According to Reading is Fundamental, the largest literacy non-profit in the country, there are several basic measures parents can take to motivate their child to read during the summer:
Combine activities with books;
As the relevance of each of these points is spelled out, along with many other literacy resources, the rif.org website is worthwhile to visit.
In Lancaster, we promote summer reading by providing students the opportunity to check out books from our media centers for the summer, either in person, or using Overdrive, a program that allows students 24/7 access to e-books. Overdrive is available for grades 4-12 and is the same system the public library uses. We also have several reading resources on our school websites. Many of our elementary schools offer summer reading incentives; and, if you are the parent of a secondary student, encourage him or her to complete the summer reading assignment early!
We are grateful for the leadership of library/media department chair, Christine Stockslader, who facilitates programs like this, and more, and was recently honored by the New York Library Association with the Teresa Strozik Award for Innovation in Library Technology. The award exemplifies leadership within the library community through innovations in technical services. The award recognizes Christine’s leadership in “creating a technologically-oriented library space for students, promoting collaborative use of technology, and supporting teachers through innovative technology.” Christine will give a presentation at the NYLA annual conference in October, when she will be presented with the award.
Speaking of innovation, I’d like to thank the community for its vision in passing the recent $53.7 million bond issue, a portion of which will provide library/media center upgrades in each of our schools. Your investment will transform our media centers into 21st century collaborative learning environments that use technology to help students learn from teachers and each other in individual settings, or within small groups. While capital projects take a number of years to complete, we are anxious to see this phase become a reality for all of our students and educators!
Enjoy the rest of your summer and happy reading!