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studies have documented a “summer slide” in reading skills once kids go on
summer vacation. The decline in reading
and spelling skills are greatest among low-income students, who lose the
equivalent of two months of school each summer, according to the National
Summer Learning Association, an education advocacy group. And the loss compounds each year.
research offers a surprisingly simple and affordable solution to the summer
reading slide. In a three-year study,
researchers at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville found that simply
giving low-come children access to books
– and allowing them to choose books that interested them – had a
significant effect on the summer reading gap.
who chose reading books and those who picked free activity and puzzle books
were tracked for three years. Those who had
access to free reading books posted significantly higher test scores than the
children who received activity books.
The effect – 1/16th of a standard deviation in test scores –
was equivalent to a child attending three years of summer school. The difference in scores was twice as high
among the poorest children in the study.
of the notable findings of the study was that children improved their reading
scores even though they typically weren’t selecting the curriculum books or
classics that teachers normally assign for summer reading. That conclusion confirms other studies
suggesting that children learn best when they are allowed to select their own
line: What should your child read this
summer? Any books will do!
Summer Reading Program
You still have a little time to sign up
for this year’s free Summer Reading Program.
In fact, you can do so any time before July 11. Activities are open to babies, toddlers,
kids, teens and adults spending all or part of their summer in Archuleta County.
You’ll be eligible for ongoing prizes including the grand prizes, a Nook
tablet – one each for kids, teens and adults.
schedules are available at the library.
We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of
these free fun events. Programs for the
next week or so are listed below. Note
that some events require advance registration.
And mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on Friday,
July 12 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include
refreshments and the grand prize drawing at 6:45 p.m. RSVPs required.
Examples of free
programs for kids this coming week are special storytime sessions throughout
the week, and films every Friday at 10 a.m. featuring “Nanny McPhee” tomorrow
(Friday, June 28) and “The Adventures of Brer Rabbit” on July 5.
of free programs for teens this coming week are Steam Punk Jewelry from 1:30 –
2:45 July 1, and Teen Techies (11 a.m. – noon) and Teen Gaming (12:30 – 2 p.m.)
on Wednesday, July 3. The film at noon
tomorrow (June 28) is “Pirates of the Caribbean:
Curse of the Black Pearl.” Also tomorrow
(June 28) is a Henna tattoo session from 2 – 3 p.m. where you will make a
natural-looking temporary form of body art.
of free programs for adults include films based on books every Friday at 2:30
p.m., with “The Eagle” tomorrow (June 28).
And join us Monday, July 1 from 11:30 – 1 p.m. for an art project. You will create a unique holder for your eReader,
making it look like a book while protecting it from the elements.
Free tech programs
Meg Wempe is
available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon
Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join
her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. A more formal session requiring advance
registration is Universal Class on Wednesday, July 10 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
when you will learn how to use this free online database to explore a variety
of topics at your own pace.
“The Ministers” is
a mystery about a 13-year-old unsolved murder.
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” stars Robert Downey Jr. “IP Man” tells the life story of a brilliant
martial arts teacher. “Gallipoli” is a
drama about two patriotic young Army enlistees featuring Mel Gibson. “The Line” is an action drama set in Tijuana. “Angels and
Demons” based on the Dan Brown book stars Tom Hanks. “Precious” based on the novel “Push” by
Sapphire was an Academy Award nominee in 2009.
“Julie & Julia” starring Meryl Streep tells the stories of Julia
Childs and a fledging writer.
DVDs of TV shows
We have five
collections “Sharpe’s” programs
starring Sean Bean from Masterpiece Theatre. “The World of Downton Abbey” is a
behind-the-scenes look at the characters and actors from this blockbuster
hit. “Longmire” contains the complete
first season of this Western mystery series.
“The Dukes of Hazzard” is a movie inspired by the TV series.
“Dirty Wars” by
Jeremy Scahill takes readers inside America’s new covert wars. “Frozen in Time” by Mitchell Zuckoff is a
true story of endurance and bravery in the vast Artic wilderness in World War
II – and today. “The Outsider” is a memoir
by tennis star Jimmy Connors. “I’ll See
You Again” is a memoir by Jackie Hance about her life after a horrific car
accident took the lives of her three young daughters. “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” is a
collection of essays by David Sedaris. “Ocean of Life” by conservation biologist Callum
Roberts is a history of our relationship with the oceans and their creatures.
Mysteries and thrillers
“A Delicate Truth” by John Le Carre is about a
counter-terrorist operation in Gibraltar. “Robert D. Parker’s Wonderful” by Ace Atkins
is the latest in the Spenser mystery series.
“Pirate Alley” by Stephen Coonts tells of a Somali pirate attack on a
luxurious cruise ship. “Gotcha!” by Fern
Michaels is the latest in the Sisterhood mystery series. “The Redeemer” by Jo Nesbo is the latest in
the Harry Hole mystery series set in Oslo. “A Man without Breath” by Philip Kerr is the
latest in the Bernie Gunther thriller series set in Berlin.
Large print westerns
“Guns in Wyoming” by Lauran Paine
and “Hard Ride to Hell” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone are the latest in our
ever-growing collection of large-print westerns for this genre’s many fans.
Other new novels
“Looking for Me”
by Beth Hoffman tells of a woman who specializes in restored antiques whose
brother has disappeared. “Deeply Odd” by
Dean Koontz is the latest in the Odd Thomas horror series. “Zero Hour” by Clive Cusller is the latest in
the Kurt Austin adventure series.
Thanks to our donors
For books and
materials this week, we thank Peggy Cotton, Carla Evans, Boyd Kirkpatrick, Sheila Lane and
like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” – Contemporary
Irish-American actor, author and politician Malachy McCourt.
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books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from
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