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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   CONTACT: Ranjna Das         
                                                                                                                                     (609) 267-9660
DATE: Thursday, June 22, 2017                                                                               Patricia Parente
                                                                                                                                     (609) 267-9660, ext. 3081                                              

Programs Funded by YALSA/Dollar General Summer Learning Resource Grant


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

Offered at no cost to the students, both 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:

• SAT Practice Test Prep Classes (Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 and 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) – Available to high school students entering grades 9 through 12 in September, these small group sessions are designed to prepare students planning to take the SAT exam, either during the upcoming school year or the following year. Each participant will receive a course practice book and access to online resources. Students must attend all sessions, and registration is required.

• Teen Summer Reading Book Club (Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, and August 7, 14 and 21, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) – Students are invited to participate in
a weekly book club focusing on this year’s Pemberton Township High School required summer reading. By the end of the summer, participants will have read and discussed the book as a group. Copies of the novel, “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline, will be provided. Registration requested.

The two programs are designed to foster positive learning habits and long-term literacy skills while helping students avoid the summer slide, also known as summer learning loss. 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, according to the National Summer Learning Association. 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.

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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