Celebrating 30 years of Summer Literacy

Summer Literacy Program
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Posted on: June 26, 2019

The Summer Literacy Program is entering into its 30th year! Established in 1989, the program provides support to local children who struggle with reading and writing. Over the years, this community funded program has grown to serve more than 100 children each summer. 

Join your library as we celebrate with the following events:

30th Anniversary Party

On June 28th from 1-4pm in Stewart Park, we’ll be celebrating summer! Sign up for the all-ages TD Summer Reading Club, sing along with Gerry Mitchell (2pm), enjoy popcorn & lemonade, play games, get your face painted, and bounce on a bouncy castle! It’ll be a party!

Run4Reading 5K

On Sunday, July 21st at 9am, we’ll be running for reading! We’re lacing up our runners on Stewart Park Festival weekend to have fun and get fit while also raising money for the Perth & District Union Public Library’s Summer Literacy Program. Register for the 5k or Kids’ Fun Run and enjoy free breakfast afterwards at the Crystal Palace. 5k Race is $25, Kid’s Fun Run is $10. Register at the Running Room (https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=16402). 

End of Summer Party

Join us in the library garden on Thursday, August 22nd for our end of summer party! We’ll be celebrating all the reading we’ve done and the fun we’ve had with games, cake, and more!

About the Summer Literacy Program:

Every spring, the library works with local elementary schools to identify students in JK-Gr. 3 who would benefit most from the program. Children are then paired with trained post-secondary students for one-on-one tutoring; students and tutors work together for an hour a day over ten days to improve reading and writing skills. 

One of the greatest barriers to children learning to read is low confidence. At the Summer Literacy Program, we aim to build confidence and change attitudes towards reading by making learning fun. Research shows that keeping students reading over the summer months makes a significant difference in terms of maintaining reading levels between school years. 

This program offers vital support to children who face difficulties with reading and writing and is solely supported by grants and donations. Such community support has been critical in our being able to provide this valuable service to over 1,800 children for the past 29 years.

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