May 15, 2011
The youth services staff at the Library has been busy planning the annual Summer Reading Club (SRC). The SRC is a national program offered many public libraries in the United States to promote reading among children, teens, and adults.
According to a November 2010 report in School Library Journal, more kids partake in public library summer reading programs than play Little League baseball. Reading during the summer translates into in the fall. A study by Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies found that students who take part in their local library’s summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills.
To gear up for the summer, Library staff has been hosting class visits at the library. When visiting the Library, students get a tour of the children’s area and are given information about the Library’s SRC – most also get special story or two.
Library staff are also going out into the community and visiting local schools to promote the summer programs and get kids excited about them. Staff attends the school’s end-of-year assemblies to hand out information to take home about the Library’s SRC. At some schools where students may be live outside Woodland city limits, the Woodland Public Library and Yolo County Library youth services staff are working together to make sure students are informed about summer programs at both libraries.
The kick-off of Woodland Public Library’s Summer Reading Club is Monday, June 20th from 2-4pm!