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Librarians and teachers call it the “summer slide” — that period during summer vacation when students lose academic skills gained over the previous school year.
According to a news release from the Williamsburg Regional Library, “summer slide” is a particular threat for kids without access to reading materials at home.
As a remedy, WRL recently held its sixth annual book giveaway, in which 400 Williamsburg-James City County summer school students were given the opportunity to take home a book of their own.
By allowing the kids to pick a book tailored to their own interests, the release stated, the event was aimed at encouraging reading for pleasure and keeping reading skills strong during the summer months.
According to the release, children in kindergarten through eighth grade took part in the two-day event, which was part of WRL’s Summer Reading Program, and described the book giveaway as “amazing” and their “favorite part of school.”
The book giveaway outreach project was funded by Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library.