Boise Public Library helps parents, kids beat the 'summer slide'

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 19:19:18-04

With school out for the summer, students are at risk of losing academic skills they gained throughout the school year.

To help kids retain and even expand on the knowledge they gained during the school year, the Boise Public Library is hosting a variety of free summer programs. 

"When kids get out of school, we are immediately flooded with community members and it's awesome," said Danielle Boyd, Youth Services Librarian at the Boise Public Library. "This is how we like it to be. We don't want it to be empty or quiet, we want them here doing fun things."

From a STEAM camp focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math, to summer reading programs, the library is helping students overcome summer learning loss. 

Studies show that kids demonstrate roughly two months of grade-level equivalency loss in both reading and math during the summer months. Known as the "summer slide," something as simple as reading for at least 30 minutes a day can help curb it. 

"We want to see a literate community and give everybody an opportunity to have books, and this way, they can come in and have fun programs for free and keep reading and doing academic pursuits in the summer," Boyd said. 

For more information on programs available at Boise Public Library, click here.