7 Ways to Avoid the Summer Slide

Help Your Children Stay Engaged While School’s Out

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

You don't have to cancel trips to the beach to conquer summer learning loss or "summer slide." Just work in a few trips to the library, too. Virginia Beach Public Library offers seven tips to help your child become a reader for all seasons:

  1. Keep it real. Reading 20 minutes a day is enough to beat summer slide. 
  2. Stay steady. Visit the library as part of your weekly routine. Find free and fun activities all summer at www.VBgov.com/library-events
  3. Play grown-up. Register your child for his own library card.
  4. No dozing off. Show a genuine interest in what your child is reading.
  5. Walk the walk. Be a model reader: Make sure your children see you reading for pleasure, too!
  6. Share the love. While you're checking out the newspaper's headlines, hand your little one the comics page. Bond over your love of reading.
  7. Dangle the carrot. Enroll your child in Virginia Beach Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge. It's free, and they can earn great prizes: www.VBgov.com/SRC.

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read books, have fun and win prizes. The program runs through Saturday, Aug. 10. Children who log five books by then will receive a free book to keep. Additional prizes, including passes for ice cream, local attractions and small toys, are awarded for completing 10, 20, 40 and 50 books.

Children thrive as readers when they're allowed to choose their own reading materials, so everything counts in the Summer Reading Challenge: magazines, long books, short books, comic books — they can even listen to audio books. Those who read at least 20 minutes per day during the nine-week program will unlock a "Super Reader" badge and earn a family pass to Super Reader Night at the Virginia Aquarium, Thursday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

About Virginia Beach Public Library
Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

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The Summer Reading Challenge helps children maintain skills while school's out.

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