Summer Reading Program

The Hill Library Summer Reading Program 


Thank you for a wonderful summer! We look forward to seeing you next year for our Summer Reading Program!

2018 Summer Reading: Libraries Rock!

Summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children, particularly those not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading.  The Hill Library has adopted the themes set by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide summer reading programs.

Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss, also referred to as the “summer slide.”  Summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t “catch up” in the fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates. The benefits to readers in a summer reading program include:

  • encouragement that reading becomes a lifelong habit;
  • reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities;
  • reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up; and,
  • the program can generate interest in the library and books.

The Hill Library is offering the children of Strafford an opportunity to make new friends and win prizes while maintaining and enhancing their reading skills!