All summer, Lynchburg kids have been reading books as part of the Lynchburg Public Library’s summer reading program. Like many libraries, Lynchburg’s library holds many summer activities to help lessen summer slide.
Summer slide is a term educators use to describe the drop in academic knowledge which often accompanies summer. Also known as summer learning loss, summer slide can cause students to fall as much as two months behind in reading skills.
Kids who have read or listened to 15 books or read 300 minutes this summer will be rewarded on Wednesday, August 1 at the library with an ice cream party from 1-3 p.m.
Parents who have encouraged their children to read over the summer can pat themselves on the back. By encouraging kids to continue learning all summer, parents help ensure academic success in the future.
You can also encourage summer learning by visiting museums and other historic sites when traveling. There are many places in Lynchburg and the surrounding area where you can encourage your child’s interests.
Lynchburg area museums and historic sites
The Lynchburg Public Library’s summer reading program has featured a little bit of everything. In addition to calendars to record books read, the library has also held Monday movies with family-friendly movies in the morning and afternoon.
Wednesday Wonders were special programs suitable for all ages and included a reptile program earlier this summer and a special Olympics event this past week. Thursday Thrills activites were geared to kids ages 8-12.
Fridays at the library included the Born to Read Storytime for infants and toddlers. The library also offered several Saturday events this summer. All of the events offered at the library were free.
If your child was a reader over this summer and you’ve not yet filled out the summer reading calendar, visit the library on Tuesday to check in with the librarian in the youth section.
Reading is its own reward, but an ice cream party is a great incentive to add to the mix. Thanks to Lynchburg Public Library for doing their part to make summer more interesting and fun to area kids.