EVANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY FRIENDS wrote -
Did you know that half of the achievement gap between kids in Evanston can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities? Reading 20 minutes a day helps kids stay on track in all academic areas.
This summer, Evanston Public Library Friends, the Evanston Public Library and Evanston Cradle to Career are working together to build a strong community of readers.
READ FOR THE WIN! 2016 SUMMER READING PROGRAM
HOW YOU CAN HELP
$10 – Sponsor one participant in Read for the Win! providing individual attention, activities, prizes and a free book.
$25 –Storytime @ the Main Library – Activities for babies and their caregiver helps build early literacy readiness. Help underwrite one of these sessions for our youngest readers.
$50- Sponsor MakerKids for K-5 – Incorporating activities along with reading helps build interest and curiosity about a range of subjects, which is particularly effective with reluctant readers and kids reading below grade level.
$100- Sponsor Teen Programs – Teens who do not read at grade level are more likely to drop out of high school. Underwrite programs that engage this hard to reach population like Tinker Teens, “Outside the Lines” Book Club for Teens, Teen DIY.
$150 – EVERYBODY READS Special Book Collections- We’ll provide Evanston Parks & Recreation and Ridgeville Camps with a unique collection of books that kids can enjoy all summer long. These specially selected books will feature characters and life experiences that reflect all of Evanston. Daily reading will be integrated into the camp experience to help grow our community of readers.
$200 – Sponsor MakerKids in the Park – The show goes on the road to Mason Park, Fleetwood- Jourdain and James Park bringing activities to the community.
Why Summer Reading Matters
- Students who read recreationally out-perform those who do not.
- Reading just 5 books over the summer can prevent the summer slide.
- By the end of 6th grade, children who consistently lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates.
- Reading for pleasure is one of the building blocks needed for young people to grow into healthy, productive adults.
- Reading is fun and relaxing!
We can build successful citizens, one engaging book at a time.