State Sen. Pam Helming, R-54th District, is partnering with local public libraries throughout the Wayne-Finger Lakes region to support children and prevent summer setback through the State Senate’s summer reading program.
Stopping summer setback — the loss in skills that children can experience when they are not in school during summer vacation — makes summer reading programs such as this important to children’s academic success throughout their school years.
“Reading over summer vacation is a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy,” Helming said. “Whether it’s discovering something new in a nonfiction book or getting lost in the storyline of a novel, reading is beneficial for people of all ages. Continuing a routine reading program during breaks allows children to maintain and improve the reading skills they mastered during the school year.
“My summer reading program encourages students to continue reading and learning, and rewards those who read at least three books with a certificate of achievement. Summer break is also an opportune time to check out the library. If you have not visited a library in a while, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Our public libraries offer a variety of programs, services and many of the latest technologies that are free to people of all ages and interests.”
The State Senate’s summer reading program, hosted along with the New York State Library, carries the theme of “Libraries Rock” this year to encourage children to visit their local library in the summer and take advantage of the programming, materials and activities that are a core part of every library’s offerings year-round. For many families with children, the local library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.
Children who do not read over the summer when they are out of school face, on average, a three-month decline in reading achievement. That can add up to a two-year gap in learning by the time they reach middle school. Meanwhile, children who read as few as six books during their summer vacation maintain the reading skills they acquired during the past school year. By reading as many as 10-20 books, they can increase their reading abilities.
Parents, guardians and children can visit helming.nysenate.gov and click on the summer reading program at the top of the page. People can submit the titles of three books that their children read throughout the summer. Children who keep track of their reading progress and complete the program will receive a summer reading certificate.