DAYTON — Research is clear: children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress by the time they start school in the fall. This deficit can compound over time, so that a summer loss of three months can become a gap of 18 months by the end of sixth grade.
“The Dayton Metro Library plays a key role in out-of-school education in our community,” said Tish Wilson, Chair of the Library’s Summer Challenge Committee. “Our summer reading program and carefully-planned activities offer kids of all ages opportunities to stay engaged and keep learning in really fun, rewarding ways.”
Last year, more than 12,000 children grade six and younger participated in the Dayton Metro Library’s Summer Challenge, earning prizes and incentives for the time they spend reading and attending Library programs. More than 1,600 teens participated in the Teen Challenge.
“We’re interpreting this year’s theme, BUILD A BETTER WORLD, in a number of different ways with our programs,” said Wilson. “We’ll have activities that build stronger connections to others, explore science and the natural world – even build self-confidence and creativity,” she said. All Library programs are free, and can count toward reaching Summer Challenge goals.
There are Summer Challenge categories for preschool through grade 6, grades 7-12, and babies and toddlers. Each category offers incentives as well as opportunities to win Branch and system-wide prize drawings. Major prizes include gift cards, a Bookmobile Party, a Game Truck party, and more.
The Summer Challenge runs May 17 through July 29, and is sponsored by Vectren, The Dayton Metro Library Foundation, and The Friends of the Dayton Metro Library. Partnership support is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, State Library of Ohio, Junior League of Dayton, The Foodbank, Learn to Earn Dayton and University of Dayton Athletics.
Learn more or register at any Dayton Metro Library location. For more information, visit your Library or call (937) 463-BOOK.