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The Library Commission Promotes Summer Reading for 2019


​​The West Virginia Library Commission, partnering with 171 public libraries across the state, is pleased to announce the launch of its 2019 Summer Reading Program A Universe of Stories.  Each year, the Library Commission teams up with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a national organization providing high-quality, low-cost materials for libraries, to help libraries facilitate summer reading programs.  Children, teens and adults are encouraged to participate throughout the summer in a variety of reading and education programs.

In 2019, the Library Commission will provide each public library in the state with a program kit filled with projects, programs, and ideas for a full summer of reading.  In addition, the CSLP reading program includes best practice suggestions, library activities, and summer reading lists – all centered on the Universe of Stories theme.

Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. For many families, the public library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.  The benefits of summer reading programming for students include:

  • Maintaining reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Developing positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Providing experiences that further the sense of discovery.• Having access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

“Studies show that a student’s literacy skills are strengthened when they read during the summer,” said Lisa Hechesky, Library Commission Youth Services Consultant. “It helps them build reading skills, prevent summer learning loss and prepare for a successful school year.  Our goal is for every West Virginia student to pick up a book this summer and read!”

To learn more about the programs available in your area, visit a West Virginia public library or contact Lisa Hechesky at 304-558-2041 and learn how to Explore, Discover, and Create a universe of stories in West Virginia libraries this summer.

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