6 Alternatives to the "Summer Slide"

person pushing huge ball up a hillSummer slide is a popular term that refers to learning loss that occurs while kids are on summer vacation. Wright Library's Summer Reading Club is a fun and interactive way to encourage reading and learning throughout the summer months. Wright Library's Miss Jacqui is collecting other great resources for homegrown education here>>


6 Alternatives to the Summer Slide


1Meet your book buddy- Motivate your reluctant reader to practice their skills and enjoy reading with Book Buddies!  Visit our website to fill out a “Little Buddy” profile for your K-3rd grade child. Wright Library will pair “Little Buddies” with “Big Buddies”—specially trained Teen Volunteers who will set up weekly socially-distanced in-person or digital meetings with their “Little Buddies.”  The Library will host a monthly check-in for everyone on Zoom to share how it’s going and to recommend new titles for the Book Buddies to try.  *Sign up today*


2Join the crowd- Learning is fun when you join in with the Wright Library’s summer programs!  With 12-14 live programs per week, we have something to suit every student, from Didgeridoo Down Under to Chapter Book Book Club, and K-2 Storytime to Teen Writing Club.  Visit wrightlibrary.org/calendar to read full descriptions of the events. *Register Here*


3Take advantage of the little moments- Connect with a story, not with a screen, at Dial-a-Story!  This retro service is available 24/7.  Simply dial (937) 234-7527 at any time to hear a picture book read by one of the Wright Librarians.  New stories arrive daily at 7pm, and last no longer than 3 minutes.  The story of the day is announced nightly on Instagram.  *Available Now*


4Use a new resource- Get your kiddos reading galore with Tumblebooks!  With your Wright Library card, you have free access to this easy-to-navigate database of read-along books.  Whether picture books or chapter books, English or Español, Tumblebooks builds literacy by highlighting the text as you read along.  It works in a browser or as a downloadable app. *Start reading*


5Try volunteering- Does your child or teen love books and want to share them with others?  Try Readers Corner!  It's a new service from the Wright Library where children and teenagers can read or review a book on the Wright Library's YouTube channel. Simply fill out a form on the library’s website and you will be emailed a link to an upcoming Zoom meeting where your child can share their love of reading with Miss Jacqui.  At the end of the meeting, she will edit the meeting into a Readers Corner video!  All videos will be hosted on YouTube with comments disabled, and will be shared on social media and the library's website.  See examples here. *Learn More*


6Win it for the swag- Imagine Your Story with Summer Reading Club at Wright Library!  Reading is essential for building happy, healthy minds, and your library is here to help!  We have incentives to encourage your child to read every day.  They can earn lights in our rainbow forest, RedBubble stickers, toy prizes, and—most importantly—BOOKS!  30 minutes a day earns you prizes all summer long and makes you a part of Oakwood’s reading community.  Don’t forget, parents, there’s Summer Reading Club for you, too!  Sign up now, and start receiving prizes on Saturday, May 30! *Register here*

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