Major Increase in Participation for Siouxland Libraries’ 2018 Summer Reading Program

Registration by youngsters, Grades K–5, in Siouxland Libraries’ 2018 Summer Reading Program was up 80 percent over 2017:

• 2018 – 1,929
• 2017 – 1,072

The increase was even more dramatic―315 percent―for students in Grades 6–12.

• 2018 – 578
• 2017 – 139

Overall, that’s an increase of 1,296 summer readers.

Siouxland Libraries Director Jodi Fick points to numerous studies that show students who don’t read or read infrequently during summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. “This becomes more pronounced as students advance through the school system.”

“The goal of the Summer Reading Program,” she says, “is to keep kids reading through the summer, so they don’t fall back.”

The 2018 program challenged participants in kindergarten through 5th grade to read (or be read to) for 600 minutes from June 1 to July 31, 2018. Kids in Grades 6–12 were to read five books during the same period. Along with goals, the library offered rewards. Readers who completed the program were invited to a Finishers Party and were entered in prize drawings.

“Reading is the foundation for lifelong learning,” Fick says. “It’s Siouxland Libraries’ job to help. Our staff members are ready year-round with assistance and suggestions to create engaged readers and a stronger community.”

For more information, please call Siouxland Libraries Downtown Library (365-8700) or visit

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