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Stand Back:  Heroes (No Villains) Land in Your Library for Summer

Do you remember the glorious childhood feeling of the last day of school? Walking out of your classroom with your face to the sun, eager to explore a whole summer of swimming, biking, and…reading! Wait, reading?

Studies show that children who don’t read or who read rarely over the summer stagnate or decline in their reading skills. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Consider these studies:

  • A study at Dominican University found that students who participated in their public library summer reading program scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those students who didn’t participate and gained in other ways too. 1
  • In a landmark study of public library summer reading programs, Barbara Heyns found that children who read at least six books during the summer maintain or improve their reading skills, while children who didn’t read any books saw their reading skills decline by as much as one grade level.2

This summer, you can keep kids in your community engaged with learning while having fun with an exciting summer reading program featuring heroes, in parallel with the Collaborative Summer Library Program.


We’ve pulled together a special collection of eBooks that will appeal to your summer readers, including biographies in fields ranging from the arts (covering Beyonce, Neil Patrick Harris, Selena Gomez, and more) to technology (where they can check out Bill and Melinda Gates). Choose from hundreds of titles from popular publishers like  National Geographic Kids, Britannica Digital Learning and others, designed to capture kids’ interests – for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Find all the titles of this collection of GVRL eBooks for the 2015 Summer Reading Program.  In fact, you can access a free two-week trial today!  Or contact your Gale representative at 1-800-877-GALE to request more information.


1 Susan Roman, Deborah T. Carran, and Carole D. Fiore, The Dominican Study: Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap (River Forest, IL: Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science, 2010), 1, accessed August 16, 2010

2 Barbara Heyns, Summer Learning and the Effects of Schooling (New York, NY: Academic Press, 1978).

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