Summer reading programs at the library help prevent ‘summer learning loss’

With one of the worst winters and wettest springs on record finally behind us, we’re all ready for the joys of summer. Swimming pools, parks, day camps, playgrounds, amusement parks, and even just the backyard are some of the favorite summer destinations for kids in our community who are ready to relax and have fun after the school year.

All that summer fun, however, can lead to “summer learning loss,” a phenomenon where kids sometimes lose the academic skills they gained during the school year.

“Kids who read or engage in other literacy-based activities over the summer will retain more of their skills than kids who don’t,” said Susan Black, children's services librarian flr the Heights Libraries.

That’s why the Heights Libraries are ready to combat that potential learning loss with fun-filled summer reading activities for children and teens that will make the library a summer destination, too.

Children who sign up for this year’s summer reading program, which has the theme, “One World, Many Stories,” will be encouraged to read in a variety of ways. They will be able to track their reading over the summer months with a colorful mural in the children’s area, and participate in special events, such as a puppet workshop, a magic show, multicultural crafts, and a raffle with prizes.

“It’s not like doing a book report,” said Black. “We make reading fun for the kids, and tie it in to all kinds of activities that will spark  young imaginations.”

Teens will have their own summer reading program, “You Are Here,” which will also encourage summer reading with related activities. Ther will be a teen film festival to encourage them to explore the connection between literature and film.

Children and teens can sign up for summer reading programs at all four Heights Libraries—Lee Road, University Heights, Coventry Village and Noble Neighborhood. For more information, ask a children’s or teen librarian.

Sheryl Banks

Sheryl Banks is the marketing and community relations manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:40 PM, 06.02.2011