Why do public libraries have summer reading programs and why are they so important? Each year studies have shown that when children continue to read over the summer there is no “loss” of reading skills. This is why it is imperative that children participate in summer reading programs through the public libraries. These programs encourage reading, encourage participation in a special summer programming, that could really be considered an enrichment program that are geared towards kids to make coming to the library and reading fun. Reading is important because it is also essential to helping students become better readers, writers and spellers. It encourages self-selection of books, which can be very motivating for reluctant readers.
The reason why these programs are so powerful is because they provide activities and a range of reading materials to accommodate all diverse learners and learning styles. The goal isn’t only to advance literacy rates among children and engage them in reading related activities but to also foster a love of reading. This also involves parents and all family members, young and old. Summer reading increases the success of reading experiences as well as providing a great access to books and other materials that libraries provide. Putting books into the hands of the children, isn’t that what it is all about?