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Summer Reading Research and Resources
Summer reading is one of Oregon’s three library youth services best practices. In 2011, the Oregon State Library and the Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division and Oregon Young Adult Network collaborated to identify research-based components of high-quality summer reading programs  for libraries to use when planning their local summer reading programs.
 
In 2014, the Collaborative Summer Library Program contracted with NPR Research to do an executive summer and analysis of existing summer reading research and studies. The CSLP Summer Reading White Paper also includes a comprehensive bibliography of summer reading research. Here are a direct links to some of the key research included in that bibliography for your convenience:
 
·         Celano, Donna, and Susan B. Neuman. The Role of Public Libraries in Children's Literacy Development: An Evaluation Report. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Library Association (February 2001).
·         Evaluation and Training Institute, Evaluation of the Public Library Summer Reading Program: Books and Beyond… Take Me To Your Reader! Final Report (December 2001), 13-14.
·         Hanover Research, Best Practices in Summer Literacy, 2013.
·         Jumpstart, America’s Early Childhood Literacy Gap, 2009.
·         Kim, James S., and David M. Quinn. The Effects of Summer Reading on Low-Income Children’s Literacy Achievement From Kindergarten to Grade 8 A Meta-Analysis of Classroom and Home Interventions. Review of Educational Research, 83, no. 3 (2013): 386-431.
·         McCombs, Jennifer S., Catherine H. Augustine, Heather L. Schwartz, Susan J. Bodilly, Brian Mcinnis, Dahlia S. Lichter, and Amanda B. Cross. Making summer count: How summer programs can boost children's learning. Santa Monica: RAND Corporation; 2011: Monograph Report 1120.
·         Neuman, Susan B., and Donna Celano. Access to print in low‐income and middle‐income communities: An ecological study of four neighborhoods. Reading Research Quarterly 36, no. 1 (2001): 8-26.
·         Neuman, Susan B., and Donna Celano. Worlds Apart: One City, Two Libraries, and Ten Years of Watching Inequality Grow. American Educator (Fall 2012).
·         Roman, Susan, Deborah T. Carran, and Carole D. Fiore. The Dominican Study: Public library summer reading programs close the reading gap. (2010): Dominican University, Graduate School of Library & Information Science.
·         Roman, Susan, and Fiore, Carole D. "Do Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Achievement Gap?" Children and Libraries, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Winter 2010), pp. 27-31.
·         White, Thomas G., James S. Kim, Helen Chen Kingstron, and Lisa Foster. Replicating the effects of a teacher-scaffolded voluntary summer reading program: The role of poverty. Reading Research
 
Other online resources that may be useful:
·         ALA’s Library Summer Reading Programs: Research and Best Practices
·         Oregon State Library’s Summer Reading Books
·         California Library Association: Value of Summer Reading
·         Collaborative Summer Library Program: Summer Reading Benefits
·         ¡Colorín colorado! Summer Reading Resources in Spanish and English
·         Colorado State Library: Summer Reading Makes a Difference for Colorado Families
·         Library of Virginia: Summer Reading Program Impact Study
·         New York State Library: Importance of Summer Reading
·         Reading Rockets: Summer Reading 
 
A video to show and handouts you can print and distribute to key stakeholders:
·         The Achievement Gap
·         Kids Who Read Beat Summer Slide 
·         Summer Learning (2 minute video)
·         Summer Reading Brief Template in word format so you can edit to create a report on your  library's summer reading program to share with your local stakeholders