Avoid the summer slide at the London Public Library

As we approach the long summer break, many parents and children are thinking of family vacations, trips to the pool, and ways to kick back and relax with friends.

What they might not be focusing on is how much learning loss their children could experience during the three-month break from school, especially when it comes to reading. This is known as the “summer slide.”

Experts agree that children who read during the summer can gain reading skills. On the converse, studies have shown that children who do not read during the summer can lose up to two months of the school year. Most teachers spend four to six weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.

The London Public Library has the solution to the summer slide — join the Summer Reading Program. Children of every age can participate and earn prizes for reading. The library has books for readers of any level and almost any interest. A newly conducted study found that children who were allowed to choose their own reading material saw lower levels of literacy loss during the summer months. The library’s stacks of books are waiting for your child and we are anxious to help them find just the right book.

In addition to reading, the library offers an array of activities during the summer. The next program is “Drawn to be a Hero” at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 22. Join educational artist and veteran teacher, Jeff Nicholas, as he entertains his audience with original illustrations, humorous poems and stories while teaching how to create his “heroically comical” characters using simple, draw along methods.

The library is located at 20 E. First St., London. A full schedule of summer events can be found at www.mylondonlibrary.org. Questions will be answered at 740-852-9543.

Mary Anne Wood is the Youth Services Coordinator at the London Public Library. She can be reached at 740-852-9543 or email mwood@mylondonlibrary.org.