American Libraries has a monthly column titled “By the Numbers” on various topics. Here are some statistics for library summer reading programs in 2018:
1. 95% of libraries offer SR programs
2. 4-5 books should be read over the summer break to prevent “summer slide,” (according to a Harvard study.)
3. Children who participated in Chicago PL’s Summer Learning Challenge gained 15 – 20 percentage points in test scores for reading and math, compared to their peers who did not participate.
4. In 1895 Ohio librarian Linda Eastman created the Cleveland Children’s Library League, which is the precursor to summer reading programs worldwide.
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