Impact: Explore Summer
14,700+ Explore Summer Reading Program participants in 2019
Over 3,256,800 minutes of reading were completed in 2019. That is over 6 years of reading in one summer!
Explore Summer, Sno-Isle Libraries' summer reading program, provides a fun and engaging way for kids and teens to maintain and improve their reading skills while on summer break. Research indicates that youth involved in summer activities that include reading, learning, and hands-on discovery begin the new school year better prepared for school success than those who are not.
We recognize the importance of avoiding the Summer Slide, a term describing the decline in reading ability and other academic skills that occur over the summer months when school is on recess. Explore Summer participants are encouraged to continue reading and attend fun and educational events to maintain or improve reading ability and be prepared for the following school year.
The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation supports Explore Summer by purchasing prize books for program finishers. After completing 10 hours of reading, Explore Summer participants are invited to return to a Sno-Isle Library location to collect a free prize book.