Thursday, May 26, 2011

Studies prove summer reading programs boost achievement

A recent study confirmed what numerous earlier studies found – that students who take part in their local library’s summer reading programs significantly improve their reading skills.

The study, done by Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, found that kids who participated in summer reading programs tested 52 Lexile points ahead of their peers who did not participate. A Lexile is a unit of measurement used when determining the difficulty of text and the reading level of readers.

The study also concluded summer reading programs are an antidote for learning loss. So instead of losing knowledge and skills during the summer months, children who attend reading programs actually show gains.

Fauquier County Public Library is presenting two free summer reading programs this year. Registration for the eight-week programs begins online Sunday, June 5, and at all of the county’s public libraries Monday, June 6. Weekly programs and special events — many of which the whole family can enjoy — begin June 11 and continue through Aug. 6.

Programs are offered at: Bealeton Library, John Marshall Library, and Warrenton Library. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.

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