"Summer slide" might sound fun and refreshing, but the phrase – referring to the educational ground children can lose during the summer – makes teachers and administrators shudder.

There are ways to stop "summer slide," and reading is one of them. Research shows that reading 200 pages per week – less than 30 pages a day – increases student achievement and promotes cognitive growth. Children who spend just 30 minutes a day over the summer reading – and then discussing what they've read – are better prepared when school resumes.

For the next two months, each Worthington Libraries location will hold a series of programs that aims to halt summer slide and keep children reading – and learning – all summer long.

The series at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, encourages students ages 6 to 14 to stop in the homework help center and work on math or language arts skills using board games. Sessions are planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, June 4 through June 25.

The meeting room at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, will be open Tuesdays, June 5 through June 26, for children ages 6 to 8 to practice reading aloud with library staff members and trained volunteers. Other reading and writing activities are planned from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Also for ages 6 to 8 is a "Stomp"-style interactive program, a tinker-tech session, the opportunity to talk to musicians and more at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. The Discover Music series will be held June 14 and 28 and July 12 and 26. All programs start at 4 p.m.

The library's music-themed summer-reading club, which continues through July 29, is another way to keep children's minds active. Participants can choose to read their way to prizes, or decide instead to attend library programs or complete DIY activities, such as writing a song or making music with household items. Sign up at any Worthington Libraries location or at worthingtonlibraries.org/src.

* Worthington Libraries attributed the May 3 Library Lines column, "Potluck will blend cultures, cuisines," to Jennifer Maier. It was written by Meredith Whittaker.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.