Summer reading success at Cambridge Public Library

Dear Editor:

Throughout the summer, the Cambridge Public Library has been encouraging readers of all ages to “Dig into Reading.” This year we had close to 800 kids and teens sign up for our summer reading program making this a record-breaking year for reading participation.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, East Central Energy and the American Legion Post 290, who very generously helped to fund this year’s program. Through their generosity, we were able to provide reading incentives, prizes for weekly and grand prize drawings, decorations and supplies. These contributors have made a lasting investment in the lives of our children.

Perhaps the biggest contributors were parents, grandparents, guardians, and others who brought children and teens to the Library this summer. We would not have a program without the participants and their families. We thank them for their time, participation and efforts to come into the library week after week. They are all wonderful, and we thank them for supporting the library.

Statistics show how valuable a summer reading program is to our children. Here are just a few:

“When children are provided with 10 to 20 self-selected children’s books at the end of the regular school year, as many as 50 percent not only maintain their skills, but actually make reading gains.” (McGill-Franzen, Anne and Richard Allington. “Bridging the Summer Reading Gap.” Instructor, May/June, 2003.)

“Children who grow up in homes where books are plentiful go further in school than those who don’t. Children with low-education families can do as well as children with high-education families if they have access to books at home.” (M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikora, Donald J. Treiman. “Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 2010.)

“The studies show that students’ who read more, read better; they also write better, spell better, have larger vocabularies, and have better control of complex grammatical constructions.” (Krashen, S., (2009). Anything but Reading [ERIC]. Knowledge Quest, 37 (No. 5), 19-25.)

Nancy Dunbar, Cambridge Branch Librarian
Cambridge Public Library Staff