Avoid the Summer Slide

Avoid the Summer Slide and Win Some Prizes While you Do It!

The end of the school year is upon us and it is time for kids to focus on camps, sports, vacations, and basically enjoying their liberty from the classroom. But as fun as summer is, there is always the danger of kids losing the educational gains that they have made during the school year. This is referred to as the ‘Summer Slide’ and it is a very real and troubling process that parents should be aware of. While it is important for kids to continue to have learning opportunities of all kinds during the summer, keeping up with reading is especially important. A study by the National Summer Learning Association found that students can lose more than 2 months of reading achievement during the summer. This especially hits low income students the hardest. However, there is good news. A study in the Journal of Reading Psychology found that children who were given access to books over the summer performed 35-40% better on reading achievement tests than those without access to books over a 3 year period.

Because reading during the summer is so important, libraries often create big and exciting summer reading programs. The Henry County Library is no exception. This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is exercise and fitness. Not only will participants be encouraged to read in order to complete reading logs and win prizes but the programs will focus on healthy living. By incentivizing reading and holding events and activities to encourage children and teens to participate in the program, the Henry County Library hopes to keep children reading throughout the summer and encourage a lifelong love of reading that will help them succeed throughout their school career and throughout their lives in general.

The Summer Reading Program will kick-off at 10:00 AM on June 4th with a big celebration at the Clinton library location on 123 E Green St. We will have performances by the Clinton High School cheerleaders and John French’s Flying Dragons martial arts group. We will even have a special story read to us by KayCee from the Kansas City Royals.

We have a lot of great grand prizes for this year’s programs. For the youngest patrons who are not yet independent readers we have a listener’s category. Remember, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents read to their children daily starting at 6 months of age. The grand prize for this group is a V-Tech Little Apps Tablet with 12 learning activities. The grand prize for the children’s category (readers who have not started the 6th grade) is a new bike donated by the Clinton Walmart. The teen program (6th-12th grade) grand prize is a Kindle Fire sponsored by First National Bank. And we haven’t forgotten about the adults. The grand prize for the adult summer reading program is a Fitbit.

All community members are welcome to participate in the summer reading program. We will be having events and activities throughout the entire program which runs from June 4th-July 30th. Everyone who finishes their reading list will receive a prize. Don’t forget to come down to the library this summer and sign-up! Although summer is meant for fun and vacation it is vital to keep kids reading during their break so that they don’t lose the reading progress that they have gained over the past school year. The Henry County Library is here to help! For more information on the upcoming kick-off and other summer reading program information call 660-885-2612 or look us up online at www.henrycolib.org.