State Sen. Pamela Helming, R-54th Dist., is partnering with public libraries throughout the 54th District this summer to support children and prevent summer setback through the State Senate’s “Build a Better World” Summer Reading program.
Stopping summer setback is the loss in skills that children can experience when they are not in school.
Children who do not read over the summer when they are out of school face a three-month decline in reading achievement, on average. That can add up to a two-year gap in learning by the time they reach middle school. Children who read at least six books during summer vacation maintain the reading skills they acquired during the past school year, By reading as many as 10 to 20 books, they can increase their reading abilities.
The State Senate’s Summer Reading program, hosted along with New York State Library, carries the theme of “Build a Better World” this year to encourage children to grow their minds while discovering stories and to share ideas while understanding different perspectives. This program promotes literacy among children of all ages.
“Whether it’s learning something new in a nonfiction book or getting lost in the storyline of a novel, reading is important for people of all ages, but it is especially fundamental for children who are out of school for the summer,” Helming said. “This summer reading program will help ensure that students continue learning and building their skills over their summer vacation.”
Children and their parents or guardians can create a profile on the summer reading program’s website. With their profiles, children can record their reading progress, share books they read over the summer and find out what books are popular among other children in their grade or school. Parents and guardians can use this site to track their children’s summer reading activity, share that progress with friends and family and see what other children are reading.
Children will receive a certificate when they complete the summer reading program.
On the website, children and their parents or guardians can see some of the most popular books that other children will be reading this summer and view the top reads by grade level. Children are encouraged to visit their local library to check out these books and find other ones to help them meet their summer reading goals.
“Public libraries serve as the cornerstones of their communities with a variety of programs, services and technologies for people of all ages,” Helming said. “In this year’s state budget, we restored critical library funding so that residents can continue to take advantage of the libraries in our communities, especially children engaging in the State Senate’s Summer Reading program.”
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