Summer is a time for riding bikes, staying up late and splashing in the pool or lake. It’s also a time of special risk for reading skill loss. Kids who don’t read during summer break — especially those from low income families — can lose up to two to three months of reading skills, which can add up to an entire grade level by the time they reach middle school.
This summer 18,359 children and teens in Greene County (31% of all county youth) participated in Springfield-Greene County Library’s Summer Reading Program. Of that number, over one third participated in the program through Library Outreach programs at Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA’s and other area youth facilities.
Parents surveyed said that their kids were excited about reading and that they loved the programs, activities and incentives. The kids were proud of their accomplishments, and they developed a love of reading that will serve them life long.
The Summer Reading Program is made possible partly through proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales, and grants from The Library Foundation. The Library couldn’t reach this many children without our supporters. Thank you for helping kids love to read!