Base Libraries Kick Off “Reading is So Delicious” Summer Reading Program for Military Families
WASHINGTON, June 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Readers of all ages can dig into a buffet of book choices around the theme “Reading Is So Delicious” this summer at 250 base libraries. Programming kicks off this month for the global summer reading initiative that will reach families in all branches of the military.
Most programs run eight weeks with open enrollment during the summer. Activities will range by location and include everything from edible art projects to discussions of books like James and the Giant Peach to “Food Fear Factor” games.
“Last year we saw a 400 percent increase in participation across the program, and we plan to continue this trend with creative programs that connect with readers,” said Nilya Carrato, Program Assistant, Navy General Library Program. “This year’s theme can tie in two great flavors – reading for the fun of it and healthy eating. We want to create and support a bumper crop of voracious readers!”
Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Summer reading programs can help to offset this loss, because studies also indicate students who read recreationally out-perform those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests.
This year marks the third in which base and installation libraries will participate in the shared program. Children and families logged more than 10 million minutes reading last summer.
“This was such a great motivator!” raved one parent. “I caught (my son) reading all on his own yesterday, and he never does that! Thanks for offering the program and the prizes.”
Sponsored by the Department of Defense with program content developed by iREAD, “Reading Is So Delicious” will reach thousands of families. Resource guides for the program were developed by librarians for librarians to motivate reading.
“Summer reading programs are valuable not only in reducing fall-off in educational attainment over the summer, but also as a means for parents and children to spend time together – an especially important aspect for military families,” Carrato added.
CONTACTS: Nilya Carrato, 202-433-0785 Larra Clark, 773-412-1853
SOURCE Navy General Library Program