This Year’s Theme
According to the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time, young people across the state experience learning losses when they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer.
With funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, each year the Library of Virginia provides training, manuals, clip art, posters, bookmarks, and promotional materials for summer reading programs to Virginia’s public libraries, helping students maintain or improve their reading skills. Through this year’s summer reading program, “Read to the Rhythm,” 356 library buildings representing 92 library systems across Virginia will provide a variety of high quality, free, and fun learning experiences during the summer to help mitigate summer learning loss, especially in the area of reading.
“Numerous studies show that summer learning opportunities improve academic outcomes for youth. Early and sustained summer learning opportunities lead to higher graduation rates and better preparation for college. Summer programs have also been shown to positively affect children’s self-esteem, confidence, and motivation,” according to the National Summer Learning Association’s research brief “Doesn’t Every Child Deserve a Memorable Summer,” located at www.summerlearning.org.
To find a public library summer reading program, visit www.lva.virginia.gov/public/libraries.asp. For more information on reading activities, visit www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/summer/index.shtml, www.daybydayva.org, or www.facebook.com/VirginiaReads.