With KDL’s Summer Reading Club now over, it’s a great time to reflect on the amazing accomplishments of this year’s participants. Over 20,600 children and teens read their way through the summer months in order to accomplish their reading goals. During that time, new worlds were explored and new discoveries were made through the power of books and reading. In addition to that, young minds were kept active and sharp by engaging in the process of reading. Studies have consistently shown that children who do not read during the summer typically score lower on tests at the end of summer than they did at the beginning.
In addition to these benefits, did you also know that:
• Summer programs that involve some form of parental involvement produce larger, positive effects than programs without this component?
• Summer reading setback is one of the important factors contributing to the reading achievement gap between rich and poor children?
So, although Summer Reading Club is certainly a great way to have fun and win prizes, the benefits go far beyond that. We’re also proud to highlight that, as published by the Public Library Association, successful summer reading clubs are defined as those that reach more than 8% of the total school-age child population, and the Kent District Library reached 18% this year!
KDL would like to thank and congratulate all of this year’s Summer Reading Club participants and we look forward to seeing you again next year.
We’d love to hear about your favorite Summer Reading Club book or activity. And if you’re a parent, let us know how your child may have benefitted from their participation. Please leave your feedback in the comments section below. Thanks!