Museum and Library Programs Can Slow Summer
For many children, summer holds the promise of swimming pools and summer camps. But parents know that it’s also a time when children can lose valuable educational gains made during the school year -- an average student who doesn’t read or engage in other learning opportunities can lose as much as 2.5 months of learning over the summer! The nation’s libraries and museums stand ready to help children and youth enjoy exciting summer time activities and retain their educational gains.
“We encourage families to participate in the low- and no-cost museum and library programs that are available in virtually every state,” said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). “The programs are so much fun. In addition to outstanding reading programs, museums and libraries offer arts and craft making, games, family nights, contests, and prizes. There are also visits by authors, story tellers, scientists, and educational entertainers.”
Libraries have been as busy as bees: Catch the Reading Bug is the theme for this year‘s National Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) reading program. For teens, the theme is Metamorphosis. The program’s 46 state members provide high-quality, low-cost summer reading program materials for children. IMLS funds many of the programs through the Library Services and Technology Act.
“Summer is a great time of year for children to choose books and discover the true joys of reading,” Radice said. “Many libraries have adult reading programs and intergenerational programs, so the whole family can participate.”
Many states customize their summer reading themes. For example, the Colorado State Library is partnering with the non-profit Butterfly Pavilion on an activity page that may be used as an admission “ticket” to the Butterfly Pavilion in August and September. Other states have followed suit:
Museums are also swinging into action. Many children’s museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums participate in reciprocity programs so your membership at one gets you free admission or other perks at others. IMLS supports many summer museum programs, including:
“By taking their kids to libraries and museums, parents can minimize the effects of summer vacation on learning,” Radice said. "Libraries and museums are also a great place to meet new friends and build social networks in person and online. It’s fun for everyone."
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Friday, June 20, 2008
Another reason to visit Log Cabin Village!
Here's a great article that recently appeared in the Institute of Museum and Library Services' (IMLS) newsletter. Enjoy!