Summer Reading: “Tails & Tales”

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Have fun with Summer Reading

Prevent the summer learning slide, and help your child be ready for school in the fall, through the Summer Reading Program at your local library. Programs typically take place from late May to the start late July or early August. Check your local library for their dates.

It’s more important than ever for kids to keep reading over summer break. Did you know that kids who don’t practice reading during the summer can lose up to three months of reading ability?

As local public libraries continue to provide online resources, including WiFi connections, to students and their families, we’ve also adapted our plans for the Summer Reading Program. Some libraries will have limited in person events; others will be strictly virtual; and some will offer self-directed programs that can be picked up at the library.

Georgia Public Library Service provides online access to Beanstack to all 411 public libraries in the state. Through Beanstack, you can track reading, participate in challenges, and engage with fun literacy activities. You can check with your local library to see their schedule and learn how to sign up for Beanstack.

Many of our public libraries also serve as meal or snack sites for the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, which makes free healthy meals and snacks available to young people in communities with high rates of poverty.

Prevent the summer learning slide, and help your child be ready for school in the fall, through the Summer Reading Program at your local library.

Find a Summer Reading Program

Most of Georgia’s public libraries offer summer reading activities for families. Contact your local library to see what they have planned.

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Introducing… BEANSTACK!

Use Beanstack to track your reading progress.

What is Beanstack?

Beanstack is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to keep track of your progress during summer reading.

It’s easy as 1… 2… 3!

  1. Create a Beanstack account.
  2. Track how much time you spend reading and challenge yourself by earning activity badges for all the things you make, explore, learn, and do.
  3. Have fun!
Contact your library and sign up for Beanstack

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Why Summer Reading?

Summer reading is a great way for families to bond and develop a love of reading and learning.

When children participate in Summer Reading programs at their local library, they:

  • are motivated to read;
  • develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library;
  • maintain or improve their reading skills during summer vacation;
  • have access to fun learning experiences;
  • can make new friends, and more!

During summer reading, children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery Adults can learn new skills and form relationships that enhance their lives, too.

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Summer Reading is all about fun!

Summer reading programs help students prevent learning loss caused by the “summer slide.” Students also develop and improve reading skills.

Summer reading activities are also opportunities to explore creativity, develop social skills, learn new things and simply have fun! Georgia’s public libraries partner with their communities to provide a diverse selection of programs. 

Contact your local library to see what’s planned for the summer.

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More for Kids

Find Books and More for Kids

Find children’s books, DVDs, CDs and more in PINES-participating libraries across Georgia.

Visit the PINES Kids Catalog

eRead Kids Digital Library

This free collection of ebooks and audio books is for kids in pre K to fourth grade. It’s a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles that can be downloaded onto computers, tablets and smartphones.

Visit eRead Kids

Get Georgia Reading Summer Resources

In addition to summer reading activities, Georgia’s public libraries offer services and resources to help children thrive and become lifelong learners.

Visit the Get Georgia Reading website

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