Sacramento Public Library

Stop the Summer Slide

5/16/2013
Why sign up for our Summer Reading program? Numbers tell the story of why it is critical for your children to continue reading throughout the summer.
 

Did you know that only 37% of Sacramento third-graders read at grade level? Or that reading just 5 books over the course of the summer can prevent summer learning loss?

The numbers tell the story, so sign up for Summer Reading on June 1 and support our Summer Reading program.
 


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30,000,000 - Research shows that the more words parents use when speaking to an 8-month-old infant, the greater the size of their child’s vocabulary at age 3.

The landmark Hart-Risley study on language development documented that children from low-income families hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers before the age of 4.

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50% - Books contain many words that children are unlikely to encounter frequently in spoken language.

Children’s books actually contain 50% more rare words than primetime television or even a typical conversation among college students.

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61% - Families living in poverty often lack the money to buy new books, as well as access to libraries. In fact, 61% of low-income families have no children’s books in their homes.

Every child who finishes the library Summer Reading program receives a book.

Read the report.


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37% - Only 37% of Sacramento 3rd graders read at grade level.

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2 - On average, students lose up to two months of reading achievement over the summer. Studies show that summer loss is correlated to learning later in life, affecting whether or not a child earns a high school diploma and continues on to college.

Read the full report.

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5 - The White House reports that reading just 5 books over the course of the summer can prevent summer learning loss. 

5 is also the number of books that each child who completes our Summer Reading program will have read.

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30,633 - Books that school-age children reported reading during last year’s Summer Reading program.

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30,000 - The number of people we hope will sign up for Summer Reading this year.

Help us meet or exceed that number!

Summer Reading isn’t just about kids having fun. There’s a real reason why public libraries have been trying to stem the summer slide for more than 100 years.



 



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