Most people are familiar with the Summer Reading Program – read X number of books or X amount of time and receive prizes. But do you know why it’s so important and what the Upper Merion Township Library is doing about it?
Summer learning loss occurs when students lose previously acquired skills during the long summer break from school. Traditionally, students score lower on tests in the fall than they did the previous spring and each summer can result in one to two months of reading and math loss which accumulates year after year unless this loss is offset with summer learning activities. Summer learning loss has its greatest impact on low-income students. The Upper Merion Township Library is committed to education and provides activities all summer long for kids to learn, explore and grow. Public libraries traditionally focused on summer reading programs, now the focus has been expanded to overall learning programs. This summer’s theme is Libraries Rock: Summer Quest 2018. We will provide high-quality opportunities for kids that are inquiry-based, explore hands-on activities, promote ideas and discussion with peers, create and empower kids to learn and yes, read.
If your child is not in school yet, make sure to sign up for 1,000 Books before Kindergarten. If your child is entering Kindergarten-8th grade, pre-register for Summer Learning beginning June 18th using our online tracking tool – Beanstack. If you’re entering 9th-12th grade, sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program with programs and events designed just for teens. Plus, if you’re an adult – we’ve got a program especially for you with prizes as well, so stop by and register beginning June 18th.
Highlights to look forward to this summer
- Book discussion for different age groups – read and discuss books with friends
- Preschool Explorers – a hands-on activity program for preschoolers focused on STEM topics
- Science in the Summer (sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute) – hands-on learning through science experiments
- Makey Makey Music Workshop – combine technology and music together in this hands-on learning workshop
- Outreach to Extended Day, Camp Beechtree and Adventure Day Camp to provide campers with read alouds and activities
- Steve Pullara (Cool Beans Music & Art Program) – interactive music show and engaging drawing lesson using the ABCs
- Read to the Dog – Spend a few minutes with Star, our reading greyhound to practice early literacy skills
- Author visit with Alex London to learn about his writing process
- Art & Artist Workshops – create art inspired by artists’ styles
- The Science of Sound introduces audiences to the many scientific concepts involved in the creation of live music
- Make Your Own Instrument Workshop – create your own instrument using a variety of materials
- Center for Aquatic Sciences (Beach Detectives Hands On Program) – children will touch and learn about live animals found at the beach like the horseshoe crab and sea star
Register for these programs on the Library’s event calendar!