For Immediate ReleaseJune 22, 2016
Marin County Free Library keeps fun education going during break from school
San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Free Library’s Summer Learning programming is in full swing and excited librarians and educators are doing a collective drum roll in anticipation of national Summer Learning Day on July 14.
“When we saw that 65 percent of kids from economically disadvantaged families cannot read proficiently by the third grade, we felt compelled to help change that,” said Sara Jones, MCFL Director. “Teachers and school administrators are working hard to remedy that trend, and our libraries can step in during the summer and pick up the baton to keep progress moving for these young kids.”
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) sponsors National Summer Learning Day on July 14 and is the only national nonprofit focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing summer learning opportunities for all youths. Like MCFL, the NSLA advocates for summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education with a shared goal of helping young people succeed in college, career and life.
In Marin, younger kids can sign up for the Summer Learning Challenge at any MCFL branch and receive a folder to help them keep track of the minutes they’ve read and provide ideas for fun learning activities. Kids can early a “Book Buck” for every 100 minutes read (or are read to), exchange them for prizes at library branches or donate them to help the Marin Special Olympics.
Special events are scheduled all summer as part of the Teen Summer Learning program such as henna art sessions, maker events and movie nights. Students can test their knowledge online related to trivia, sports and Marin County history and compete for prizes with others. Points are awarded for participation in posting book reviews, attending library events and other activities, and the grand prize points champion gets an iPad.
“Reading for fun broadens over the summer is a nice break from assigned reading during the school year because it tends to broaden a student’s horizons and develop new interests,” Jones said. “We are true believers that kids who participate in summer library programs are better prepared for the next school year, but we also want to make it fun. In the end, the kids have a great time and are off to a really good start toward academic success.”
Stop in to any MCFL branch or check www.marinlibrary.org for more details about the Summer Learning program.
Sara JonesDirectorMarin County Free Library
3501 Civic Center DriveSan Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6051Email: Sara JonesLibrary website