Thursday, May 28, 2015

Why Summer Reading is Important

Let’s be honest. Sometimes summer vacation doesn’t feel like a vacation. With different sports teams, camps, hangouts, and the other things life throws our way in the summer, participating in a Summer Reading program can seem like the straw that just might break that camel’s back. However, very few summer activities have as much influence on a child’s academic success in the following school year, and in the future. Here’s the breakdown: 

  • The “Summer Slide”-- It’s estimated that over summer break students lose up to a month of instruction. This loss is cumulative. In the fall, other children move forward with skills, therefore there is no “catching up”. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates.
  • As schools close for the summer, a child’s primary resources for learning and reading materials can be no longer available. So, come to the Library! Summer Reading programs provide all kinds of engaging learning opportunities. As a Library, we’re here to help. Differences in out-of-school access to books, positive reading practices, and connections with institutions that are supportive of self-discovery and reading, account for much of the disparity in student academic success, which has a cascading effect as children grow and develop.  
  • Studies show that children that read more, read better; they also write better, spell better, have larger vocabularies, and better control of grammar. Communication skills are imperative to success in the future. 
  • The keys to a continuing interest in reading are positive reading experiences. For a reluctant reader, this can be difficult to remedy. Summer Reading programs show that reading can be fun, and is not just for school.
  • Using and engaging with different formats (print books, e-books, audiobooks, etc.) is encouraged. This can make the difference when it comes to showing the fun and value of reading. Reading happens in many forms, and it just takes one book to make a reader.
  • Summer Reading programs allow children to choose the books themselves and explore their interests. This is paramount when encouraging children to read. No one likes to do things they don’t like and aren’t interested in, and reading a book you don’t like is especially a bummer. With Summer Reading this is never an issue. A child’s natural curiosity is nurtured by reading.
  • Something that is hard to come by these days are family activities that have no cost. And Summer Reading is free! There are only gains from Summer Reading.

Bottom line, Summer Reading programs are important. They bring communities together, create stronger family bonds, encourage creativity and learning for people of all ages, and are a great way to spend time. Harness the opportunity of summer. Even if participating in a Summer Reading program in its entirety isn’t feasible for your schedule, sign up anyways. Any reading is worthwhile, and will make a world of difference in your child’s life.

For more information check out these links: 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Gearing Up for Summer Reading

It's hard to believe, but SRP 2015 is upon us! With only 35 days left, we've been very busy planning, preparing, and organizing! Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins June 1st. Come into the library to sign up and get your materials. The actual fun (and craziness) begins June 15th, and we're hoping to keep you and your family busy, entertained, and engaged for 8 weeks!

In tandem with Summer Reading, we will also be hosting our Summer Lunch program. Lunch begins June 15th and runs through August 7th. We are partnering with the Lorain County Boys and Girls Club again to offer free summer lunches for kids up to 18 years old. Lunches will be served Monday through Friday at GMPL, Colonial Oaks, and Eaton Estates from 12-1 pm. We hope to see you there!

If you want to take a peek at some of our exciting upcoming summer programs check out our Kids page: can start registering today for these programs!

To celebrate the end of our 8 week Summer Reading Program we are having a party for all ages to enjoy! Our Summer Reading Rumpus will be held at Willow Park, and will have all kinds of activities for the whole family. To make this Rumpus as fun and exciting as possible we're bringing people from all over Northeast Ohio! We'll be having a  variety of cool trucks for Touch-a-Truck fun, great live music by Essential Groove, children's homesteading activities provided by Bring the Farm to You, balloon-benders, face painting, a caricature artist and delicious food!

 Pizza will be available for purchase at the Rumpus from The Fire Truck Pizza Company. They will be joining us from Cleveland and we promise it won't be like any pizza experience you've had before. As they say, it's a fire truck and a pizza party! The truck features a wood-burning oven imported from Italy, and the original, functioning deck water gun!

We are sure this summer is going to be a great one! Our children's department container garden was started this weekend with more garden programs planned throughout the summer. We'll also be having a few more programs before SRP starts, like our Crafternoon: Bird Feeders. Using household items participants can make their own bird feeders to feed our feathered friends. Join us for this fun program on Monday, May 18th from 4-5pm. Come early while supplies last!

We hope to see you soon !