Summer Challenge #1: Join a Summer Reading Program

According to the School Library Journal, “Based on the findings of a recent three-year study by Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, we can confirm what many librarians have long suspected: students who take part in their local library’s summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills. In fact, we found that kids who participate in these programs are 52 Lexile points ahead of their peers who do not. Summer reading programs are also an antidote for learning loss. So instead of losing knowledge and skills during the summer months, kids who attend reading programs actually show gains.”

This week be sure to stop by your local library and join a free summer reading program. If you are in Central Ohio there are a number of programs to join. Will you be joining one of the following?

Bexley Public Library: “”Build a Better World and READ!” Starting on May 31, join Bexley’s Summer Community Read by signing up at the library. Kids, teens, and adults are invited to read, attend exciting and engaging programs, and enter to win amazing raffle prizes Zoo passes, tickets to The Wilds, Zoombezi Bay tickets, COSI passes, Shadowbox Live tickets, King’s Island tickets, Columbus Landmarks tours, a Kindle Fire, and much more!”

Columbus Metropolitan Library: “”Be a Hero. Read” is the theme, inviting participants of all ages to read and earn great prizes while completing reading and library activity goals. The nine-week Summer Reading Club runs Saturday, June 3, through Saturday, Aug. 5. All participants will need a CML library card to sign up.”

Upper Arlington Public Library: “Build a Better World” begins Monday, May 22 and runs through Sunday, July 30. “The annual Summer Reading Club has begun! Register your whole family — from babies through seniors — for a summer full of books and maybe even some prizes. Kids earn prizes for reading 5, 10 and 15 hours, while teens and adults earn chances in weekly drawings for gift cards.”

Westerville Public Library: “Build a Better World” runs Tuesday, June 6, through Thursday, August 6. Reading can reduce stress, increase empathy for others and keep your mind sharp. And it’s fun! Challenge yourself to a summer of reading and win prizes along the way.

Worthington Libraries: “The Artful Summer” runs Tuesday, May 30, through Sunday, July 30. Worthington Libraries thinks you’ll “Louvre” how fast you can turn fun stuff like reading, creating and exploring into free stuff like food, toys and more this summer!

Check-in each week this summer for adventure ideas in your community. My hope is that each and every adventure will be different and exciting. Please connect and share your experiences on the weekly adventures using #saynplaythesummeraway. 

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