Don't put those books down during the summer

Monday, May 6, 2019
News 12 this Morning

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Summer is right around the corner and Augusta-Richmond County libraries are helping your kids kick it off with a book or two because, as librarian,
Carrie Koerber explains, reading shouldn't stop at the end of the school year.

"It's to help combat the summer slide which, is when children lose some of the information they lose over the summer (school year) so we are hoping to combat that so when they do start school again in the fall that they'll still be caught up on their reading," explains Carrie Koerber, children's librarian at Augusta-Richmond County library headquarters.

The Department of Education says reading just four to six books over the summer can close the gap.
By focusing on literacy Richmond County School System has seen an improvement in their students reading scores.
Last year, five out of six end of the year literacy tests increased.

"We see kids coming in throughout the summer checking out books and telling us what they've read so we are hoping that we can help," Koerber says.

She tells News 12 they see tons of students coming in during the summer.

"Well last year one thousand students registered and six hundred and fifty finished."

However, Carrie feels the the key to it all is making reading fun; by giving kids a choice.

"I believe in giving children a choice in what they read; what they are interested in, if they like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or Big Nate, or Captain Underpants, if that's what will get them reading then lets do," Carrie explains with pure joy.

The opening event for the summer reading program is June 1, 2019.
The event will be at the library headquarters on Telfair street. If you are interested in registering your child go to srcpls.org/summer.