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Six Ways to Stem the Summer Slide

Be ready when the first school bell rings in August

Summer vacation is winding down. Will your students be in the right frame of mind when classes begin?

Academic skills can fade during the summer months. Most students lose some math ability, and reading talent can tumble, too, particularly among low-income kids, the National Summer Learning Association reports.

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative helps students avoid the "summer slide." With a variety of classes, programs, and activities, the library system wants kids to enjoy their summer break, while ensuring they are ready to learn when the long vacation ends.

It's not too late to get involved.

Here are six programs for children and teens:

• Meet Ozobot, a tiny robot you can program using a computer or by drawing on paper! Learn how to code a robot that can change colors, explore mazes, dance, race, and more at the West Tampa Branch Library. Robotics with Ozobots is for ages 8 and older and takes place at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 10. Learn More.

• Raise a cute, stitched zombie creature from the dead. No sewing experience is needed for teens in grades 6-12 to create Feltie Zombie Keychains at the Austin Davis Public Library at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12. Register by calling (813) 273-3652 and asking for the Austin Davis Public Library. Learn More.

• Celebrate Summer Learning with MILO! Join us for a fun-filled day of interactive activities to encourage and celebrate reading and school success. Activities at the MILO: Mobile Interactive Literacy Opportunity include: Reading circles, arts and crafts, a technology station, and FREE BOOKS, while supplies last. A meet-and-greet with a PBS Kids character guest is part of the fun at the 78th Street Community Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 15. Learn More.

• Children in grades K-5 can use polymer clay to design 3D sculptures. Use a suggested design or come up with your own at the Polymer Clay Sculpture at the Thonotosassa Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19. Learn More.

• Design and create a mini derby racer and test it on our track against other participants at Nerdy Derby Racing at the John F. Germany Public Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 22. Use any of the supplies from our workshop or bring your own to make your car as creative and quick as you can. Children ages 5 and older can bring the whole family, compete for the best car, and see where they place on the leaderboard. Sign Up Here.

• Events for children and teens are planned at libraries throughout Hillsborough County on Summer Learning Day, Thursday, July 13. Learn More.

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Photo information: A young learner at the Seminole Heights Library.


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