Pilot Project: Summer Literacy Corps

If you’ve been checking out our facebook page, then you’ve probably read about the Summer Literacy Corps already. This is a brand new project that the Let’s Read! team is trying out. With the help of United Way of King County’s One Million Meals Campaign, this team was created just a few weeks ago. The Literacy Corps goal is to bring literacy and STEM activities to as many children as they can at summer meal sites in South King County, where children are typically the hardest to reach. This way, we can help prevent the summer learning slide, which is seen happening mostly to low-income children who are not connected or are exposed to all the resources they may need in the summer.

To read more about them, visit Pilot Project: Summer Literacy Corps 2014.

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Summer learning with The Seattle Public Library

On today’s King 5’s New Day Northwest, a librarian from The Seattle Public Library talked about their summer program transition from reading to learning (incorporating STEM) and recommended a few books. They’re partnering this summer with the Pacific Science Center to bring this new component to libraries this summer. Along with the book reviews, audience members were able to participate with Margaret Larson in a fun science experiment, brought by the Pacific Science Center. See the segment below!


Let’s Read! Short Video

This past Spring, the campaign partnered up with the Puget Sound Educational Service District to create a short video explaining some of the campaign materials. The video was filmed at various locations: Burien Library (King County Library System) and Hazel Valley Elementary School (Highline Public Schools). Both of which are in the campaign’s focus areas. The video is available in two languages: English and Spanish.




Summer Reading Tips

It’s that time of the year again! Starting tomorrow, just in time for National Summer Learning Day, reading tips will be going out once a week throughout the summer. Librarians from both King County Library System and Seattle Public Library contributed to the list this year. These tips were hand picked to encourage families and children to read as much as they can over the summer. They are simple and very easy to follow.

The tips will be going out via email. To get on the list-serve, contact msaetern@ccedresults.org or klandes@ccedresults.org. Don’t forget to follow the campaign on facebook and twitter to see the graphic versions!

To see the reading tips from last year, visit Reading Tips.

Summer is the time to prevent reading loss

KING COUNTY –It may be summer break, but now is the time for children to continue reading and build their literacy skills. Let’s Read!, the region’s summer reading campaign, is encouraging parents and children to read together each day so students are prepared for the upcoming school year.

Research shows that children who don’t read over the summer lose valuable literacy skills and fall behind in the next grade. This is especially true for children in low-income families. Parents and caregivers have the power to help children learn language and develop an enthusiasm for reading at a young age!

Now in its second year, Let’s Read! is connecting families to helpful resources across the region, such as summer reading programs and summer lunch programs. By working with seven school districts, the campaign distributed summer reading plans and magnets to 12,040 kindergarten through 2nd grade students before summer vacation. The magnets are intended to help keep students’ reading plans front and center on the refrigerator all summer long. Colorful posters, stickers and postcards are being used across the region to help remind families of the importance of reading. Literacy activities are also being infused into existing summer programming in our region thanks to partnerships with the United Way of King County and the YMCA.

To help parents read with children, the Let’s Read! campaign is now distributing reading tips via its new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/letsreadkingcounty) and weekly newsletter. Here are three tips for summer reading success:

  1. Read every day with your child!
  2. Find the right level of books for your child at the library.
  3. Read anywhere – in any language.

The King County Library System and Seattle Public Libraries are major partners in the Let’s Read! campaign and provide many resources for families. To find your local library, please click here for Seattle and here for other locations in King County.

Additional reading tips, event information and literacy news are available at www.letsreadkingcounty.org. Let’s Read! materials are also available in multiple languages at the site.


About the Road Map Project
The Road Map Project is a community-wide effort aimed at dramatically improving student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. The project builds off the belief that collective effort is necessary to make large-scale change and has created a common goal and shared vision in order to facilitate coordinated action, both inside and outside schools. The Road Map Project is supported by the Community Center for Education Results. For more information, please visit roadmapproject.org. Find us on Facebook by clicking here and Twitter at @RoadMapProject.

Want literacy tips?

Each week this summer, Let’s Read! will be distributing reading tips via email. These tips will be short, written for parents and fun! An example is below. Are you interested in receiving these tips? If so, join our distribution list by emailing Kelsey Landes at klandes@ccedresults.org.

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Let’s Read! now on Facebook!

Good news! The Let’s Read! summer reading campaign is now on Facebook! You can find it at https://www.facebook.com/letsreadkingcounty

This page will feature weekly reading tips for parents, news about literacy and local events. Please “like” the page and show your support for summer reading!


Early Warning Confirmed: A Research Update on Third-Grade Reading

Updated research in this report underscores the urgency of ensuring that children develop proficient reading skills by the end of third grade, especially those living in poverty or in impoverished communities. Click here to read this important report.

Let’s Read covered in La Raza del Noroeste

News about the Federal Way Library’s summer reading finale has made its way into La Raza del Noroeste! Click here to read the article.


Mariner Moose, Federal Way mayor celebrate kids’ summer reading efforts

Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest reads a book to the Mariner Moose and a room full of children.

FEDERAL WAY – Two special guests helped make the Federal Way Library’s summer reading celebration a home run on Tuesday afternoon.

The Mariner Moose and Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest joined librarians as they congratulated local children who participated in the King County Library System’s “Dream Big, Read!” summer reading program.

Want to see pictures from the event? Head to the Road Map Project’s Facebook page.

Click here to read the whole release in PDF format.