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Summer Learning at the Cedar Rapids Public Library Can Help Prevent Summer Slide

Summer Learning at the Cedar Rapids Public Library Can Help Prevent Summer Slide

IMG_6611Studies show that over the summer months, when students are not in school, they can lose as much as two months’ worth of grade level equivalency. A study by the National Summer Learning Association confirms that teachers spend a significant amount of time re-teaching material due to summer learning loss. The Cedar Rapids Public Library Summer Dare program is one way to combat this summer slide and there is still plenty of time to get started.

The CRPL Summer Dare is not your average summer reading program. It is a newly designed twist on conventional summer reading programs that challenges the entire community to read it, picture it, celebrate it, move it, write it, share it, explore it, imagine it, make it, change it, learn it, and wing it!

A significant majority of teachers surveyed by the NSLA agree that summer learning loss could be ameliorated if students participate in a summer learning program. The Cedar Rapids Public Library is here to help parents successfully manage summer fun and learning at the same time.

So far more than 4,600 community members ranging from babies to grandparents have registered to participate in the Summer Dare. They are helping us to fill our Dare Drop with red and black pom poms, representative of the more than 432,000 minutes of reading and more than 4,300 dares completed (as of July 14). We hope to fill the Dare Drop at both locations by the end of the summer.

The CRPL Summer Dare is a summer learning challenge for all ages, weekly themed activities designed to encourage life-long learning, intergenerational programs, and unexpected experiences at the library and beyond. The program runs through August 22 with programs and events throughout the summer. Participants can register online at http://summerdare.crlibrary.org or at both the Ladd Library and the Downtown Library.

To complete the program, participants must read 300 minutes and complete eight “dares” as listed in the Summer Dare program by August 22. Dares are based on the theme of each week. Some can be done in the library but many can be done throughout the community.

Participants can stop in to either library location throughout the summer and visit the Dare Desk to register, record their progress, turn in their completed reading logs, and get pom poms to add to the Dare Drop. The Dare Drop is a physical representation of all the reading and dares being done throughout the summer.

We encourage participants to share their progress with us on social media using the hashtags #2015summerdare and #notyouraveragelibrary.

Programs for all ages will be held throughout the CRPL Summer Dare. For a complete list of programs, visit our event calendar on our website at www.crlibrary.org or pick up a CRPL Summer Dare program at the library.

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