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Roaming librarians file dispatches from the world of information.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Reading Time!

Yes, it's June. Time to come to the library and sign up for the Summer Reading Club.

 

On our website you can find booklists for all ages--preschool to high school--as well as exciting events for kids and teens in all or library branches. We'll be posting pictures on Flickr and Tumblr all summer. Kids can sign up on-line and keep track of their reading under their own log-in. If your child prefers to keep a hardcopy record, I've found a nice guide for creating a summer reading journal.

Experts, such as Karl Alexander, Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, assert that children who don't read during the Summer can fall behind at school. This will impact the rest of their educational career.  On the Reading is Fundamental website they call it "The Summer Slide"  and say "Children who do not read over the summer will lose more than two months of reading achievement. Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates." Excellent sites, such as RIF and Reading Rockets, provide links to research that backs up this statement, and provide resources, articles and information about summer reading and summer learning loss. Librarians on the Internet also offer advice for summer reading activities.

This summer, many local students will be reading the past winners of the Maryland Black-eyed Susan Award, as well as the latest nominees so they can place their votes. The National Endowment for the Humanities has some reading suggestions, and the library has many of the books there and  on the American Library Association summer lists. if you still feel you don't have enough lists, look up other library systems across the county. Everyone  is doing it!

Your social network is a good source of summer reading ideas. If you are registered for Goodreads, you can swap ideas with your friends, and popular blogs like The Huffington Post are chiming in with their lists, as well. And we're good, we're very good--our libraries have those books, too.

The library isn't the only place to find summer reading clubs--bookstores, banks, grocery stores, cinemas, and restaurants have been known to have them. Maybe you can find one of those alternates around here.

Unless you think we've forgotten the grown-ups--we do have plenty of lists for them, too. Or you might check Salon for a hot summer reading list.

And to end, I thought I'd share with you adults Jimmy Fallon's guide to what not to read on the beach.

 

Annette K.Annette K.

CATEGORIES: Annette K. , Summer Reading , Reading , Books , Children's Books
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