Books beat the summer slide

Summer reading is more important than ever this year

Educators fear major academic impacts from COVID-19 school closures will be compounded by “summer slide,” the loss of reading skills over the extended break. But data shows that kids who have ready access to books over the summer can actually improve their reading skills.

The Library’s goal this summer is simple: get books in the hands of as many kids as possible—especially kids in need.

The Bozeman Public Library will continue to provide fun ways for kids to enjoy reading this summer. Although we can’t have programs inside the Library, we will be:

  1. Partnering with the Bozeman School District on the Read 100 initiative, which encourages kids to read 100 books over the summer. Kids can earn prizes for reaching key reading milestones.
  2. Offering mobile checkouts and fun, educational activities at each of the 10 free summer lunch locations around Gallatin Valley. We want to make it easy for families to get books!
  3. Providing multi-lingual books for children learning English as a second language. Let’s prepare these kids to succeed when school starts again!

Want to support summer reading for kids this summer? You can directly benefit the youngest members of our community right now by providing access to books and educational activities.

Thanks to a special $5,000 matching gift challenge, your contribution today to the Bozeman Public Library Foundation will DOUBLE dollar-for-dollar, up to the total of the match, to combat summer learning loss in our community at a critical time.

For updated information on Library programs and resources, click here. We are adapting to changing guidelines and committed to keeping our staff and our families safe, so please check for updates on Library services.