Summer Reading at the Library
April 30, 2014
Mid-Continent has always known that we are really good at getting kids to read over the summer. The DESE study from a few years back told us that kids who read over the summer do not experience the summer slide. For many years, we used that information to help gain school cooperation by allowing us to visit their schools and encourage students to read over the summer. However, as time passed, knowledge of and about the DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) study slipped from our minds and away from our conversations about reasons to encourage students to join the summer reading program.
In 2012, MCPL and three school districts in our service area embarked on a journey of discovery. We contracted with a third party to help us gather our SRP (Summer Reading Program) participant information and the spring and fall reading test scores of the school district's students. Algorithms were used to keep all student and SRP participant information private. We were only using this information to draw comparisons between students of similar demographic backgrounds. The results (using SRP 2012 and SRP 2013 information) were that kids who participated in SRP scored the same or better on their reading tests in the fall. Allowing us to conclude that active participation in SRP made a difference and helped stop the "summer slide." School Library Journal recently wrote an article about these findings.
MCPL is excited to offer the 2014 Summer Reading Program "Fizz Boom Read" for kids and "Spark a Reaction" for teens. Everyone who completes the requirements for completion can earn free books. This year, the Summer Reading Program starts May 19th and runs through July 31st, 2014.
Kids who complete three lists and teens who write at least one review will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. This year there are more chances than ever to win. Remember, reading this summer has many benefits and rewards, so get ready to Fizz, Boom, Read!
Youth Services Department