Join Vision2Read’s campaign to help improve literacy in San Bernardino County this summer by signing up for a library card beginning in May and by encouraging youth to participate in their local library summer reading programs.
City and County library branches throughout San Bernardino County offer free summer reading programs to children and teenagers. Kids will be encouraged to read at least five books during summer vacation. Libraries will award achievement and raffle prizes throughout the summer to encourage kids to read. The State Library recommends that students read at least five books during the summer to maintain their level of literacy during the break from school.
The Vision2Read Summer of Reading campaign hopes to increase library card sign ups this summer and youth participation in local library summer reading programs by 15 percent. Contact your local library for more information about how you can help encourage more youths to sign up for library cards to ensure they have access to a free summer reading program.
Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. 1 More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.2
The Vision2Read initiative was launched in September to help achieve the Countywide Vision regional goal to partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle-to-career. Literacy has a profound impact on several elements of the Vision the community has for our county, including jobs and the economy, public safety, education, and wellness.
Vision2Read Summer of Reading Goals
May 2016: Countywide Library Card Membership Drive
Increase countywide monthly library membership registrations by 15 percent for a total number of 9,278 new library cards issued in May 2016 compared to 7,942 in May 2015.
June-July 2016: Vision2Read Summer of Reading Challenge
Increase countywide youth participation in library summer reading programs by 15 percent for a total Summer 2016 enrollment of 42,818 children and teenagers compared to 37,720 in Summer 2015.
Click here for a printable Vision2Read Summer of Reading poster
Click here for a link to your local library
1. (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).
2. (Alexander et al, 2007)
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