IMPORTANCE OF SUMMER READING: public libraries play a significant role in helping to close the achievement gap in school performance.

August 8, 2010 at 9:21 pm 1 comment


THE DOMINICAN STUDY: PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAMS CLOSE THE READING GAP. (funded by IMLS)

It is time to close the achievement gap in reading for our nation’s children. Based on this study’s findings, we recommend:
1. Recognizing that public libraries play a significant role in helping to close the achievement gap in school performance.
2. Promoting the powerful role that public libraries play in the education community in helping children maintain and gain reading skills.
3. Engaging families in public library programs to promote early childhood literacy.
4. Investing more money in summer reading programs—especially in public libraries that serve children and families in economically depressed areas.
5. Marketing to parents of school-age children so they understand the importance of their children participating in summer reading programs and other out-of-school library activities.
6. Ensuring that librarians in public libraries work with teachers and school librarians to identify non-readers and under-performing students and to reach out to those students in order to engage them in library activities.
7. Reaching out to boys to get them involved in reading.
8. Expanding the definition of reading beyond books to include magazines, graphic novels, etc.
9. Providing more books and reading material at the public library for children in economically depressed neighborhoods since their more advantaged peers may have better access to reading materials in their homes and in their local public libraries.
10. Helping children in lower-income areas build home libraries by partnering with non-profit organizations such as First Book and Reading Is Fundamental.
11. Having librarians assume a role in influencing a child’s love of reading and lifelong learning.
12. Encouraging and supporting studies that continue research in this area and that offer effective means for closing the reading achievement gap.

See: the dominican study: Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap. Here.

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