Make books part of kids’ summer -
Published Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 12:01 am / Updated at 2:06 pm
Make books part of kids’ summer
OPS elementary school library schedule
Adams, 8:45 a.m. to noon weekdays through July 27.

Ashland Park-Robbins, 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. weekdays through June 22.

Bancroft, 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays in June.

Belle Ryan, 8:30 a.m. to noon weekdays in June. Community hours, 9 a.m. to noon.

Belvedere, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in June 29. Community hours, 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Castelar, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in June. Community hours 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Columbian, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in June; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in July, beginning July 10.

Conestoga, noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in June.

Dodge, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 13. Community hours, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Edison, 8:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:45 a.m. to noon Fridays in June.

Fullerton, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in June.

Gilder, 8:45 a.m. to 3:05 a.m. weekdays in June.

Hartman, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays in June. Community hours, noon to 2 p.m.

Indian Hill, 8:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. weekdays in June.

Jackson, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. weekdays in June and noon to 4 p.m. weekdays July 2 through Aug. 3.

Joslyn, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in June.

Kellom, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in June and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays from July 2-13.

Kennedy, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in June.

King Elementary, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in June.

Pawnee, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays in June.

Picotte, 9 a.m. to noon weekdays in June.

Pinewood, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. weekdays in June.

Ponca, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays in June.

Sherman, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays in June.

Springville, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in June.

Standing Bear, 8:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in June.

Sunny Slope, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in June.

Washington, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in June.

Western Hills, 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. weekdays in June.

Schoolchildren see summer vacation as a time to have fun. It’s a parent’s job to make sure reading is part of the daily equation.

Educators have good reason to stress the importance of summer reading.

Reading skills, like sports skills, diminish if they aren’t exercised regularly.

Dr. Richard L. Allington of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, has spent years studying summer reading and the lack of it among schoolchildren.

“Summer reading setback varies based largely on how often a child reads during the summer,” he said in an email interview.

“In general, children from low-income families lose about three months of reading growth during the summer months. Middle-class kids gain about a month during the summer. This creates a four-month gap every year or a year’s reading gap every 2.5 years. So by sixth-grade, low-income students are typically two years behind middle-class kids as readers.

“All this occurs regardless of which schools kids attend,” he wrote.

Today, The World-Herald begins a series on ways to keep kids engaged in summer reading.

Your child’s school library is a great place to start.

The Omaha Public Schools is keeping many of its elementary school libraries open in June. A few will have July hours, too.

These school libraries will have programs, events, guest speakers and activities.

Here are a few examples:

Bancroft Elementary will have an Omaha Children’s Museum presentation, “WhizBang Science Show,” on Saturday.

Kellom will have “The Underwater World” and “All Grown Up” puppet shows on July 13.

Sunny Slope will showcase David Nieves’ “Reptiles Up Close and Personal” on Thursday and a Fontenelle Forest presentation, “Critters on the Move,” on June 12.

Western Hills will have story time on Tuesdays and Thursdays and garden-themed activities on Wednesdays.

If your child’s school isn’t in OPS, check with your district. Some school libraries welcome neighborhood children even if they don’t attend the school. Inquire at your neighborhood school.

All school libraries will be closed July 4.

Contact the writer: Sue Story Truax    |   402-444-1165

Sue writes obituaries and covers community news and schools for's Living section, primarily Community Connection.

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