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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        CONTACT: Ranjna Das         
                                                                                                                                             (609) 267-9660
DATE: Tuesday, July 5, 2016                                                                                         Patricia Parente
                                                                                                                                           (609) 267-9660, ext. 3081                                              


Pemberton Library Urges High School Students to Beat the “Summer Slide”
Programs Funded by YALSA/Dollar General Summer Learning Resource Grant

Pemberton Library wants to help high school students beat the “summer slide” this year by offering special reading sessions and SAT prep classes in July and August.

The programs are being funded by a $1,000 Summer Learning Resources Grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. They include:

Teen Summer Reading Project Sessions (Mondays, July 11, 18, and 25, and Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 1:30 p.m.) – This program is available to all Pemberton Township High School students who have required summer reading projects. Enjoy snacks and reading this year’s book together, and by the end of the summer be ready to complete the project. Registration requested.

SAT Practice Test Prep (Tuesdays, July 12, 19, 26, and Aug. 2 and 9 at 10:30 a.m.) - Open to all high school students in Burlington County, this weekly small group program is designed to help prepare students taking the SAT test in the fall. Each participating student will be provided with a practice book and access to various online resources. Space is limited. Students must attend all sessions, and registration is required.

Pemberton Library officials hope both these programs will foster positive learning habits and long-term literacy skills while helping students avoid the summer slide.

Also known as summer learning loss, summer slide should not be taken lightly. According to the National Summer Learning Association, research shows students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of a summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Moreover, a 2010 report released by Dominican University indicates students who participate in library summer reading programs score higher on standardized reading tests than those who do not participate in them.

Pemberton Library is one of 20 recipients of 2016 YALSA/Dollar General Summer Learning Resources Grant funding. Learn more about YALSA at Learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation at

Pemberton Library is located at 16 Broadway Street, Browns Mills. For more information, or to register, call (609) 893-8262, or go to

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