District encourages summer reading opportunities for students through partnership with BA libraries
It’s known as the “summer slide” by experts and is far from being as exciting as it sounds. The summer slide is the result of young minds resting in idle during the three-month break from school, sometimes losing more than two months of learning.
To prevent this in students, Broken Arrow Public Schools and both Broken Arrow libraries are collaborating to provide ongoing summer reading opportunities, including a number of camps, library card sign-ups, engaging activities and more.
“The ultimate goal of our Summer Reading Program is to encourage a love of lifelong learning and exploration,” said Kelli McDowell, manager at the South Broken Arrow Library. “We have a reading program for all ages, so the whole family can participate. Children love seeing their parents and grandparents enrolled in the adult reading program. When adults participate, they are modeling that reading is a fun, worthwhile activity no matter how old you are.”
This year, the Summer Reading Program will take place May 29 to Aug. 4, and Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum has once again issued a reading challenge to mayors in Broken Arrow, Skiatook, Sand Springs, Sperry, Collinsville, Owasso, Glenpool, Jenks and Bixby.
“The purpose of this challenge is to see which community can have the highest percentage of children enrolled in the Tulsa City-County Summer Reading Program,” McDowell said. “The winning community will receive a special plaque and bragging rights for earning the distinction as the community with the most active readers.”
With a mantra of “Literacy, Engagement, Graduation,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop jumped on board with the challenge.
“Literacy is one of the district’s top priorities,” Dunlop said. “It is the gatekeeper for success, which is why we’ve set a goal of 100 percent literacy. The library’s Summer Reading Program offers interactive programming for all ages, focusing on the fact that reading can be fun and engaging even during the summer months.”
“Every summer program strives to encourage a true love of reading for reading’s sake,” she said. “If children and teens learn to love reading, they will improve at it. We usually see more than 6,000 Summer Reading participants, and we hope that number will keep increasing as the years pass.”
In order for Broken Arrow to win the challenge, families MUST register at either the Broken Arrow Library or the South Broken Arrow Library.
More information about the reading programs offered for children, teens and adults can be found at the Tulsa City-Country Library website. You can also visit the BA Libraries Facebook page for updates and more.
Broken Arrow Library
300 W. Broadway Ave.
South Broken Arrow Library
3600 S. Chestnut