By our friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Do you have big plans for this summer? While you are splashing in the pool, slurping down popsicles and soaking up sun, don’t forget the big secret of summer: it’s a great time to build up your brain. Just say “no” to summer learning loss. Weeks and weeks away from the mental workout of the classroom puts your education in jeopardy!
Does the “summer slide” leave you skeptical? According to the National Summer Learning Association, students can lose two months’ worth of math and reading skills. Reteaching all those skills can drain the time and resources of teachers, and student-skill deficits that begin at a young age can compound by high school. Funneling a few moments each day into sharpening those skills is a worthy investment of precious summer seconds. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is here to help!
Facilitate your family’s intellectual faculties and broaden your horizons with our summer learning opportunities. Summer Break™ at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library lets you leverage your summer learning into even more fun! Sign your family up beginning May 20, 2019 at summerbreak.cmlibrary.org (Note: any registrations prior to May 20 will not be recorded for the 2019 program). Beginning June 1, you can log in to record the fun, brain-building activities you and your family are enjoying and start collecting virtual badges through the summer. Team up to figure out to which categories your activities belong and consider trying some of the Library’s suggested activities to supplement your reading.
Logged activities combined with at least 10 hours of reading (to reach a total of 20) earn each family member a fun incentive. But wait, there’s more! Keep reading, writing, creating, exploring, playing and giving all summer long. By entering a library card or ONE Access ™ ID number in the sign-up field of each family member, logging a total of 20 activities or reading hours with a minimum of 10 hours of reading, and logging activities for all 10 of the weeks of Summer Break™, you and your family will qualify for tickets to Carowinds, while supplies last. After you qualify for the tickets, visit a Library location on August 10 to pick up your tickets. The demand for these passes will be very high and the supply is limited!
Visiting any of our Library locations is a fun way to find great reading selections and participate in programs. Visit our catalog or check our calendar to discover fantastic events at a location near you. We are always open online, too! Check out the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Digital Branch. Jump on the Storytime Train for fun book selections, storytime videos, extension ideas, and Active Reading tips.
For even more Active Reading information, or to find tips on maximizing reading productivity with your school-age child, check out Read Charlotte. This Charlotte Mecklenburg Library community partner is full of ideas for avoiding summer slide. Get preschoolers ready to read with information on Active Reading and Ready4K in Mecklenburg County. Help older readers with the Home Reading Helper or get tips for struggling readers.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Summer Break™ and Read Charlotte are valuable resources for staving off the perilous plunge into summer learning loss.
Have a fun summer! See you at the Library!