Can Nashville read 5 million minutes this summer?

libraryThat is the question that Nashville Public Library is asking.  And we think Nashvillians are ready to rise to the challenge and do it!

Why is a summer reading program important?  Because children who don’t read during the summer lose months of reading and cognitive skills gained during the school year. We call this loss “summer slide.” Summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t catch up in the fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills.

By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates. Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. Reading 4 or 5 books over the summer can have a significant impact for middle school readers.

Nashville Public Library’s Summer Challenge aims to help decrease “summer slide” by offering fun programs at the library that encourage children, teens, and adults to complete literacy, cultural, and community activities to earn prizes. Registration forms and activity logs for the program are available in several languages.

But enough about the educational benefits, the library makes reading FUN!  Read for 10 hours to win a Choose Your Own Prize Certificate to one of 9 area attractions including Adventure Science Center, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and more. Complete challenges and log reading minutes to earn chances to win in 100s of prize drawings.

Every 1 hour of reading/listening = 1 entry into the weekly prize drawings.

10 hours = Choose Your Own Prize Certificate to participating local organizations.

Children and teens can choose from a pencil or a sticker to show they completed the program.

Finish 10 hours? Keep reading! Every challenge completed and hour read earns more entries for you, more minutes for your branch, and helps the city reach its goal!

Want to join the library’s Summer Challenge (May 1 – August 13)?  Here’s how:

  • Sign up online or at your local branch.
  • Read and complete challenges to earn chances to win prizes, a party for your library, and fine forgiveness for the city!
  • Track time spent reading and challenge activity online or on an Activity Log.
  • Claim prizes at your local library branch.

And don’t think that Summer Challenge is just for kids.  We have Activity logs and prizes for adults too.  The whole family can join in the fun!  Come see us at the Southeast Branch Library – we’re happy to help you sign up or find books to read.  We also have great programs planned all summer long.  Check them out here.

So, back to the original question:  Can Nashville read 5 million minutes this summer?  If we do, Nashville Public Library will waive fines for anyone who participated in the Summer Challenge.  Can we do it?