The CLAMS Library Network asks, “What’s Your Four?”
Children who read just four books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books. Because of this, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and CLAMS libraries are challenging residents to choose four books to read over the summer months, and to share their selections on social media through a campaign called “What’s Your Four?”
Summer reading provides free family fun for all of our residents. More importantly, it helps young students stay ahead academically.
After selecting four books, participants are asked to post the titles and authors to their Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, along with a picture of them reading, and to mark the post with the hashtag #WhatsYourFour? Readers are also encouraged to tag their friends in the post to ask them to participate as well. Together, these posts will show people from all over Massachusetts sharing in the fun of reading, and will encourage children and teens to read this summer.
“Children are more likely to pick up a book if they see a role model who enjoys reading” noted MBLC director Dianne Carty “The ‘What’s Your Four’ campaign is meant to encourage our youngest residents to not only read during the summer, but to become lifelong readers.”
Massachusetts Summer Library Programs are held at local public libraries across the Commonwealth. In addition to hosting reading programs, libraries provide a variety of other events for local residents including story times, author talks and concerts. On average, 350 libraries offer statewide summer reading each year with over 400,000 participants of all ages. Children, teens and adults who are interested in taking part in a summer library program or the “What’s Your Four?” initiative can find more information at www.readsinma.org.
Cape Cod & Islands – School Summer Reading Lists