Studies have been done which show that public library summer reading programs enhance student achievement. Below are a few web sites which highlight research on summer reading and its effects on student achievement.
Summer vacations cause disadvantaged children to fall behind.
This is a compendium of research and resources which show the effectiveness of summer reading programs in assisting with student achievement and the public library's role. (Permission granted to use this resource by Anne Simon, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library)
U.S. Department of Education sponsored this program designed to encourage students in grades K-8 to read during the summer months and to help prevent fall-off in reading skills during vacation months.