Thank you readers!
Thanks to everyone that participated in our Summer Reading Program this year, and a galaxy’s worth of thanks to our Sponsors! It wouldn’t have been a success without all of you!
Brad’s Hair Studio
Lapidary and Mineral Society
Eaton County Parks & Recreation
Friends of the Library
Grand Ledge Jewelers
Hachette Book Group
Dr. David Harkema
Meijer Store #210
Dr. Scott Stevenson
Zap Zone Laser Tag
Explore a new “Universe” with Wandoo Reader!
Haven’t had enough reading fun yet? Need to keep fighting the threat of summer slump? Want to earn more prizes? Participate in our online Wandoo Reader Space Race reading program in addition to our traditional Summer Reading Logs program. Complete the solar system challenges and record your reading minutes to earn prizes. Program continues on until August 31st!
Read By Grade Three Law–Why Is Summer Reading Important?
Sure, the GLADL Summer Reading Program is lots of fun—but it’s more than fun. Reading over the summer is “Mission Critical”– incredibly important for students and their academic achievement, from preschool to grade three and beyond:
- Children who don’t read over the summer experience summer learning loss, forgetting some of what they’ve learned during the school year. Worse, the effect is cumulative– children who lose reading skills over the summer may be up to two years behind their classmates by the end of 6th grade. Children actively participating in a library Summer Reading Program gain reading skills and increase literacy.
- The Summer Reading Program encourages kids to read whatever they want, to enjoy reading for recreation. Studies show children who read for fun often academically out-perform children who don’t.
- When families engage in summer reading together, they have meaningful conversations, share adventures and experiences while also making an impact on their child’s learning.
- The Summer Reading Program and all of its associated activities are FREE– safe, engaging, educational opportunities for all ages, all summer long!
For more about the importance of summer reading for our children, follow the link to an article from School Library Journal. For an impassioned statement about libraries, reading and daydreaming for adults by Neil Gaiman, read this article from The Guardian. Thanks to the Madison Public Library and ed.gov for contributed material. For more resources on the Read by Grade Three Law: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/3rd_Gr_Reading_Facts_Families_Final_629306_7.pdf