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County libraries work to prevent summer learning loss among young students

Posted at 4:37 AM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 09:49:40-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - As summer vacation inches closer and closer, staff at Pima County Libraries are gearing up for the summer season.

The Pima County Library system will be offering different free activities for students over the summer in order to help prevent what's called summer learning loss or summer slide.

"Summer learning loss or summer slide is kind of that skill loss for kids during the summer if they're not reading or learning or kind of being actively engaged in using their mind," said Kendra Davey, with Pima County Library.

Studies show the average students loses between one and three months of learning over the summer.

The county library system is trying to keep summer learning loss from impacting students by putting on different activities through their "Summer Reading Program".

The program will kick-off on Saturday, May 18 at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet.

Students will have the opportunity to choose a free book, meet Curious George, hear live stories from Make Way for Books, take part in making colorful craft projects and even get free seeds from the Seed Library.

The "Summer Reading Program" will continue throughout summer break by offering an array of other activities for students throughout county library branches.

Those events will include face painting session, planetarium learning sessions, STEM activities, and storytime.

You can find a full list of events along with locations and times here.