Summer clubs keep kids reading

By Pam Christensen, Superiorland Library Cooperative

The “summer slide” is not a new amusement park ride, but something teachers know all too well—the loss of reading skills that occurs during summer vacation. This loss of achievement is especially difficult for struggling learners, who work so hard to gain reading achievements during the school year. To return to school in the fall having slipped back to a lower reading level can be disheartening for students and their teachers.

Summer reading clubs have been offered at public libraries for many years. Public libraries traditionally see a summer slump in library visits and circulation. People are on vacation or too busy enjoying outdoor activities to visit the library, while others just want a break from active learning in the summer.

For many years, libraries have tried to counteract the summer slide by offering programs, reading clubs and special reading incentives. Attracting people to the library was the main focus of this summer programming. Unfortunately, planning, organizing and implementing the summer reading club at each library was time consuming for library staff. The burden of conducting a summer reading club overwhelmed the…

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