Every summer, libraries all across Utah participate in the Summer Reading Program. Libraries Rock! is the 2018 theme for all ages.
In addition, Utah State Library and my529 (formerly Utah Educational Savings Plan) have partnered to provide an opportunity for parents/guardians of children, who participate in their local library’s summer reading program, for a $1,000 my529 scholarship.
“Book Your Summer” runs from May 15 – August 15. Go to bookyoursummer.com for more information.
Along with the summer reading program, public librarians support the literacy efforts of school librarians by encouraging lifelong reading by providing access to books, eBooks, audiobooks, internet, computers and literacy based programming.
Student participation in the summer reading program can prevent summer reading loss and offers advantages for struggling and/or reluctant readers.
- Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.”
- Summer reading loss is cumulative. Non-readers don’t “catch up” in fall because readers are moving ahead with their skills.
- Reading for pleasure, whether it be books, graphic novels or magazines, builds children’s confidence as learners and enhances their formal education.
Contact your local public library for more information about its summer reading program and “Book Your Summer.” By working together, school and public libraries can help close the summer reading loss gap.
Utah State Library is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).
For more information contact:
Sharon Deeds, Youth Services Coordinator
Utah State Library