Announcing digital summer reading initiative goal of 1.5 million minutes

School is out for summer, but the push for grade level reading is still very strong in the summer months. United Way of Central Georgia, in partnership with Get Georgia Reading, is relaunching the Renaissance myON summer reading program.  Lasting through August 21st, the free, 24-hour personal library offers thousands of free books available on your computer or mobile device. All children, parents and guardians, educators, and librarians can search more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles.
In 2018, Georgia children and their families in 134 counties participated in the program and spent 927,344 minutes reading 66,614 books. Children in Bibb County read 4,498 of those books and came in 4th place as the most “well-read” county behind Gwinnett, Fulton, and Laurens County.
“It is widely understood that, on average, students lose academic ground during the summer, and some research shows this can be as much as 20 to 50 percent,” said George McCanless, President and CEO of United Way of Central Georgia. “This program is one way we can support local families with school age children to help mitigate those potential losses.”
To register for this great free online resource, visit here. After registering, you’ll receive your username and password in an email and can login on the app or online here.