Reading By Design

Reading Design

Reading By Design

April Miller | Supervisory Librarian
Libraries across the United States conduct summer reading programs as a way to encourage reading during the season. Throughout the summer, readers track the time they spend reading and report to the library to earn prizes and awards. Summer reading programs, however, aren’t only meant to stave off boredom while school is out and the weather is hot.
Studies show that when young people aren’t engaged in educational activities during the summer, they can experience significant learning loss, sometimes referred to by researchers as the “summer slide.” This loss is cumulative, and by the end of 6th grade children who consistently lose reading skills over the summer may be two years behind their classmates. Reading is essential for helping students become better readers, writers, and spellers. Students who read recreationally out-perform those who do not. Summer reading programs also encourage parents to read with their younger children and highlight the joys of reading aloud. Reading aloud to children at an early age is the most effective way to help them learn language and to communicate by the written word.

Adults are not forgotten when it comes to summer reading, and are encouraged to participate as well. Libraries have found that these programs promote adult literacy and help patrons to interact with the library in new ways. Plus, they are a lot of fun!


This year the DoD MWR Summer Reading Program, “Read by Design”, is inspired by the creativity of authors, illustrators, builders, inventors, artists, architects, and everyone who makes our world a more interesting, livable, accessible, and beautiful place. Weekly events will be held at MCAS Iwakuni Station Library to encourage readers to explore their own creativity and appreciate the ideas and talents of others.

Enjoy crafts, games, and pick up your Welcome Packets at the Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party, held at the Station Library on June 21, 2017, from 3 to 4 PM. Sign up now!

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