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Do Library Summer Reading Programs Make Better Students?

The Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science has released the results of their three-year study (2006-2009) on the impact of public library summer reading programs on student achievement. The results? Students who participate in summer reading programs at their public library score higher than their non-summer reading classmates on reading achievement tests when they return to school. Additionally, by the third grade, students who participate in summer reading demonstrate better reading skills and better standardized test scores by a significant margin.

Funded through an Institute of Museum & Library Services grant, the Dominican Study shows that public libraries play an important role in educational achievement by providing opportunities for kids to not just maintain their reading skills over the summer, but to improve them, and that our early literacy efforts through summer reading programs and our year-round storytimes, book discussion groups, and even craft programs help children learn important reading comprehension, hand-eye coordination, narrative and imagination skills that prepare them for educational success.

Have you signed up for Summer Reading yet? Catch the Wave and read with us this summer!