Beat Summer Slide
Children have a lot to look forward to as summer approaches: sleeping late, hanging out with friends and going to the beach. But with all of the “down time” time out of the classroom during the months of summer vacation, children can lose some of the skills they learned during the school year. Researchers have identified summer learning loss, also known as “summer slide,” as a very real problem. In a 2009 government webcast, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called it “devastating.”
To help prevent summer slide, Virginia Beach public libraries offer an annual summer reading program challenge that provides engaging, informal learning opportunities and encourages children and teens to read a little each day and to track the time they spend reading. Upon completing 15 hours of reading and turning in their reading logs, children and teens will be able to select a new book to keep, compliments of the Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library, and they’ll also receive passes and freebies donated by local restaurants and fun spots.
Virginia Beach public libraries will host exciting, FREE events for all ages, all summer long. Programs include visits from:
- Children's Museum Bubble Program
- Creature Comforts
- Fischer Sundae Puppets
- Gracie the Clown
- JB Rattles Reptile Show
- Art with Kim Herman
- Mud Puddle Science
- Pancake Pig Costume
- Ryan the Balloon Guy
- Sounds of Joy -- the Reluctant Dragon
- Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center puppet show (week 4)
- Virginia Living Museum
- Virginia Beach Fire Department -- fire truck & clowns
“Reading and involvement in fun, enriching library activities help children and teens become better readers and learners,” said Victoria Strickland-Cordial, Youth and Family Services manager for Virginia Beach Public Library. “Studies show that library reading programs help prevent learning loss during summer months. Reading for as little as 20 minutes a day can make a big difference in a child’s reading ability.”
Virginia Beach Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge begins Monday, June 17, and ends Saturday, August 9. In addition to the children’s and teen programs, there is also an adult summer reading program. Adults who complete the program will be eligible for a small prize and the chance to win a prize basket.
The Summer Reading Challenge is generously funded by the Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library and the Virginia Beach Public Library Foundation.
Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge online at www.VBgov.com/SRP. Find out about exciting programs and events by visiting the library's online calendar or contact the the library nearest you.