DOVER (WJER) - The Dover Public Library is doing its part to help kids retain their literacy skills after the school year comes to an end.
Youth Services Manager Claire Kandle says parents concerned about the “summer slide” can register their kids for the library’s youth summer reading program.
“Kids’ reading skills tend to drop off significantly over the summer. When they come back to school in the fall, they find they’re reading sometimes a grade level below where they were when they left in the spring, so we offer lots of incentives, reasons to keep reading throughout the summer,” she says.
Kandle says it runs from June 10th through August 2nd. Kids start off by getting a reading tracker to log their progress.
“For the kids, we just want you to read 600 minutes all summer,” she says. “They don’t have to track their progress every week. They just come in. We have a kickoff event on June 8th at the Dover Park from 1 to 4.”
Kandle says kids who turn in their completed tracker then get a ticket to the annual pool party happening August 11th. They’re also entered into a drawing where they could win tickets to Kings Island, Uhrichsville Waterpark passes or even a bicycle.