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PA Department of Education Experiences Summer Learning Activities at Swarthmore Public Library

06/03/2022

Swathmore, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Education Executive Deputy Secretary Dr. Debora Carrera today visited Swarthmore Public Library in Delaware County to attend the All Ages Outdoor Storytime.

“When the weather gets warmer and school is out of session, it’s critical that students have access to fun and engaging learning opportunities to combat learning loss and summer slide,” said Dr. Carrera. “Activities like Swarthmore Public Library’s All Ages Outdoor Storytime encourage families to take advantage of all the great things their local libraries offer—connection, entertainment, and new experiences—often at no cost.”

In his 2022-23 budget proposal, Governor Tom Wolf has requested a $1.25 million increase for libraries, including a $1 million increase in the Public Library Subsidy. The subsidy goes directly to local libraries, library systems, and 29 district library centers, and provides every Pennsylvanian access to statewide resource center libraries at the State Library of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the libraries of The Pennsylvania State University.

Summer reading programs like the All Ages Outdoor Storytime include a variety of individual and family activities that offer experiential learning, such as scavenger hunts, story walks, craft-making, storytelling, writing, and more. The programs often include a variety of individual and family activities that offer experiential learning, such as scavenger hunts, story walks, craft-making, storytelling and writing, contests, giveaways, and more.

Through a survey conducted last summer, Pennsylvania youth indicated the difference that their library makes in their lives. Approximately 90 percent of surveyed youth felt welcome at the library in the summer, and more than 75 percent strongly agreed that they would continue to visit the library and participate in programs and activities after summer ends. Additionally, libraries led the way in providing equitable and accessible learning experiences through programs centering on art, story times, special presenters, literacy, and STEM. Forty-two percent of libraries indicated that they collaborate with their local school districts to extend learning experiences in out-of-school settings.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Casey Smith - casesmith@pa.gov

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