After-School Programming in the Library
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The public library can play a unique role in connecting students with effective after-school programming. When done correctly, public libraries meet their goals of creating life-long library users, help students with informational and educational needs, and provide a safe learning environment. After-school programs can provide children the opportunity for improving academic achievement. However, are these programs effective? The research provided to answer this question was limited to peer-reviewed journals, program studies, and print resources. This research paper offers evidence regarding the impact after-school programs have on participants. The results show that participants in after-school reading promotion programs are exposed to more reading time and, in turn, improve reading ability. Those participants attending after-school homework assistance programs did not show significant changes in academic achievement, although attitudes toward school improved. This research also mentions the importance of technology in after-school programming and offers information regarding funding and evaluation.