Staff Says -
It's summer time in White County and that means SUMMER READING at the White County Public Library. While it seems on the surface that we're just having tons of fun (which we do) the Summer Reading Program serves a far greater need than free entertainment.
Over one hundred years of research shows that students will experience learning loss if they do not engage in educational activities over the Summer. This is often referred to as the "Summer Slide." The effect is cumulative and by the end of the sixth grade a child who loses skills in the Summer could be behind academically by as much as two years. As a parent and a proponent of education, this is heartbreaking to me. Our children deserve the best footing we can give them in life!
That's where the Summer Reading Program comes in. The children's program is designed to engage children and their families in reading over the Summer. It also gives children opportunities to have new, educational experiences their parents might not have the time or resources to give them during the Summer. This will help ward off the Summer Slide.
In addition to combating the Summer Slide, this year the Library is joining forces with the White County Board of Education to combat hunger. A free lunch will be served to children following the Library program on Thursdays. If you would like more information on this free lunch program, please contact Tonya B. Savage at 931-836-2229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Dana, Children's Librarian