Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer reading beats ‘Summer Slide’

Infographic showing that access to books during the summer prevents loss of reading skills among students. The caption proclaims, 'Kids Who Read Beat Summer Slide. Studies show that access to books during the summer prevents a drastic loss in reading skill - especially for kids in need.' Three figures of children are shown on the left of the graphic, with angled lines representing their gain or loss of reading ability as measured by reading test scores: a gain of 24.15 among students from low-income households with access to books, a gain of 15.51 among students from high-income households with access to books and a loss of 9.77 among students from low-income households without access to books.
Image source: Jackson County Library Services on Facebook
With school out for the summer, Jackson County Library Services is gearing up for summer reading. With an infographic, it touts summer reading as an antidote to “Summer Slide,” that drop in children’s reading skills when they don’t engage in educational activities.

While “Summer Slide” should no longer be an issue for a committed life-long learner, I appreciate the opportunity to revisit an important influence. I would not be the avid reader I am today without regular visits to my library.

“Fizz Boom Read” is the theme for this year’s children’s summer reading program. The teens’ summer reading theme is “Spark a Reaction.” For more information about summer reading programs at JCLS, visit www.jcls.org/summer.html. Activities and events are planned at multiple branches in the library system.

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