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Georgia Department of Education announces 2016 summer reading resources, events

GaDOE and partners will host events throughout Georgia, donate 100,000+ books to students


MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358,

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May 19, 2016 – When students don’t read during the summer months, they lose educational ground: research shows that students can lose up to three months of reading ability over the summer. This phenomenon – known as summer loss – can lower achievement potential and widen the achievement gap.

Fortunately, this summer reading loss is preventable. Research shows that children who read during the summer don’t suffer the same losses, and may even show some growth in their reading ability.

To ensure students and families have the support the​y need to make literacy a priority this summer, the Georgia Department of Education is working to get books in the hands of as many students as possible, through summer reading events, resources, and the donation of more than 100,000 books.

“Literacy is a top priority for my administration and a core focus in our agency’s strategic plan,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Summer reading is critically important for maintaining and growing reading abilities, so we strongly urge every Georgia student to read this summer. However, we didn’t want to make that recommendation without providing the resources to make it a reality – and I’m grateful that, with the help of many generous partners, we’ll be able to get books into the hands of Georgia’s kids this summer. I also encourage students and parents to go to their local library and take advantage of the resources they have available and read all throughout the summer.”

Statewide summer reading resources

Students can visit to log the books they read this summer. We’ll keep track of books read and recognize winning students, schools, and districts.

Georgia’s public libraries also have summer reading programs and activities throughout the summer, and we encourage students to utilize this resource and sign up for a library card. Click here to find your local library.

For those who have access to a digital device, students also have access to more than 10,000 free e-books all summer, thanks to a partnership between myON and Get Georgia Reading. Visit for directions on how to access these books.

Book donations

Thanks to a partnership with Change 4 Georgia, Better World Books, and Scholastic, the GaDOE is donating 100,000+ books to Georgia students this summer. Of that total, 25,000 books will go to Georgia’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, community centers that operate outside of school hours, including during the summer. The remainder will be distributed through the Georgia Food Bank Association and other organizations, as well as through summer reading events hosted by the GaDOE.

Summer reading events

The GaDOE is hosting summer reading events for students at several public libraries throughout the state this summer. Members of the public are encouraged to attend these events, which will feature summer reading activities and programming along with an opportunity to receive free books. 

Thursday, June 2 in Macon – 10 to 11 a.m.

Washington Memorial Library

1180 Washington Avenue

Macon, GA 31201

Wednesday, June 15 in Dalton – noon to 1 p.m.

Dalton-Whitfield County Library

310 Cappes Street

Dalton, GA 30720

Friday, June 24 in Fitzgerald – 10 to 11 a.m.

Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Library

123 North Main St.

Fitzgerald, GA 31750

*This event will also feature information on summer meals through GaDOE and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).


Friday, June 24 in Bainbridge – 1 to 2 p.m. (Bookmobile)

Bainbridge Middle School

1301 East College Street

Bainbridge, GA 39817

1:00 – 2:00 pm


The GaDOE’s summer reading events and initiatives are possible thanks to the collaboration of generous partners throughout the state, including Change 4 Georgia, the Get Georgia Reading Campaign, the Georgia Public Library Service, and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, a group of 120 middle and high school students from across the state, is helping to coordinate this summer’s events – so they are truly by students, for students.​