Are You Ready for a Summer Stars Reading Adventure?

By Seamus Whelehan

Midleton Library

Everyone loves summer, but keeping your kids active and engaged can be a bit of a struggle.   Midleton Library has just launched its Summer Stars Reading Programme which is a fun way for children to enjoy their Library, while at the same time helping to overcome learning loss while not in school.

Research has found that students’ literacy and reading ability can decline, over the summer months, by one months’ worth of school learning.   This means that teachers can lose precious class time by covering the previous year’s material.     Midleton Library’s Anne-Marie Kenneally says “the Summer Stars Scheme prevents a drop off in reading habits in a fun and informal way.”    The Head Librarian said “Participants will earn incentives as they read and complete activities. Join up today and watch out for prizes along the way.” It makes a big impact when kids continue to read over the summer,” she said. “When they go back to school, they are more prepared for the year ahead.”

The Programme is completely free and runs from now to the end of August.  Open to children of all ages, the child simply keeps a record of the books they read on a reading card which they pick up from the Library.  They receive a stamp for each book they read, and at the end of the programme those who participated will each get a Certificate of Achievement as a special reward.