Secret to reading success? Practice makes perfect!
By: Lisbeth Boutang, Children's Librarian, Pine Journal
Cloquet is fortunate to have a summer reading program available to its youth. Many communities do not. In fact, our public library has offered some type of summer reading challenge for children for more than 100 years. The community itself welcomed its first library in 1895.
Such a tradition has not been uninformed. Both teachers and parents recognize the importance of summer reading. Getting children to understand its importance is the real test. When summer comes to Minnesota, the last thing on most young minds is reading.
The Cloquet Public Library accepts the challenge of encouraging children to read by offering a mix of entertaining events along with an incentive-driven summer reading program encouraging daily reading and visits to the library. Research confirms: Children who read during the summer do much better in school when it starts again in the fall; children who do not read demonstrate a significant loss over the summer.
So why does summer reading serve as a remedy to summer learning loss? Practice makes perfect. A powerful relationship exists between the volume read and reading achievement. Thus, practice contributes to the development of accurate, high-comprehension reading skills. Encouraging and challenging children and young adults to read is the simplest solution for fostering improved reading, as well as an appreciation of reading. Early development of summer reading habits, as well as the access to books via your public library, can provide the foundation for later success. Simply put: Kids who read, succeed!
A new twist at the Cloquet Public Library this summer is the ability for children – with or without assistance from their parents or guardians depending on ages – to sign up and keep track of their reading progress online. Not only can you sign up yourself, you can return to the special summer reading link on our Webpage and chart your progress, post reviews of the books you read, and stay informed on summer activities and programs. You can even integrate progress on your Facebook account, interact with other kids, and receive instant notification each time you are eligible for a prize. Parents of younger children can sign up as a family and track each child’s progress independently through one account.
Online registration is up to you. It’s just one more way the library is reaching out to young readers. There’s also online registration for teens and adults who would like a challenge of their own. Nevertheless, if you want to keep track of your reading outside the Web, that option still exists. This year, you also have the choice of tracking your progress by hours read or number of books read.
This year’s summer program “Dream Big – Read!” begins Wednesday, June 6. Before then, brochures will be distributed to area schools and available at the library. Every child who registers online or in person receives the official “Dream Big – Read!” plastic book bag filled with fun materials and information regarding the eight-week program. For details, call 879-1531 or drop by the library. Special recognition must be given to the Friends of the Cloquet Library and the Shaw Memorial Library Foundation for their generous support of our summer activities for children.
While the program officially kicks off June 6, early birds can pre-register online and pick up their materials at the library any time after they register. Logging of time spent reading or books read will start on June 6. In other words, we expect your summer reading to take place during your summer break, not before. Questions? Call 879-1531 or drop by the library.
We look forward to seeing all of you at the Cloquet Public Library!