For more than 40 years, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
has engaged the community in its Summer Reading program. The tradition continues June 1 - July 31, as individuals of all ages can participate — with prizes as incentive — to become All-Star Readers
Not sure what to read? The library has prepared a list of reading recommendations in addition to a reading tracker and a list of available prizes.
“Research has shown for decades that children are susceptible to losing ground academically over the summer months,” says Diane Smiley, Youth Services and Program Coordinator. “Children from low-income homes can lose up to two months or more of reading and math skills unless they keep those skills sharp.”
The program is part of a comprehensive Summer Learning
program that includes Brain Camps
, Summer Lunches
and Summer Camp Reading
, a six-week one-on-one tutoring program for upcoming third-graders labeled “at risk” by their district.
“I saw an excitement for reading developing especially from some of the reluctant readers,” says Denise Bentley, Cincinnati Public Schools
intervention specialist who worked with Summer Camp Reading last year. “They will just blossom with their reading skills and their love of reading.”
• Learn how to become an All-Star Reader
• Feed your body and your brain at Summer Lunches
, which are available for students 18 and under.
• Connect with the Public Library on Facebook