Many thanks to our sponsors for our great Instant Win & Grand Prizes this year!
Zap Zone Laser Tag
Friends of the Library
Dr. David Harkema
Brad’s Hair Studio
Eaton County Parks and Rec
Potter Park Zoo
Our Summer Reading Program has concluded for 2021! We hope everyone enjoyed all the events, prizes, and games we were able to offer! What was your favorite thing? Please take a moment to answer the short survey on the right, we would love to hear your thoughts about our SRP this year and what you would like to see/do next year!
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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 helps your imagination take flight, and is 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