By now, most schoolkids are out on summer break, or will be soon. While summer is a great time to play and have fun, it also brings the possibility of “summer slide.” Libraries help kids keep their brains working while having fun at the same time by offering summer reading programs (see this article from the Durango Herald).
Summer reading programs do have an impact, as measured by the Colorado State Library’s Library Research Service (LRS). Check out their report The Impact of Summer Reading Programs in Colorado Libraries as well as editions of their Fast Facts series on how summer reading programs impact families and how summer reading programs increase kids’ interest in reading. For more quick statistics see the LRS’s Summer Reading Fun Facts.