Summer. Summer. Summer. We can hear it whispering on the breeze, feel it pulsating through the growing grass, and sense it drifting off the blossoming trees. It seems to be all we can do to survive the next four weeks until that blessed last school bell rings, propelling both kids and parents alike into 11 weeks of homework-free bliss.
For many, it’s the best time of the year: vacations, family reunions, days at the pool, moonlit night games, and glowing fireflies. Unfortunately with all of that fun comes the dreaded “summer slide” – a research-proven loss of math and reading skills in our kids. Children from low-income households fare worse than average, losing “more than two months in reading achievement” over the summer when they no longer have access to the academic resources available through their school (National Summer Learning Association).
The good news is that, together, we can beat the summer slide! Scholastic offers the following three tips to prevent loss of reading skills over the summer (follow the link for more in-depth descriptions):
The Provo City Library is here to help your children have fun AND keep reading this summer. Our Summer Reading Kickoff event will be on Saturday, June 4 from 9 am to 5 pm. Come sign up and get a jump start on our 2016 Summer Reading Program. Parents, you too! Register for the adult program and be a great reading model for your kids. The Children’s Department will be hopping with lots of fun programs and challenges throughout the summer, so let’s work together to beat the summer slide!
*The Children’s summer program schedule is now available at the Children’s Reference Desk.*
This month I am challenging teens to write six word memoirs. That’s right, you have just six words to convey all 12 to 18 years of your life! To get the creative juices flowing, here are a few examples of six word memoirs written by famous and not-so-famous authors. If you like these, stop by the library and check out NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING to find many more!
Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Elizabeth Gilbert: “Me see world! Me write stories!”
Dave Eggers: “Fifteen years since last professional haircut.”
Stephen Colbert: “Well, I thought it was funny.”
Bill Querengesser: “70 years, few tears, hairy ears.”
Dr. Jane Goodall: “Forest peace, sharing vision, always optimistic.”
Georgene Nunn: “Born in desert, still thirsty”
Harvey Pekar: “Fight, work, persevere – gain slight notoriety.”
Elizabeth Bernstein: “The psychic said I’d be richer.”
Nora Ephron: “Secret of life: marry an Italian.”
Sabra Jennings: “Extremely responsible, secretly longed for spontaneity.”
Joyce Carol Oates: “Revenge is living well, without you.”
Linda Williamson: “Painful nerd kid, happy nerd adult.”
Feeling inspired? Come to the Teen Corner before May 14th and write your own six word memoir! Show your completed memoir to a librarian at the First Floor Reference Desk and you’ll receive a small treat.
You may notice a theme here...David Wiesner will be here this weekend! If you like award-winning picture books, not only should you try these books, but you should get yourself down to the Library on Friday or Saturday to meet David Wiesner himself!