Avoid the “Summer Slide”


Most kids are eager to leave school on the last day. Summer typically ushers in a respite from ALL things school related. However, not engaging children in ANY educational activities for the entire summer leads to learning loss, called the “summer slide.” In recent years, there has been an increase in summer reading programs around the world; that help put books into the hands of children, prevent loss of knowledge and skills, and help prepare for a successful school year.

Benefits of Summer Reading

  • Advance literacy and academic performance by actively engaging children and teens in reading and writing activities during summer months.
  • Foster a love of reading through public library services and summer programs.
  • Increase successful reading experiences through library staff supported, voluntary reading, and self-selected options.
  • Involve parents and all family members in the library summer reading experience.
  • Improve children’s access to library materials and activities, which encourages them to become lifelong library users and readers.
  • Helps children to develop their ability to comprehend and increase vocabulary.
  •  Avoidance of indulging children in excessive frivolities associated with the summer.

Did you know that your local Columbus Metropolitan Library offers a summer reading club? It offers a well-established summer reading program that encourages kids, teens, and adults to read over the summer until August 6. After completing so many reading activities, your child will receive a book, Highlights magazine, coupon book and raffle entry. Be sure to also check out the library calendar for fun and educational enrichment activities, that are an important feature of the reading club. So why what?!

Reading is FUNdamental!


**New policy: All participants have to have their own library card**

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Leslie came to Columbus 2 yrs ago via San Antonio, TX. A Kentucky native that bleeds neither red (Louisville Cardinals) nor blue (Kentucky Wildcats). She is a SAHM, homeschooler and Occupational Therapist (OTR/L) by weekend. Leslie and her husband have two boys, ages 6 and 2, and they love discovering new Columbus parks and restaurants! She proudly embraces the title of "boy mom", even when that means knowing more than she would care to know about dinosaurs. Her everyday wardrobe consists of mainly Nike Dri-Fit and sneakers. Leslie lives for her Burt's Bees lip balm and a good ole top knot bun. You can always find pull-ups, wipes, hand sanitizer, and Welch's fruit snacks in her designer handbag. She loves her family, fashion, interior design, working out, being a soccer mom, renovating the families 1962 ranch with her husband, and making a difference in her patients' lives. She recently became an advocate and volunteer for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. It is her hope to bring awareness and help raise funds, for a cause that is near and dear to her heart. She is also the owner and founder of The Penmanship Lab.