Avoid the ‘Summer Slide’
Public library reading programs counter the “summer slide.”
Summertime means parades, vacations, swimming and hanging out at the library. That’s right. The public library is the place to be for engaging summer reading programs, activities and events.
Countering ‘Summer Slide’
Maybe you remember participating in a summer reading program as a kid and the satisfaction of completing a log and winning a prize. Turns out, these programs, while fun, are key in stemming the learning loss children generally experience. Researchers and educators call this learning loss “summer slide,” and studies show it can be prevented if children continue to read consistently between school terms. Your public library makes summer reading fun and accessible.
“Public library summer reading programs are ideal for preventing summer slide, as they offer free access to books and incentives to keep to children reading throughout the summer,” explained Alicia Parmele, Youth Services manager at the Algonquin Area Public Library District (AAPLD). “Plus, our qualified staff can help children find books that both interest them and are appropriate for their reading level.”
Wild About Reading
AAPLD’s Wild About Reading program runs June 1 through July 31, with opportunities for not only children, but adults and high school students, too. AAPLD cardholders can register at the Harnish Main Library or the Eastgate Branch Library. Kids can earn a water bottle, water-squirt toy, tie-dye shirt and a book as prizes. Adults and teens can win prizes and enter drawings for gift cards and Kindle Fire readers, respectively.
The library also offers programs focusing on reading and building reading skills to help children maintain their literacy levels over the summer.
New this year is AAPLD’s Early Learning Academy, with two four-week sessions for kids ages 4-6 that reinforce a child’s early reading and writing skills with songs, games and learning centers. AAPLD also offers a three-session program for kids in grades 2-4 called “What Do Good Readers Do?” The program helps kids stay on track with strategies for success as they practice reading skills through activities, games and stories.
Finally, AAPLD’s very popular Book Buddies program continues during the summer. Children going into grades 1-8 are paired with high school student volunteers to practice reading aloud in this six-week program. (To volunteer, call Jen Jazwinski at 847.458.3153).
AAPLD also holds special summer events, including Star Wars Outdoor Movie & Concert Night on July 26; the Fox Tails Storytelling Festival on August 1; and National Night Out on August 2. For more, visit aapld.org or call 847.458.6060.