Summer is finally here! We’re pretty excited, and especially for a particularly good reason: it’s time to start the Summer Reading Program. So why are we excited about the program? Because we like books? Of course. Because we appreciate air-conditioning during hot Oklahoma summers? Well, sure. But the main reason we’re all about the Summer Reading Program is because it prepares our youth for better performance in the future.
It’s not just a good idea that kids stay intellectually stimulated throughout the summer months, its actually pretty vital. There happen to be many studies about the benefits of reading programs (such as the ones listed on the New York State Education Department’s report, The Importance of Summer Reading Programs , or this one by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction). Almost all of them indicate children who miss out on intellectual activities during the summer months – a time many researchers call “the summer slump” – are not only set back when they return to school in the fall, but have achievement gaps later on in middle and high school years as well. (If you are interested in this topic please check out the links at the bottom of the page…)
But your public library is here to help of course! Three words: Fizz, Boom, Read! Following the national summer reading program initiative, Fizz Boom Read reflects the utilization of STEM curriculum in today’s schools. It also strives to increase science-related activities in public libraries.
Thomas J Harrison Pryor Public Library is going to buzzing with some incredibly awesome and fun science activities. We have stuff planned for kids of all ages, by the way. Live performers, exciting visits from the Science Museum of Oklahoma, animal guests from a wildlife rescue, and readings by the most animated of storytellers are mere highlights of what kids will be able to see and do this summer. We’ll also have a weekly book club for kids 9-12, and some pretty rad science projects for teens every Thursday in July.
Of course, all of this starts officially tomorrow/today with our annual turtle race. Come by and check out all the fun we’re having!
More information on the importance of summer reading programs:
“Library Summer Reading Programs: ALA Library Fact Sheet 17.” Ala.org. American Library Association, January 2014. Web. 2 Jun. 2014.
Alexander, K., Entwistle D., & Olsen L (2007). “Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap.” American Sociological Review. no. 72, 167-180.