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June 3, 2014 > Escape the summer slide

Escape the summer slide

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa

As students complete end of school year exams, many eagerly look forward to lazy days of summer and moving on to the next grade level. Teachers and librarians, however, warn both students and their parents to avoid the loss of knowledge gained during the school year due to a drop in reading and learning habits over the summer months. Known as the Òsummer slide,Ó this term is used to describe a detrimental lapse in learning experienced by students when they return to school in the fall.

To promote continuous learning through summer, Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is offering free Summer Reading Programs and themed events that promote reading, science, critical thinking skills and fun for all ages.

ÒParents realize that most children experience a learning loss during their summer break, which can harm their academics over time,Ó said President Mike Wasserman, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors and Delegate for the County Library District Joint Powers Authority. ÒWe invite everyone to participate in our free Library summer programs and enjoy a variety of new learning experiences.Ó

Studies have shown that children who read at least five books over the summer can combat learning loss. Local libraries offer children and families access to wonderful books, resources and programs that can reduce the effects of the Òsummer slide.

Santa Clara County Library District has designed five science themed programs to serve different ages:

ÒFizz, Boom, Read,Ó (a reading program for parents and their pre-readers);
Children: ÒFizz, Boom, ReadÓ (a reading program for children between the ages of 0-12)
Preteens: ÒMake It Pop,Ó (a reading program for children in grades 5 Ð 7)
Teens: ÒSpark a Reaction,Ó (a reading program for teens between the ages of 13 Ð 18)
Adults: ÒLiterary ElementsÓ (a reading program for adults 18 years or older)

ÒAll of the public libraries serving Silicon Valley provide families with tools and resources to help children develop daily reading habits,Ó said Jason Baker, Chair of the Joint Powers Authority Board of the Santa Clara County Library District. ÒWhen families participate in these free library programs it not only enhances learning beyond the school curriculum, but also opens a vast new world of untapped possibilities and opportunities.Ó

The Summer Reading Program begins June 1 and runs through August 31. Individuals and families can sign up at any SCCLD location or online at www.sccl.org. By completing five books and logging them online, participants have a chance to win a Google Nexus Tablet or an iPad mini. Additionally, all SCCLD libraries will be offering free, engaging science activities and programs throughout the summer. Parents are encouraged to check the library websiteÕs calendar of events (www.sccl.org) for complete listings.

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