Prevent the ‘summer slide’ with reading programs

Great River Regional Library’s annual Summer Reading Program (SRP) for children and teens ages 0-18 will begin at the Staples Public Library Monday, June 13 and continue through Saturday, Aug. 13. 

Two programs are offered, both with the theme, “Read For The Win.” 

The children’s program is for ages 0-12. The teen program is for grades six through twelve. 

The children’s program has two age groups: zero to three and age three to sixth grade. Families may choose to enroll children ages three to five in either group.

Children who are 12 may choose to enroll in the children’s program or the teen program but may enroll in only one program. Children sign up at the library. Teens have the option of signing up online at

The goal of the SRP is to encourage children to read throughout the summer. Children and teens receive a reading record to track their reading activities. They may read as much as they want and complete as many records as they like. 

Reading records must be completed and returned to the library by the end of the program in order to be eligible for prize drawings. 

Numerous studies have shown the importance of summer reading. Children who don’t read during the summer not only fail to build reading skills, but they are likely to lose reading proficiency. This effect has been termed the “summer slide” and its effects are cumulative effects over time. It’s estimated that summer slide reading loss accounts for two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading between good and poor readers. In contrast, children who do read throughout the summer tend to maintain or even build on their reading skills.

The Summer Reading Program “Read For The Win” theme was chosen to complement the Olympic competitions taking place this summer. 

Staples Public Library will offer fun and educational activities and programs throughout the summer that relate to sports and reading

Upcoming programs include:

o Reading Roundhouse Storytime - June 13. Preschoolers through second-grade students are invited to Reading Roundhouse Storytime Monday, June 13, 10:30-11 a.m. Attendance is limited to 15 and registration is required.

o Magic of the Olympics - June 14, Celebrate summer reading and the magic of the Olympics with magician Professor Marvel  Tuesday, June 14, 6:30-7:15 p.m. This program is ideal for preschool through fifth grade, but all ages are welcome. It is funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

o Read for the Win Summer Camp - June 15 and 16; 10-11 a.m. both days. Children ages six to 12 are invited to a two-day camp of games, crafts and snacks. The camp is sponsored by the Friends of the Staples Library.

For more information contact the library at 218-894-1401.

The Staples Public Library is located at 122 6th St NE Staples. The hours are Mon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue. 2-8 p.m., Weds. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. 2-8 p.m., Fri. 1-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


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