Prevent Summer Slide

Prevent Summer Slide


School may be out for summer, but learning doesn't have to stop!

In fact, it shouldn't.

Children who don't read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall, according to the iREAD Reading Program. This loss is referred to as the "summer slide."

That's where your local library comes in. Parents of children enrolled in public library summer reading programs reported that their children spent more time reading over the summer and were well prepared for school in the fall, according to iREAD.

The Handley Regional Library System's own summer reading program is underway, and our enrollment numbers are up by 20% compared to last year! Parents, children, and teens can still register and participate in this exciting program as a way to prevent that "summer slide," earn prizes, and have fun along the way. Don't miss out on the fun! Find out more information HERE!

While reading is a vital part of academic success, pre-readers also need educational activities. Handley, Bowman, and Clarke County libraries offer various storytime programs throughout the summer. And, guess what? The books read aloud during storytime can count towards your summer reading program goal! Check out our weekly storytime programs at all of our library branches:

  • Family Storytime for All Ages
    • Saturdays at 10:30 AM- Handley
    • Saturdays at 11:00 AM- Bowman
  • Preschool Time for Ages 3+
    • Mondays at 10:30 AM- Handley
    • Wednesdays at 11:00 AM- Bowman
    • Thursdays at 10:30 AM- Clarke 
  • Toddler Time for Ages 3 and Under
    • Mondays at 11:00 AM- Bowman
    • Thursdays at 10:30 AM- Handley
  • Baby Time for Ages 0-18 Months
    • Tuesdays at 10:30 AM- Handley
    • Thursdays at 11:00 AM- Bowman