straw for easy hydration. Add refillable water bottles to any bundle for participants and volunteers. Refillable water bottles help participants stay hydrated and reject disposable water bottles this summer and beyond. 

Summer reading programs offer fun and effective learning experiences. Show your commitment to sustainability by eliminating gimmicky giveaways. Call 877-ECO-WINS (877-326-9367) for more product recommendations and bring sustainability to your summer reading program.