Library Corner: Libraries Rock! A fun way to avoid summer slide |

Library Corner: Libraries Rock! A fun way to avoid summer slide

Jeanie Johnson
Grand County Library District

What image does “summer slide” conjure up for you? Being from Oklahoma where the summers are hot, I think of Slip-n-Slides, those slides you hook up to your water faucets. What fun! However, from a librarian, educator, and parent’s viewpoint, “summer slide” is not a fun concept; it is one we want to avoid.

Summer slide is the result of children’s failure to read regularly during the summer months. When children who have not read regularly return to school in the fall, their reading fluency and comprehension will have slipped significantly — often by as much as three or four months. In other words, when they enter school in September, their reading comprehension and fluency will resemble closely their skill set from February the year before. This seems to imply that a child who does not read during the summer will benefit during his school years from only about five months of reading growth per year instead of nine months. This gap accompanies children through the school years, causing them to be about two years behind the majority of students in ability by the time they get to high school.

So, what are we to do? The library has an answer for that! The Grand County Library District’s Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock!” begins June 1 and runs through July 31. Free to all ages, from newborns to adults, this year’s program promises lots of activities, reading, and fun. The incentives and prizes have been purchased, the reading logs are all printed and ready, and the librarians are excited and ready to rock!

Stop by your local library and register for Summer Reading! With a musical theme, the libraries are rocking.

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Jeanie Johnson is the director of public services for the Grand County Library District.

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