Library’s summer reading program available for children, teens, and adults
By Lillian Johnson
Summer slide – it’s not a new dance or children’s playground equipment. Unfortunately, the phrase refers to a phenomenon that occurs when students forget what they have learned while on break from school during the summer months. Learning loss affects all school subjects, can have cumulative effects, and isn’t limited to elementary-aged students.
There is an antidote: reading. Reluctant or even voracious readers can benefit from the Library’s Summer Reading Club (SRC). Weekly incentives and prizes motivate children and teens to open a book while on vacation from the classroom. Children’s department Senior Manager and Youth Services Coordinator Mary Seratt explains how the SRC can help prevent learning loss: “Reading gets better when children practice it, and encouraging children to join the Library’s Summer Reading Club is a painless way to make their practice fun. The small, tangible prizes are just the icing on the cake. The real reward is becoming a better reader. When a child’s reading improves, his/her writing improves, and very often he/she will do better in other subjects as comprehension improves.”
Teens 12-17 have age-appropriate prizes and activities to get them engaged. For the 18 and older crowd, magazines, newspapers, eBooks, books on tape, and even reading to a child all qualify for weekly prize drawings. The adult grand prize is a Nook e-reader device. “Literacy is important from the cradle to the grave,” says Adult Services Coordinator Wang Ying Glasgow. “We want to make reading fun and accessible for everyone.”
SRC signup for children and teens takes just a few minutes at any library location. Adults can signup online at memphislibrary.org/adult-summer-reading or in person. For more information, call 901-415-2700.