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Sno-Isle Libraries program for summer reading can set stage for school success in the fall

Sno-Isle Libraries' summer reading program for students kicks off on Friday, June 1, 2018. Avoid the summer learning slump by enrolling in Explore Summer!
Sno-Isle Libraries' summer reading program for students kicks off on Friday, June 1st. Image courtesy of Sno-Isle Libraries.

From a Sno-Isle Libraries news release.

As the youngsters get set to slide into summer, Sno-Isle Libraries is ready to help stop their academic slide that usually occurs during the summer break.

“There are plenty of studies that show ‘summer slide’ is real,” said Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator at Sno-Isle Libraries. 

She went on to say, “Students begin to lose skills learned during the school year if they don’t keep using them and it all starts with reading.”

To help, Sno-Isle Libraries has lined up a summer’s worth of activities aimed at children, teens, and families.

Explore Summer has activities for children as well as teens.

“Explore Summer activities are all about ‘Read, Learn, Discover,’” Feldman said.

She added, “We focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills, and include arts, through fun and educational events and projects.”

A core feature of Explore Summer is a reading log and free books as prizes.

“It’s very simple. Just register, get a reading log and track 10 hours of reading, show the completed log to a library staff member, choose a free book,” Feldman explained.

Registration opens Friday, June 1, 2018, at sno-isle.org/summerkidssno-isle.org/summerteens and at any community library. 

Explore Summer runs through August 31st. The prizes are provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and local friends-of-the-library groups.

Feldman said there is a method to setting the 10-hour goal.

“Research shows that reading a minimum of 4-6 books during the summer can combat the summer slide,” Feldman commented. 

“Students who participate in summer reading programs maintain scores on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year,” she added.

Sno-Isle Libraries is again partnering on the reading-log program with the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County at certain sites in Snohomish and Island counties. In 2017, four clubs participated with 144 registrants. More than 52 percent of those who signed up achieved the 10-hour goal.

“It was exciting to see positive results in that first year,” Feldman said. She went on to say, “We’re taking the lessons learned and hope to expand the effort and increase the impact on youth in our communities.”

Read + log = free books!

Summer reading is fun, helpful and can earn free books. Here’s how to do it:

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