JPL's 5 Ways to Head Off The Summer Slide

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Beat summer brain drain!

Parents, have you heard of the “summer slide”? Research shows that children, especially new or struggling readers, who do not engage in fun or educational activities during the summer months are more likely to suffer from the "summer slide" — the learning loss of up to two months of educational progress that takes place during the summer months and the long break from school.

Jacksonville Public Library wants to help! A Universe of Stories is a free set of programs designed to be both educational and fun to help prevent the effects of the summer slide. The programs are designed to motivate students (and adults!) to read all summer long through weekly challenges, goals for schools, and activities and resources for parents.

Check out the Infographic and try these tips to help your reader improve their reading during the summer and avoid the summer slide:

1. Read every day for at least 15 minutes. Reading just 15 minutes a day can make you a better reader. Download our summer learning bookmark and start tracking your reading. The more you read, the more tickets you get! Redeem your tickets at your local library and earn your free prize.

2. Take advantage of your local Jacksonville Public Library location. Jacksonville Public Library is happy to provide a special program every day called Drop Everything and Read. Beat the summer heat and join your library staff to read 15 minutes a day. Find times that work for you in the events section of

3. Attend storytimes and events with your kids. Join the library for story times and fun summer events! Find dates and times here.

4. Transform car rides into reading time. Jacksonville Public Library has audio books to interest every kid, perfect for short or long car rides.

5. Ask a librarian. When choosing books, be sure that they are a perfect fit. Ask your local librarian for help selecting books that match your child's age, abilities and interests.


Join the summer reading program and encourage children (adults too!) to stay motivated and keep their brains active.

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