White County Public Library

Cathy Farley Director 

STAFF SAYS from Dana

     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."  If can take teachers four to six weeks to re-teach the information students have forgotten over the summer.  Studies have shown that the effect of Summer Slide is cumulative and by then end of the sixth grade a child who loses skills in the summer could be behind as much as two years.
     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 can help ward off the Summer Slide.
     In addition to combating Summer Slide, the Library is once again joining forces with the White County School Nutrition Program to combat hunger.  A free lunch will be served to children eighteen years and younger following the Library program on Thursdays.  The lunch is an equal opportunity provider.