Prevent Students from Losing What they Learned in School During their Summer Break

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Press Release


Elizabeth Castañeda, (408) 458-0662

Nancy Macías, (408) 712-2150

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Prevent Students from Losing What they Learned in School During their Summer Break

Everyone is encouraged to read and learn more by participating in the SJPL Summer Learning program

San José, Calif., June 1, 2023 – Prepare your child for academic success in the fall by ensuring that they attend and participate in library programs designed to keep them from being part of the summer slide, which may have a significant decline in a child’s knowledge in reading over the summer break.

To combat the concept of the summer slide, the San José Public Library (SJPL) encourages families and their children to register for the library’s annual Summer Learning program scheduled to run from June 1 through July 31. The program is completely free of charge and is geared towards keeping students reading and learning at the appropriate grade level and prepare them for the new school year. Some of the benefits to reading include but are not limited to growing their vocabulary, developing empathy, and gaining confidence.

To ensure that appropriate learning components are part of Summer Learning, SJPL librarians and staff work months in advance to produce an adequate program that incorporates educational events and workshops at all 25 SJPL locations across San Jose, which are also offered in multiple languages, and both in-person and virtually. Currently, SJPL has nearly 200 summer programs scheduled for people to attend.

Valuable prize giveaways are offered as incentives to those who join. Registrants receive a sign-up prize, and all participants who complete the Summer Learning program will also have a chance to win a grand prize available to different age categories. These prizes vary from coding robots and Polaroid cameras to JBL speakers and Beats headphones. In addition, branch libraries will host Summer Learning kick-off community celebrations during the first week of June.

With over 80 years of producing successful summer literacy programs, SJPL attracts thousands of participants year after year. In 2022, there were more than 11,000 registrations, readers logged nearly 72,000 titles, and more than 6.7 million minutes read.

For more information, including a list of prizes and upcoming events, visit:

About the San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL) is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and in the nation's 12th largest city. SJPL serves a culturally diverse population of nearly one-million and has over 700,000 library members, making it one of the busiest library systems nationwide. The library has worked to cultivate and establish a 21st Century library experience dedicated to public service and committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the core of its efforts. In addition to providing free library services to the community, SJPL proudly leads two citywide initiatives - the City's Education and Digital Literacy Strategy and the City's SJ Access digital equity initiative, which has become the number one provider of free public access to Wi-Fi connectivity, tech device lending, and multi-lingual digital literacy programs and support in the city. For more information, please visit


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