Every summer, libraries around the country pull out all the stops to deliver extra programming and exciting events to engage communities, especially children, in reading.
Preparing an engaging summer reading program is nearly year-round work. Why do we do it? We do it to celebrate the joy of reading, of course, but also to help stop the phenomenon known as the “summer slide,” where children often lose ground in the reading and math skills they gained throughout the school year. Studies have shown the effectiveness of reading-related activities in helping kids maintain reading skills over the summer, which in turn helps them be ready to start school in the fall.
Summer Reading at DBRL is really more than just reading, though. This year’s Summer Reading theme, “Libraries Rock!” lends itself to activities for all types of learners — visual, auditory, readers/writers and kinesthetic (hands-on). We use music to help engage young minds, as well as craft activities like rock painting to help kids learn.
Recognizing that families like to participate in Summer Reading together, and that adults also love to read, the program is open to all ages. It’s not too late to participate!
Check out www.dbrl.org/summerreading for sign-up information and a list of fun activities to do on hot summer days.