Did you know that children who do not continue to read over the summer can lose up to 3 months of reading achievement that they made during the school year? This summer learning loss, or “summer slide,” is one of the reasons that faculty and staff of Albertsons Library are helping staff Libraries in the Park this summer. Libraries in the Park is a summer reading program sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) that occurs over the noon hour in parks where the Idaho FoodBank is serving lunch as part of Picnic in the Park.
Librarians from all over Boise help staff these Little Libraries in parks each weekday from June 12 through August 4, 2017. Last year, five employees at Albertsons Library participated in ICfL’s “Literacy in the Park” program at Ivywild Park for the first time. This year nine employees — Kelsey Keyes, Mary Aagard, Heather Grevatt, Megan Davis, Deana Brown, Elaine Watson, Amy Vecchione, Amanda Nida, and Ana Kurland — are participating at two parks: Cassia Park on Tuesdays and Ivywild Park on Thursdays, from 11:45-12:45
Librarians help kids select books from the Little Library to take home and read. Kids can hear stories read while eating their lunch and then can participate in a variety of STEM-themed activities, such as making and playing with stomp rockets, 3D bubble wands, straws and connectors, testing chemical reactions, and making solar eclipse glasses.