Summer is a time when children get a break from the rigorous study and learning they do from late August to early June. Sadly, summer break also means that many children fall victim to the dreaded “summer slide.” Summer slide or summer learning loss occurs during these summer months when children simply stop learning. During the summer months, summer slide can cause a child to lose as much as 2/3 of what they have learned during the previous school year. This simply means that they return to school not on grade level as their peers who are engaged in some kind of activities which stimulates the mind to continuously learn during the summer months.
The Fresno County Public Library, along with other libraries across the country, have been fighting summer slide for over a hundred years now. This year the fight continues on with Summer at Your Library. What started out as a reading program at the library during the summer months has evolved into a summer full of fun, educational, and free programs for the entire family. Reading is still a very big component of the programs, but there are also many performers providing entertainment to kids. Learn more about programs near you below!