Did you know the key ingredient to preventing summer learning loss is continued reading during the summer months?
That is why Stoughton schools are promoting literacy throughout the summer through book swaps, outreach and more.
Fox Prairie Elementary
Fox Prairie reading specialists Nicole Girling and Marilee Cronin, along with the yellow Labrador Retriever named Gus, will be visiting neighborhood parks to read books with students and afford them an opportunity to spend time with Gus.
Fox's "Meet us at the Park" events have been scheduled for:
- June 20, 6-7 p.m., at Virgin Lake Park (weather-permitting)
- July 16, 6-7 p.m., at Fox Prairie, near the playgrounds (weather-permitting)
- August 20, 6-7 p.m., at Bayview Heights storm shelter (rain or shine!)
Gus, who has become a regular presence at Fox Prairie this year, also has an Instagram account to highlight summer reading. Families can follow Gus' Book Club @mrgusreads on Instagram!
Finally, Fox Prairie will also host a book swap from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 22. Students can bring a used book to the event and swap it out for a new one.
Sandhill Elementary School also kick-off its program with a pre-summer Book Swap on Tuesday, June 5. Throughout the day, each class will have an assigned time to visit the book swap so students can swap their gently-used, age-appropriate books for new ones.
Reading specialists Molly Grotenhuis and Diane Pinnow and learning strategist Marit Hawkins will take summer reading mobile with their "Books on Bikes" program. The trio will be biking with carts full of books for students to look through and swap with books they have finished reading. Books on Bikes will take place:
- Monday, July 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, Aug. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Sandhill also will offer summer book checkout for students. Students who are in grades kindergarten through fourth and have permission slips will check out up to seven books for summer reading on June 5. The Sandhill library will be open to exchange books on:
- Thursday, June 28, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Monday, July 9, from 3 - 5 p.m.
- Thursday, August 9, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Finally, Sandhill students will be able to select one free book to take home next week through the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program. Sandhill is also making students aware of the summer reading programs available through the Stoughton Public Library.
River Bluff Middle School
River Bluff Middle School will again encourage students to keep reading great books over the summer through its summer checkout program. Current sixth and seventh-graders can check out a bag of books for the summer on Wednesday, June 6.
Here is how it will work:
- Students can come to the River Bluff Library Media Center first thing in the morning on June 6
- Students must return or pay for any library books they still have checked out before they can checkout any summer books.
- Students can choose up to 10 books
- Book bag is assembled (this will include books and a list of checked out books)
- Students return the books the first week of school
Stoughton High School
Stoughton High School students will have 24/7 access to eBooks and audiobooks in the library's digital media collection through Overdrive.
There are no apps to download, and titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees!
Here is how Stoughton students can get started:
- Visit the SASD homepage and click on the Students portal
- Click on the OverDrive icon
- Log in using SASD username and password
- Borrow an item and begin reading / listening
Stoughton High School students in grades 9-11 check out books from the SHS Library Media Center over the summer. Interested students can stop by the LMC on Wednesday, June 6, or Thursday, June 7, to choose up to 10 books. Students MUST be in good library standing in order to check out summer books. The LMC also will be open during Summer EXCEL to exchange books between 8 and 11 a.m. June 18-July 13 (closed June 29 and July 4). All books are due back September 4th, the first day of school.