Advantages of Summer Reading Programs

The New York State Library outlined the following justification for an online reading program:
  1. Support of Literacy Skills
    1. Encourages use of library and reading all summer.
    2. Encourages writing - children, teens and families writing reviews
    3. Supports NYS education standards
      1. English Language - Standard 2 and 3
      2. The Arts - Standard 2
      3. Mathematics, Science, and Technology – Standard 1 and 2
    4. Encourages reading as a fun summer activity that can easily fit into a summer of swimming, sports, outdoor activities, and family vacations.
  2. Improved Library Service to Families and Youth
    1. Contributes to the public library role as technology hub in the community
    2. Children, teens and families who travel during the summer can still participate.
    3. Easy for children, teens and families to keep track of what they are reading.
  3. Expanded Summer Reading Program
    1. Expands the program beyond library walls
    2. Allows presentation of the library’s resources to a wider audience
    3. Easy method for outreach to some nontraditional library users
    4. Children, especially teens, gravitate to programs that link to an online environment.
    5. Increases opportunities for collaboration and cooperation with local schools.
    6. Improves program marketing and helps encourage diversity.


    See also:

    Library Summer Reading Programs (ALA Library Fact Sheet 17) - background information, research bibliography and best practices.

    “Summer Slide” Reduced by Letting Kids Pick Their Own Summer Reading, results of a study by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center.