Combatting Summer Loss
June 26, 2014
Summer Loss occurs when children do not have access to books or reading over the school summer break. Kids who don't read over the summer can actually lose 2 or more months of acquired reading skills. I encourage parents to look at summer as an opportunity to keep kids moving forward in their reading ability.
Consider libraries and museums as hidden assets in your community that offer great programs to keep your kids engaged in learning and reading (not to mention a cheap way to have a lot of fun!).
Mid-Continent Public Library provides you and your children an opportunity to start or reinforce good reading habits. The Summer Reading Program is a great way to encourage kids to keep reading over the summer. Not only can kids earn free books for their home library, they can also earn a chance to win an electronic reading device.
MCPL has 30 branches in Clay, Platte, and Jackson County. Each branch has an excellent browsing collection for kids to find books that will inspire their imaginations. Also, the eBook collections available through OverDrive or audiobooks offer by OneClickdigital are a great way to get books on the go. If you have a device that allows you to access video you can always check out Bookflix or Tumblebook Library. Both of these electronic resources allow you to watch a book. An easy way to access the library from any device is to download the MCPL app.
The Library has a lot to offer those who like to visit our branches or busy families who need to access us from the places they love to go. Taking advantage of the ease of access to books and reading is an easy way to combat summer loss and get your kids off to a great start to a new school year.