[Libs-Or] On Your Mark, Get Set… READ!

Jessica Rondema jessica.rondema at state.or.us
Thu Jun 16 16:19:08 PDT 2016

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June 16, 2016


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School is out for the summer! Research by Harris Cooper and his colleagues indicates, “At best, students showed little or no academic growth over summer. At worst, students lost one to three months of learning.” How are you going to help your children remember what they learned last year so they’re ready to level up when they go back to school?

Providing children access to books, allowing them to choose what they want to read, talking with them about what they are reading, and going to the library are four things you can do to help your children stay at the same reading level or improve their reading skills this summer (Kim, 2006). But don’t forget, kids need a break from the rigors of school so make fun the priority of summer learning!

All public libraries in Oregon offer a free summer reading program. While the fun activities and reading challenges may be different at each library, they all have great books for kids to choose from and opportunities for kids to make new friends. Most libraries also have arts and crafts and STEM activities so kids can do fun thing to practice the skills they learned in school last year. Many libraries also bring in professional performers that put on free shows for families to enjoy together. Contact your local public library to find out what’s going on in your community this summer (Oregon Library Directory, http://libdir.osl.state.or.us/).

The statewide summer reading program at local libraries is supported in part by the state general fund through the Ready to Read grant program and the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, both administered by the Oregon State Library.

Cooper, H., Nye, B., Charlton, K., Lindsey, J., & Greathouse, S. (1996). The effects of summer vacation on achievement test scores: A narrative and meta-analytic review. Review of Educational Research, 66, 227-268.

Kim, J. (2009). How to Make Summer Reading Effective (National Summer Learning Association Research in Brief). Retrieved from http://summerlearning.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/HowToMakeSummerReadingEffective.pdf

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