Summer Reading is right around the corner at my library! In fact, today is the last graduation for the high schools (they stagger their ceremonies during the week so friends and family from the other schools can attend.). As my library is part of the Collaborative Summer Reading Program, “(CSLP) a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.” Summer Reading started with the intent to prevent the “summer slide” or “summer brain drain.” This phenomenon is occurs in children who have three months off from school (the traditional/agricultural school set up) and do not continue to read. Studies have shown that these children often forget what they learned the previous school year; retention was dismal. However, those children who read during the summer retained far more than their non-reading cohorts and subsequently more prepared for the up-coming school year. –A side note, some American schools have switched to “year ’round school” (which grants 6-8 weeks worth of Summer vacation, instead of the typical 12 weeks of the traditional school systems).
The Collaborative Summer Reading Program is a panel of numerous library staff from around the state that develop themes up to three years out, including various ideas and resources for the three demographics. The Adult demographic is a recent addition . . . and not all the libraries cater to them. Our library has been trying to do away with it for years . . . but it won’t die just yet.
This year’s theme originally was based around construction and design but evolved into Build a Better World, which encompassed a host of other subcategories such as volunteerism, and various professional fields.
After three years of struggling to host a spectacular Adult Summer Program, I revamped it this year to a much more low-key affair which incidentally is similar the few other libraries in the county that also offer the program to the Adults (out of 15 libraries in the county only four of us continue with the Adult Summer Reading Program).
However, the amount of programs and events for the children and teenagers is enormous! I would love to know how your local library is celebrating Libraryland’s Annual Piece de Resistance. Feel free to brag in the comment section.