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What is “Summer Slide”?


Avoid the “Summer Slide” and sign up for Summer Reading Program at the Anne West Lindsey District Library

As the students of Carterville prepare to leave school for their much anticipated summer break, you may hear a term called, “Summer Slide”.

What is “Summer Slide”? According to United Way of America, it can be defined as “the loss of academic skills over the summer break. When kids don’t read, work math problems, or aren’t engaged in other learning experiences, their education doesn’t continue and can actually regress.”

One way to combat this loss is by building an academic bridge. Children who participate in Summer Reading Programs, such as the one held at the Anne West Lindsey District Library this summer, and read a minimum of six books over the summer will score higher in reading and math when they return to school.

The following is a bulleted list of statistics from the 2016 Summer Reading Program at the Anne West Lindsey District Library:

·         234 children registered for the Summer Reading Program

·         Children, ages 6 through 13 years old, read over 54,876 minutes (over 914 hours)

·         Over 10,000 items were checked out throughout the eight weeks of Summer Reading

·         4,800 of these items were checked out to children

·         500 children and adults attended Story Hour

·         25 kids attended the fourth through eighth graders book discussion group on a weekly basis

·         Over 1,500 people attended the Thursday performances

·         The library experienced a 38% increase in circulation between the months of May and June

 

Though these are some amazing statistics and, most definitely, a positive reflection upon the families of Carterville, there is always room for improvement. We hope to see these numbers rise even more this summer!

Avoid the “Summer Slide” and sign up for Summer Reading Program at the Anne West Lindsey District Library May 22nd through May 27th.

Happy reading and enjoy a safe summer!

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