Summer Reading 2018

From DPS Library Services

Summer Learning Loss and Reading

Summer is right around the corner and Library Services would love to partner with you to encourage students to read throughout the summer months in order to mitigate summer learning loss. “Studies show that access to books during the summer prevents a drastic loss in reading skills, especially for students in low income households” (Slates, Alexander, Entwisle & Olson, 2012). The research also shows that students need to read approximately 4-6 books to prevent reading loss, and at least 10-20 self-selected books to show gains (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2008). We encourage library staff, teachers and building leaders to share the research with students so they can understand more about their own learning gains and losses and take action to maintain their learning momentum.

Did you know you and your students have free, 24/7 access to eBooks and audiobooks? DPS students and staff can instantly access thousands of excellent titles through the OverDrive website and app using their DPS login credentials (OverDrive instructions linked here). This collection includes culturally responsive titles and curated collections. Go to or Our LION collection also contains Tumblebooks for our early elementary readers.

Overdrive Reading Kickoff Contest

Library Services is running a contest April 16th through May 4th to see which buildings can log in the most students and get them reading online! We will provide three bookfairs with 2-3 free books for each students, with at least one bookfair at each level (elementary, middle and high) to the schools with the highest percentage of students logging in and reading. Winners will be announced on May 7th, and bookfairs will take place the week of May 21st.

Summer Reading Overdrive Contest

Read Read Read. We would like to encourage students to read as much as possible over the summer while also contributing to their school's chances to win an author visit for their student community.

We will be celebrating the school at each level (elementary, middle and high) that has the highest number of Overdrive books read per student with a free author visit in the fall including signed books for students to own! We will partner with you to select an author that resonates with your student community.

Denver Public Library Summer Learning Program Partnership

Every summer the Denver Public Library puts on a fabulous summer program that encourages students to read, and provides a full calendar of enriching, exciting, FREE programs in branches across the city. We will receive aggregated school level data on student participation and will be donating $2,000 in school library book credits to the building at each level with the highest participation rate.

Summer Reading Presentation for Staff

Use this quick slideshow presentation to reinforce the significant impact of summer reading on students’ literacy development, or check out our Schoology Summer Learning Toolkit with course code 9Z4PW-BN7KZ.

Contact our Library Services help desk for more information at