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Reading Challenges for Youth and Adults

Participate in Fairfax County Public Library's reading activities!

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June 10-August 12, 2022

Planning is underway!

This summer, we’re offering more in-person and virtual events and working with community partners to ensure we have prizes for everyone who completes the program. Check back on June 1 for more information! 

While you are waiting, go ahead and sign up for a Beanstack account!


Why Have Summer Reading?

Fairfax County Public Library understands the importance of summer reading. Summer learning loss, or the summer slide, is when children forget learned reading skills because they are no longer using them regularly. This can have detrimental, long-term effects when children return to school in the fall. 

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Reading and participating in engaging reading activities throughout the summer are two effective ways to combat summer learning loss. Our Youth Summer Reading Adventure can help children retain reading skills and foster a love for the library!

If you want to learn more about importance of reading during the summer, check out these articles:

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Should Adults Participate in Summer Reading?

Absolutely! We want to involve adults in the summer reading experience. It promotes adult literacy and encourages people to interact with the library in different ways. Plus, adults like reading books, attending engaging summer events and receiving prizes, too! We are committed to ensuring all community members have positive library connections and experiences. 

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