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46 Campus Libraries Open to Students for Summer

46 Campus Libraries Open to Students for Summer
Posted on 06/08/2015
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Pasadena ISD students do not have to wait until next school year to get their hands on library books this summer.

Beginning June 8-25, 46 campus libraries in the district will keep their doors open so students can check out books as part of the summer library reading program. Students may keep the library books until school starts August 25. Hours and days vary for each campus. For the library schedule and list of participating campuses, please visit on the Libraries and Instruction webpage.

“We want to empower students to continue learning even when it is not a requirement,” Christine Van Hamersveld, director of Libraries and Instruction said. “Time spent reading is the best predictor of achievement. We have extended the reading program to ensure all our students have the motivation and resources to become avid readers and lifelong learners.”

The district has teamed up with the Pasadena Public Library to promote summer reading through a nationally renowned Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). The program uses fun themes and graphics to get students excited about reading. This year’s theme is “Every Hero has a Story,” which encourages students to use the power of reading to transform their summer.

Students are encouraged to visit the Pasadena Public Library when campus libraries are closed.

Students can also access reading materials through READsquared, an online program designed to provide easy access to books online and a fun reading experience for children of all ages. The program includes book reviews, interactive activities and a book log so students can keep track of time spent reading.  This program will be available to students during the district summer library reading program and will extend through the upcoming school year.

“Our hope is that by making our resources easily available to students, we can prevent a summer slide,” Van Hammersveld said. “When students return to school in the fall, we want them to talk to us about what they read and what they want to read in the future. Our ultimate goal is to enhance the literacy program in the district by providing continuous access to books because daily readers are high achievers.”