Encouraging Community-Wide Reading
The Summer Reading Program is one of Curry Public Library’s largest community-wide literacy programs. From parents reading to newborns to older adults reading large print books, the program encourages reading and aims to bridge the learning gap that forms when children are not in school (during the summer months). Library staff, community members, parents, and volunteers come together to help bring the program forward with entertainment, reading challenges, activities, crafts, and more. Programs typically include art activities, live music and performances, read aloud events, movie nights, interest group meet-ups, and even some great prizes!
If you are interested in participating in our Summer Reading Program, please refer back to this page or contact us. We welcome all ages and reading abilities and look forward to exploring the world of literature with you!
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Summer Reading 2023
About Summer Reading
Why Participate in Summer Reading?+
Reading keeps your mind active, and students who do not engage in educational activities over the summer can lose retention of up to 2 months or roughly 22% of what they learned during their school year. This phenomenon is called the “Summer Slide.” Because of this slide, many teachers devote up to a month re-teaching material learned in the previous school year, resulting in a lost month that could have been spent teaching the students new information and skills.
More About the Curry Public Library Summer Reading Program+
The Summer Reading Program typically runs for eight weeks during the summer, starting the first week in June after school has ended, and finishing after the end of the first week in August. Participants can sign up at any time during the summer, both virtually and in person. Incentives are given for signing up during the first week of the summer. Each week of the program includes scheduled programs, activities, and storytimes. Participants are encouraged to track their reading and earn prizes. At the end of the summer, participants that have completed the expected reading are entered into drawings for a grand prize in their age group. Past grand prizes have included family trips to Southern Oregon activities like the Wildlife Safari.
The summer reading schedule is usually released during the first week of May.