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District Announces Summer Reading Program Guidelines
Posted on 05/07/2019
The Bibb County School District is partnering with the Middle Georgia Regional Libraries for the 2019 Summer Reading Program. When students don’t read during the summer months, they lose educational ground. In fact, research shows that students can lose up to three months of reading ability over the summer. To ensure that Bibb County students don’t fall behind while school is out of session, we are asking all students to read every day during the summer for a minimum of 20 minutes. Students have access to many books through a variety of local resources as well as resources provided by the Georgia Department of Education. This makes it is easier than ever for all to find great books.

The theme for this year’s summer reading program is “A Universe of Stories.” During the summer break all Georgia students will have access to high quality digital books online through myOn.com. (login information will be sent out as soon as it is available) In addition to utilizing digital books online, students are also encouraged to visit the public library to check out books. The Middle Georgia Public Libraries offer an easy to use searchable online catalog of available books at http://gapines.org/eg/kpac/home. 

Students may choose to read any books using the guidelines below. There are no required reading lists for most BCSD students. High school students should always check with their teachers for required reading. Any required reading counts towards summer reading goals. Also, a list of suggested titles will be provided online for families to refer to. You can find suggested titles on our Summer Reading page. Students are also encouraged to use the Find a Book Georgia resource to find books on their Lexile reading level. The link to this resource is https://www.lexile.com/fab/ga/. Your child’s school will ensure each student knows his or her Lexile level for summer reading. The MGRL public librarians can also help your child find a book that is just right for them to read this summer. Make summer reading even more enjoyable by reading to and reading with your children when possible.

Summer reading goals based on this year’s grade levels are:
K-1st  Grade students: 10 Books (5 on Lexile; 5 student choice regardless of Lexile level)
2nd Grade Students: 8 Books  (4 on Lexile; 4 student choice regardless of Lexile level)
3rd Grade Students: 8 books, at least 2 of them – chapter books and one book report (4 on their Lexile level; 4 student choice regardless of Lexile – at least one of the chapter books has to be on Lexile level)
4th and 5th Grade Students: 3 chapter books and one book report (2 on their Lexile level; 1 student choice regardless of Lexile level)
6th – 11th Grade Students: 4 books (a variety of nonfiction and fiction (2 on their Lexile level; 2 student choice regardless of Lexile level) 

Students will receive a reading log to keep a record of books they read this summer. Additional logs will be available online on the Summer Reading web page. High school and middle school students should return their completed BCSD Reading Log(s) to their first period teacher and elementary school students should return their completed log(s) to their homeroom teacher on the first day of school.
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