Virginia Beach Public Library & Virginia Beach City Public Schools Join Forces to Beat “Summer Slide”

Monday, June 08, 2015

​Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) launched its annual Summer Reading Challenge on Monday, June 8, 2015. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages Beach residents of all ages to read books and to attend fun, free library programming – all while earning incentives for tracking the books they read during the summer. The Summer Reading Challenge is especially designed to keep children and teens reading and engaged in educational activities during summer to beat “summer slide.”

Summer slide is the learning loss that can occur when children are out of the classroom during summer break. If a child doesn’t read or engage in learning activities during summer, the loss of skills can be equivalent to as much as two months of class time, compounded annually.

VBPL and Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) have partnered to achieve the common goal of beating summer slide, with most VBCPS elementary schools using VBPL’s Summer Reading Challenge as their summer reading programs.

VBPL’s Summer Reading Challenge is funded by grants of $40,000 from the Friends of Virginia Beach Public Library and $17,800 from the Virginia Beach Library Foundation. The grants make it possible for VBPL to offer reading incentives, including new books for children and teens to keep, and to offer free events for all ages all summer long.

This outreach has shown significant results in helping children maintain or improve skills during summer break. VBPL received an “Innovative Outreach” award from the Virginia Public Library Director’s Association in 2014 for the Title I Outreach and a $3,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 2015 to fund programming materials and new books as incentives for participating children.

Summer Reading Challenge Details

VBPL’s 2015 Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 8 to Aug. 8. Everyone in the family, even infants, can participate. Registration is online at Computers with Internet access are available at all libraries for those who don’t have access at home. Friends of VBPL and the Virginia Beach Library Foundation fully fund the Summer Reading Challenge, including new books as reading rewards for children and teens, programs for all ages and grand prizes. Local businesses and organizations contribute prizes and incentives, too. All reading must be logged and all prizes picked up from VBPL locations by Saturday, Aug. 8.

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