The Average Student Loses a Months Worth of Learning Over the Summer


Lower-income students are especially at risk of falling behind in math and reading when school is out. Libraries help narrow the achievement gap by offering summer learning opportunities to kids of all backgrounds.*


Thank you to Upper Arlington (Ohio) Public Library who created this compelling “Because” statement. Do you have a great idea for a “Because” statement? Send your ideas.

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*McLaughlin, Brenda, M.P.P, and Jeffrey Smink, M.Ed. "Why Summer Learning Deserves a Front-Row Seat in the Education Reform Arena." New Horizons for Learning Spring 2010. Accessed May 23, 2017 at:

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