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Monday, July 3, 2017

Preventing Summer Slide with visits to the library

Children love the summer because it means time off of school.  No homework, no schedules; just lots of free time.  However, if children don't continue to practice some of their school skills, such as reading, writing and math, a "summer slide" may be the outcome.  "Summer slide" means that previously learned skills are lost and can have a ongoing impact on academic achievement gaps.

Maintaining academic achievement is not an easy task, but the Roselle Public Library has ways to help in that area.  Each week we offer a story time for various ages.  Some require registration, but on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings, there are drop-in story times. Don't forget the Playaway Views which will read a story to children while have animated pictures.  These are lifesavers when taking a long road trip as are audio books. The summer reading program, Read By Design, offers opportunities for encouraging reading regardless of age.  From birth to age 100, anyone with a Roselle Public Library card may sign up. 

The library also offers learning through technology.  There are two iPads in the Youth Services Department along with an AWE station.  On all of these devices, there are apps or software that will read stories to children.  ABCmouse is offered on the iPads as well.  Did you know that in a recent study, students who regularly used ABCmouse for at least 70 minutes per week actually grew academically over the summer?  There are also other great websites bookmarked on our computers for students to go into to practice reading and math skills (ABCYeah and Starfall - just to name two).

So come on in and reinforce that love for learning.  Come in to check out some reading materials and check out what programming we are offering.  Cool down and play on the computers or select a board game to play (a great way to practice academic and social emotional skills).  Remember to ask if you need a recommendation about something to read.  We just love talking books!

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