Stop the summer slide


By now, the research is well-known: children who don’t engage in educational activities during the summer break score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning of the summer. It’s a case of use it or lose it. Children can quickly start to slide back in both math and reading skills during these two short months.

But sometimes with outdoor activities, family vacations, and maybe a little sleeping in, reading gets pushed to the back burner. We can help.

Beginning July 7 and running once a week at each library location, we’re offering Read Aloud Partners –  a chance for children in Grades 1 – 4 to discover books with a volunteer. This program is designed for reluctant readers who have learned the fundamentals of reading but need practise. As with all of our programs, Read Aloud Partners is free to attend.

And we’ve made it easy for you to arrange your child’s Read Aloud sessions around vacations and other summer activities – sign up for each session individually.


Country Hills                Tuesdays at 6 pm, July 7 – August 11

Grand River                 Tuesdays at 6:15 pm, July 7 – August 11

Forest Heights              Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, July 8 – August 12

Central Library              Thursdays at 6:15 pm, July 9 – August 13

Pioneer Park                 Thursdays at 6:15 pm, July 9 – August 13

Go to our online program calendar to register, or call your community library and register by phone. Registration opens one week in advance.

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