BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The State Library of Louisiana’s statewide summer reading program “Tails and Tales” follows the the theme of animals.
The free summer reading program happens once a year to give children, teens, and adults the chance to access resources at Louisiana’s public libraries.
The reading program was created to combat summer learning loss.
“Reading during the summer break is critical for students to retain knowledge learned in the previous school year,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “Students who don’t read throughout the summer are at risk of falling behind, and, by the end of sixth grade, children who consistently lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates. This is why the State Library’s Summer Reading Program is so important.”
Children who read during the summer before returning to school in the fall meet at or above their reading levels from the prior spring, according to studies. The State Library of Louisiana focuses on preventing summer learning loss and fostering a love of reading in people, no matter their age. Louisianans can participate in the program by reading books in the summer months, engaging with local library programs, and accessing digital library resources.
“Librarians across the state rallied to provide digital content in lieu of their original plans last summer. It was an incredible learning experience that resulted in finding new ways to reach and interact with our citizens,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “Their dedication will ensure that the summer reading program will continue to be as successful as it has been the last thirty-eight years.”
Last summer’s reading program offered new ways to engage with Louisianans during COVID-19. This year’s program will combine virtual and in-person programs.
The popular grab-and-go crafts and activities will be available again for those who would prefer to participate from home.