Summer vacation has finally arrived for area students. During this period of time, it is thought that student lose about 1/3 of the knowledge over the summer and have to be retaught that info, which causes instructors to lose, potentially, important time to teach them new things.

Did you know that 20 minutes of daily reading (a fraction of the time they spend on video games) can prevent this 'Summer Learning Loss'?  According to Oxford Learning:

On average, students lose about 2 months of reading skills over the summer. - oxfordlearning.com

To help spread the word on how important summer reading is, Waterloo Schools and area agencies have scheduled a whole slew of FREE events throughout the summer, that will not only be fun for the kids, but important for their educational development. You can also go to www.cedarvalleyreaders.org for help and more information.

Here are the events dates, times and locations:

June

  • 6/8 Storytime in the Park with CF Public Library, Neighbor’s Park, 10:30AM
  • 6/9 Book giveway & activities @ My Waterloo Days, Family Area
  • 6/9 Puppets @ Cedar Falls Public Library, 10AM & 11:30AM
  • 6/10 Storytime @ Cedar Falls Victorian Home, 10AM
  • 6/12 Hanson Family Jugglers @ CF Public Library, 10:30AM
  • 6/15 Messfest @ Waterloo Public Library, 10:30AM
  • 6/15 Storytime in the Park with CF Public Library, Neighbor’s Park, 10:30AM
  • 6/19 Insect Zoo @ Cedar Falls Public Library, 10:30-12:30PM
  • 6/22 IPTV’s Dan Wardell @ CF Community Center, 9:30AM & 10:30AM
  • 6/24 Lego Lab @ Waterloo Public Library, 10AM
  • 6/26 The Rope Warrior @ Waterloo Public Library, 10AM
  • 6/27 Picture Books & Puppets @ Grout Museum, 9AM-12PM Registration required; email us at cedarvalleyreaders@gmail.com
  • 6/28 Book giveaway @ Riverfront Sports Park, 5:30-7:30PM
  • 6/29 Book giveaway @ Riverfront Sports Park, 5:30-7:30PM
  • 6/30 Picture Books & Puppets @ Grout Museum, 1-4PM Registration required; email us at cedarvalleyreaders@gmail.com

July

  • 7/6 Book giveaway & activities @ Cedar Valley Arboretum, 10AM-12PM
  • 7/8 RAD Zoo @ Waterloo Public Library, 10AM
  • 7/11 Magician @ Waterloo Public Library, 10AM
  • 7/12 Musician Babaloo @ CF Public Library, 9:30AM & 11AM
  • 7/13 Family activities and wrestling history @ Dan Gable Museum, 5PM
  • 7/14 Puppets @ Waterloo Public Library, 10:30AM
  • 7/20 Storytime in the Park with CF Public Library, Neighbor’s Park, 10:30AM
  • 7/21 Summer Program party @ Waterloo Public Library, 10AM
  • 7/22 Cedar Valley Readers Night with Waterloo Bucks, free admission - Registration required; email cedarvalleyreaders@gmail.com
  • 7/27 Storytime in the Park with CF Public Library, Neighbor’s Park, 10:30AM
  • 7/28 Book giveaway & STEM activities @ Black Hawk County Fair, Estel Hall, 1-4PM

August

  • 8/5 Join us at the Iowa Irish Fest Family Area Stage, 1-3PM Storyteller, book giveaway & celebrity readers
  • 8/12 1000 Minute Reader Night @ Waterloo Bucks Riverfront Stadium, game starts at 6:35PM

Planning to check out these events?
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More info plus full event calendar at www.CedarValleyReaders.org