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Avoid the ‘Summer Slide’

Your public library offers fun summer reading programs, activities and events.

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. Such programs are key in stemming the learning loss children generally experience. Researchers and educators call this learning loss “summer slide.” 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 the 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.”

2019 Summer Reading Program

This year’s AAPLD’s “It’s Showtime at Your Library” Summer Reading Program runs June 1 through July 31. Due to last year’s success, AAPLD is opening the program to EVERYONE! No AAPLD Library Card required. In 2018, 1,333 kids signed up, and 829 kids completed the whole program!

Youth Book Clubs

Book clubs offer the opportunity to read just for the fun of it and create communities of young book lovers. Being in a book club teaches kids valuable skills, including how to participate in a discussion by taking turns and appreciating others’ opinions.

Cover-to-Cover Youth Book Club, Grades 3-5
Thursday, June 13, 7-8 p.m.
For the month of June, participants will read Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. Stop by the Youth Services Reference Desk to grab your copy. Register here.

Pageturners Youth Book Club, Grades 5-8
Thursday, June 13, 7-8 p.m.
For the month of June, we will be reading Holes by Loius Sachar. Stop by the Youth Services Reference Desk to grab your copy. Register here.

Summer Book Buddies Program Seeking Volunteers

Though the Summer Book Buddies Program is full for 2019, AAPLD is still seeking buddy volunteers, Grades 9-12. Teens interested in volunteering may call the Teen Librarian Lindsey Tomsu at 847-458-3153 or on the Teen Services website.

Summer Events

AAPLD also holds special summer events, including Lunchapalooza: Scribble Monster (formerly called Lunch Hour Entertainment Series), Outdoor Movie Night on June 18, and Bus Trip to Hamilton: The Exhibition on July 10. For more information, visit or call 847-458-6060.


Harnish Main Library
2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL, United States
Eastgate Branch Library
115 Eastgate Drive, Algonquin, IL, United States

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