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Avoiding “Summer Slide”

Studies show that children who do not read or have access to books during the summer lose up to 2 months of reading performance. Those losses accumulate during the elementary school years so that by the time a child enters middle school he/she may be 2 1/2 years behind. All children, whether from low, middle or upper income families, may fall victim to the “summer slide” if not provided with summer reading opportunities. So how can we prevent the…

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The Importance of Reading to Kids

Turn The Page has been lucky to partner with the Roanoke Public Libraries in distributing the board book Roanoke Baby to moms and babies at the NICU and Labor and Delivery floor at Carilion Hospital.  Roanoke Public Libraries has benefited from the strong leadership of Library Director Sheila Umberger, and we consider her to be a valued partner and colleague in our mission to give new books to all babies born in Roanoke and sharing the importance…

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Early Experience is Critical

Shortly after birth, babies’ brains form connections between brain cells – forming as many as 700 connections per second. Interaction from adults determines how these connections form. “Early experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Just as a weak foundation compromises the quality and strength of a house, adverse experiences early in life can impair brain architecture, with negative effects lasting into adulthood.”*

*Harvard Center…