Gillette Library Gazette

Summer 2022 Edition

Summer Slide

"Summer Slide" is the studied phenomenon that shows kids lose

significant knowledge in reading and math over summer break,

which tends to have a snowball effect as they experience

subsequent skill loss each year. A recent study of children in 3rd to

5th grades showed that students lost, on average, about 20

percent of their school-year gains in reading and 27 percent of

their school-year gains in math during summer break.

Who is at risk?

Younger children are prone to the most learning loss because they’re at a crucial stage in

their development. Children in kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade are

more likely to lose skills during the summer than older children.

What can parents do to help?

The good news is that basic skills aren’t hard to

maintain over the off-season! There are a number

of ways to keep kids engaged in reading and math

over the summer!


How Parents Can Help with Summer Slide

1. Let kids read what they want

Children won’t gain as much from summer reading if they aren’t truly enjoying it. Professor Kim says kids should have access to a wide variety of books that they enjoy reading and are fully able to comprehend. They’ll be on board: Nearly 60 percent of children ages 6 to 17 say they love or like reading books for fun a lot, and 52 percent think it’s extremely or very important, according to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report.

2. Make time for smart play

Games and puzzles are a great way for kids to brush up on the

basics while having fun at the same time. Whether it’s a game

geared specifically toward teaching kids math skills, or a learning

activity that helps them brush up on vocabulary, there are plenty of

ways to get children engaged and help them flex their brain power

without turning it into a tutoring session.

3. Get out of the house

Experts have found that novelty stimulates the brain and promotes

learning. Visiting a historic site or even simply reading together at the

park can help your child get more excited about reading and learning.

4. Use your imagination.

Kids who use their imagination are also expanding their vocabularies and experimenting with

new concepts. Even though it may not seem like they’re directly “learning” when they’re

crafting their own superhero capes with a superhero starter kit or dreaming up complex

chain reactions with Legos, they’re still calling on familiar skills and developing new ones.


Summer Reading Programs

Overdrive has a summer reading program called Sweet Reads. The 30 books for elementary are available for simultaneous users on Sora. Click on the picture for more information. Sora can be accessed through Harlandale Single Sign On.
San Antonio Public Library

Visit the library and attend an event this summer. Need to know what is happening at your library library, click on the link to visit the events calendar.

Bexar Bibliotech

Attend programs-Read-Earn Prizes-Win Prizes

Chuck E. Cheese Rewards

Looking for a fun and free way to motivate your kiddos to do their chores, finish their homework, practice their teamwork skills and more? Download, print and track progress on our Chuck E. Cheese Rewards Calendars and Behavior Charts for Kids.

HEB Summer Reading Club

Read 10 books this summer and record in your reading log handout. Once the log is complete, mail to the address given in the handout. You'll be rewarded with a special prize.

Pizza Hut Camp Book It

Parents, track and record your child's reading all summer long. When they meet their reading goal, they can one personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut.

Spurs Give Summer Reading Challenge

Track the # of minutes you read from June 13-August 8. Top three readers will earn Spurs swag, preseason Spurs tickets, and more.

Scholastic Summer Reading Home Base

By creating an account on Home Base, kids can join a community of readers and will be able to read books and stories; attend author events; interact with their favorite characters; play book-based games and activities; join dance parties; and more!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading

Read any eight books this summer and record them in the summer reading journal. Tell us which part is your favorite and why. Bring your reading journal between July 1, 2022-August 31, 2022. Receive a free book from the list in the pdf.
Read with Malcolm

READCamp is the free virtual summer reading training camp for kids in ages/grades PreK-8th. They’ll participate in training, drills and practice in order to maintain literacy skills and stay in great reading shape.

Read All Summer with Ebooks


Check out FREE eBooks and Audiobooks from the Harlandale ISD Libraries via Sora. Choose Harlandale ISD as your school and login with your username and password credentials. Users can check out up to 2 books at a time for a period of three weeks. Place a hold on books not currently available.

EBSCO K-8 eBooks

EBSCO is a free service provided by Region 20 services. They have several ebooks in pdf format. User your database and username credentials listed below.


Our TumbleBook Library has over 1,100 titles for grades K-12, including animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, and books in Spanish and French. The collection also features Graphic Novels! Use your database and username credentials on handout.

Epic Books is a free website from the hours 8-4pm. Students need a code if they never used Epic before. They can use the library classroom code: BIU6008 to join and then create a profile. If you would like to access after 4pm, you would need to pay a subscription.


Harlandale ISD has over 2,000 books available to all students. Please use username and password on Database Username and Password sheet listed below.

Abdo: We have over 400 books in English and Spanish. No login required.

Capstone Interactive: We have several books available in a read aloud format from Capstone. Please use username and password on Gillette Database Username and Password sheet listed below.

Summer Camps

Links to summer camps for every kind of learner: art, robotics, sports, and specialty camps in San Antonio.

More links for summer camps in San Antonio.

Link to virtual summer camps.

Link to free virtual camps and sites.

Ideas for Fun Activities

San Antonio Kids Out and About: Need ideas on what do with your chlldren, and where to go.

Camp Wonderopolis: The free online summer-learning destination that's full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments!

Start With a Book: Choose a topic to explore, find great books, and keep the adventure going. Sponsored by Reading Rockets.