AMHERST – This summer more than fifty youth proved public libraries are not going the way of the dinosaur, even though they discovered the prehistoric beasts amongst the books.
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(From left) Logan Boudreau and Ryan Wilson have dinosaurs on their mind as they prepare to excavate two eggs found in the Four Fathers Memorial Library during the summer reading club’s last day.
The Four Fathers Memorial Library wrapped up its summer reading club as August drew to a close and as a final report card, the kids all received an A+.
“We keep track of the hours they read instead of the number of books, and Amherst alone has nearly 1,000 hours,” summer reading coordinator Margaret Skabar said. “We had well over fifty participants in Amherst this summer.”
As their reward, the library offered a dinosaur-themed wrap up day, with dinosaur eggs hidden throughout the library, crafts and snacks.
Did you know?
According to the Canadian Council for Learning, summer vacation creates a gap in the learning cycle during which students forget some of that they have learned. Summer reading programs are one way to improve achievement scores and help reduce the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students.
Results from a recent study of student progress over three summers in a summer reading program showed significant gains for participating students.
Compared to their non-participating peers, students in the program achieved improvements in vocabulary, comprehension and literacy.