Summer is a time of fun and sunshine for people of all ages. For our youth, summer is the ideal time to encourage them to maintain and further develop their literacy skills. It is also a great opportunity to encourage the whole family to visit the library regularly. For these reasons, the Davidson County Public Library is excited to launch their summer reading program, “Every Hero Has a Story.”Through its Summer Reading Program, the library staff hopes to instill positive learning habits and foster long-term literacy skills among youth. According to Library Director Ruth Ann Copley, summer reading programs are important for youth to participate in because it helps mitigate the “summer slide,” which is when students lose literacy skills over the summer because their minds are not being stimulated educationally.
The summer slide, or summer learning loss as others also call it, is not a matter to be taken lightly. According to the National Summer Learning Association, research over the years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of a summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Moreover, a 2010 report released by Dominican University shows that students who participate in library summer reading programs score higher on standardized reading tests than those who do not participate in them.
There are five branches of the Davidson County Public Library: Lexington, Thomasville, North Davidson, Denton and West Davidson. The summer reading program will revolve around the superhero theme. A wide range of programs and events accommodating children, teens and adults will be held throughout the summer at each of the libraries. Each program begins with a kickoff to introduce the theme, get patrons registered and excite the participants about the coming events. Some of the events scheduled for this year’s children’s programming include a Hero-Con, LEGO-Palooza, obstacle course, super hero costume party and, of course, movies. All types of superheroes will be explored: fictional heroes, community heroes, military heroes and even animal heroes. The teen program, “Heroes: Unmasked,” will include community and animal heroes, craft and mask making as well as a craft challenge, and even a game of Superhero Jeopardy. And finally, the adult program, ”Escape the Ordinary” will have programs about Civil War heroes, making essential oils, creating jewelry and even tracking down genealogy heroes.
For more information about the Davidson County Public Library, see the library’s website:
For more information about the Summer Reading Program, please call your local branch for a schedule of events and times. Come check us out and be a superhero this summer at the Davidson County Public Library.
Lexington – 242-2040
Thomasville – 474-2690
North Davidson – 242-2050
Denton – 859-2215
West Davidson – 853-4800