Summer Reading Club Success

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!

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8 Responses to “Summer Reading Club Success”

  1. Allison McCready Says:

    Was hoping for some way to tell you how wonderful this was. It was so fun to put stickers on the days when they would sing or tell me a story. Plus, it gave us more incentives to open books daily. Really enjoyed the coloring of the fish as it identified their calendars. I was also impressed with the “awards” the kids received at the end of the club. They were so excited to go to Pizza Hut, getting their haircut and also the future hockey game. They played with all of the toys. It made them feel extra special for “earning” them.

    Thank you for all you do!

  2. Jen @ BigBinder Says:

    This program is mentioned every year in my “Summer Reading Club” post! What was different about this program that my kids loved was that they could put the stickers on the days they read – they’re both fairly young. They really saw the calendar fill up and I think it was more meaningful when we went to turn in the reading logs. They really understood that they “earned” it. Thanks for a great summer full of events to celebrate reading! KDL Rocks.

  3. Kari Says:

    Awesome program! My 6 and 4 year old did it last year and this year looked forward to it! My daughters hung it on their door and loved placing a sticker on each day when we read together before bed. Thank you so much for this wonderful summer activity!!!

  4. edehaan(KDL Staff) Says:

    Thanks so much for your feedback. It sounds like the stickers were a real hit! What a great bedtime routine, Kari. Let us know if you have any other stories, ideas or suggestions and keep that feedback coming!

  5. edehaan(KDL Staff) Says:

    Thanks for all you do to help promote library programs, Jen@BigBinder. You do an awesome job! We’re so fortunate to have people like you helping to spread the word.

    We’re glad you liked this year’s SRC program!

  6. Diane & McDuff Says:

    As a volunteer with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, I want to thank KDL for being innovative with the Ruff Reader program. My dogs and I have been listening to kids read for 6 summers and it just warms my heart when a child turns that corner and “gets” the excitement of reading. People who don’t know about the program are both surprised and intrigued by the concept of children reading to dogs. Thank you for allowing us to use our talents to spread the joy of reading.

  7. edehaan(KDL Staff) Says:

    Thanks, Diane. It certainly is great to see the way kids respond to these furry friends. We’re so glad we’ve had the opportunity to work with the West Michigan Therapy Dog organization. For those of you not familiar with the program, here are a few pics from our Sand Lake/Nelson Twp. branch:

  8. Krystn Says:

    I love how the summer reading program encouraged my 9 year old son to read. Usually it’s a struggle. He decided to sign up on his own – which encouraged his ownership of the program. He was so proud to redeem his prizes.