The Friends of the Bear Library Association sponsors many programs and activities that make the Bear Library the best library in the State of Delaware. FOBL sponsors computer classes, landscaping, children’s summer reading programs, book clubs, children and adult programs and many other activities. In addition, the FOBL and it members have funded many enhancements and improvements to the Bear Library facility, grounds, and furnishings.
An example of a program supported by the Friends of the Bear Library:
Summer Reading Challenge began June 1, 2017 and ran through August 12th. Participants built a better world while enjoying a summer reading program designed for their age group. Many prizes and awards were earned by participants.
A note from the Bear Library Manager, Eric Kuhn, on the importance of summer reading for youth and young adults:
The Summer Reading Challenge that runs from June 1st through August 12th. Children, teens, and adults can all participate, and can do so either using a paper log and coming to the library to report their hours, or on line using an on-line program that can be found on the library’s website that will go live June 1st. We have a number of fun activities and incentives planned for participants, including a magic show, shaved ice, and an ice cream truck for the children at various times throughout the summer, to a grand prize raffle drawing for adult participants at the end of summer for an Android tablet provided by the Friends of Bear Library. Summer reading is a lot of work for staff, but it is worth it, because numerous studies have shown that children and teens who do not read over the summer do not perform as well in school as children who do read over the summer. This is called the summer slide, and some specific findings include:
1) Children in low-income households fall behind an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer.
2) Summer learning loss accounts for two-thirds of the 9th grade achievement gap in reading between students from low-income households and their higher-income peers.
3) Students from low-income households with access to books over the summer see significantly more gains in reading scores from spring to fall than students from high-income households with access to books and those from low-income households without access to books.
4) Differences in children’s summer learning experiences during their elementary school years can ultimately impact whether they earn a high school diploma and continue to college.
So, if you have children or grandchildren, show them that reading is important by participating in the adult summer reading program, and make sure they are reading over the summer by enrolling them in the children or teen Summer Reading Challenge- it will improve their school performance, and it could ultimately impact whether they go on to college!
For more details regarding programs, projects, and activities sponsored or funded by the FOBL or its members see the following document entitled “Programs and Activities at the Bear Library Supported by the Friends of The Bear Library.”