Summer Slide

summer reading prevent summer slide

A long summer break is a great time for students to reset and take time away from studying but watch out for Summer Slide. Research shows that summer can take a real toll on your student’s knowledge and skills. Students who read less during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect.

Consider summer as an exciting opportunity to continue learning. Rather than experiencing Summer Slide, your kids can take a summer leap — enjoying countless opportunities to make new discoveries. Visit any branch of the Lexington County Public Library to find books for all interests and skill levels.

5 Fun Ways to Avoid Summer Slide 

  1. Read every day. Read together and read aloud. Choose fiction and nonfiction books, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers. With a library card, you can borrow all of these for free.
  2. Cook together as a family. Cooking involves reading, math and science. It also provides opportunities to be creative and learn how to follow directions. Check out our collection of cookbooks and start making memories in the kitchen.
  3. Take a trip. Using maps helps children learn about distance and travel times. Traveling also provides opportunities to explore new places and experience new things. We have excellent travel books to help you get started.
  4. Attend our summer programs. Programs include storytimes, theatrical performances, STEAM activities, book clubs and more. Best of all — they’re free.
  5. Sign up for our Summer Reading program. Children, teens and adults can earn prizes as they log their reading all summer long.