Public libraries offer summer reading programs to help stop ‘summer slide’

To battle the effects of summer slide, public libraries around Pennsylvania offer summer reading programs to interested students and their families.

Studies show that summer slide is exacerbated by socioeconomic status – and the gap caused by summer slide only widens over time. After just a few summers, students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds will see their reading achievement scores drop below national averages.

On Thursday, July 13, Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera visited Newberry Elementary School in the West Shore School District to tour its mobile library, which travels across the region bringing books to students of all ages under the district’s “Driving Reading Home” literacy program.

“Summer vacation is a fun-filled time for children across the commonwealth, but spending too much time away from studies can have detrimental effects on a student’s future success,” Secretary Rivera said. “Children who do not engage in educational activities during the summer months may often lose developmental milestones and important reading retention skills. West Shore School District’s efforts to promote summer reading will certainly help its students combat the summer slide.”

The federal Keystones to Opportunity grant is awarded to Pennsylvania schools to improve literacy outcomes for all students. The program supports programs that advance literacy skills through professional development, screening and assessment, targeted interventions for students reading below grade level and research-based methods of improving classroom instruction and practice.

Visit your local library for more information on summer and year-round reading and education programs for kids and teens:

Adams County Library

Cumberland County Libraries

Dauphin County Library System

Franklin County Library System

Library System of Lancaster County

Library System of Lebanon County

Public Libraries of Perry County

York County Libraries


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