We’ve added everything up and, just as we thought, we had a very busy summer. Between the four library sites we presented 78 programs to children, teens, and adults. A total attendance of 6, 685. We also circulated 65,812 items during June, July and August.
To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months.
Many Americans have a wonderful image of summer as a carefree, happy time when “kids can be kids,” and take for granted the prospect of enriching experiences such as summer camps, time with family, and trips to museums, parks, and libraries.
Did You Know?
¨ All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer.
¨ Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.
¨ Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do. summerlearning.org
Be sure to take advantage of your public library. The Summer Programs for Children will run until the end of July. Schedules here or at the library.
Summer library programs for children start this week. Printable schedules are available here or ask at your library.
Tuesday, June 12 at Emily Taber PL in Baker County: Dream Big…Creative Crafts.
Thursday, June 14 at Bradford Co. PL: Family Movie Day 11-1pm
Thursday, June 14 at Union Co. PL: Games Large and Small
These programs are the start of a busy summer for children and the libraries. Remember to keep kids reading!
Children’s summer program schedules are now available online (printable schedule links) or pick one up at your library.
Some photos of summer 2011 programs at the libraries.
One World, Many Stories–many great programs scheduled at the libraries. Take a look at the schedules.
Oprah may be gone from daily daytime TV, but her affect on reading has been great. Her book clubs, encouraging children to read, and support of education have influenced Americans. Reading for Life: Oprah Winfrey.
Take a look at this article on Oprah and reading and books. Note especially her encouragement of children reading during the summer months. This is exactly what libraries do with summer library programs: keep children reading during the summer so that they don’t lose their reading proficiency. Here’s the combined summer program schedule.
Programs feature books, stories, crafts, performers, and general fun as we share our love of books and reading with children.
Check your library for a schedule or view it online here.