The New York Libraries’ website, Summer Reading Club link https://www.summerreadingnys.org/kids/ shares the following information about children who read over the summer:
- They maintain and build their reading skills
- They avoid summer learning loss*
- Their love of reading grows
- They are more confident in reading
- They read what interests them and become avid readers
- They become better spellers and writers
- Their vocabularies grow
- They have a better grasp of grammar
- They are prepared for a successful school year
Children who do not read over the summer lose up to an average of one month of school learning. Make sure that doesn’t happen to your child!
The website above also provides links for additional summer activities for children aged infant through teens. You’ll find games, puzzles, reading and writing activities, crafts, and more on this website!
10 Easy Ways to Get Children to Read this Summer
1. Get your child a library card - it’s free!
2. Sign your child up for summer reading at the Library and enjoy free programs with fun activities, storytelling, reading contests, crafts and more.
3. Read with your child every day. Read during “waiting” time on trips, at the doctor’s office, in line at the grocery store….anywhere and everywhere!
4. Take a basket of books for reading breaks at the beach or pool.
5. Read on your own and talk to your child about what you’re reading! Teach by example - families who share reading raise good readers.
6. Visit the Library every week for a fresh supply of books for everyone!
7. Ask a librarian if you’d like books in languages other than English.
8. Turn on the closed captioning during TV shows or movies so children can see the words as they hear them. Check out an audio book and read the book while listening to it.
9. Keep a list on your refrigerator of the books everyone has read during the summer.
10. Choose a subject of interest to the entire family, get everyone reading about it, then share what you’ve all learned.
Beginning Friday, June 16 through Saturday, August 19 children in the Islip School district, ages infant – 6th grade may register for the Islip Library’s Children’s Summer Reading Club. Teens entering grades 7-12 are invited to join the Library’s Teen Summer Reading Club (call the Adult Reference Desk for more info about Teen Reading Club). Beginning Monday, June 26, children in completed grades K – 6 may bring in their books and tell a children’s librarian about their favorite or not-so-favorite part. Logging books online is also an option. Earn prizes and raffle tickets as your child comments on books. Children in completed grades 4 – 6 will earn prizes for the number of pages read. Infants and preschoolers earn prizes after they have had 20 books read to them. Learn more from the Children’s Department.
Call the Islip Public Library at 631-581-5933 and look for our July/August newsletter arriving in your mailbox during the last week of June!
- Jane Hoffman, Children’s Department Head