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She also talks about the toll the Summer Library Program can take on staff. Is it fair to set things up so that youth services librarians (in particular) can never, ever take a summer vacation? Should library staff have to miss, or feel guilty for attending, family reunions and weddings, which inevitably occur during the summer? Is it sustainable to create a 3-month period when the level of activity and programming leave staff exhausted and program budgets depleted for the rest of the year?
How can we meet the needs and expectations of the families in our communities for excellent, engaging, amazing summer programs and still pay attention to the needs of staff? And the need for excellent, engaging, amazing programs year-round? This is something I've been talking about for a few years, and I know some of you have some strategies to share.