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Closing school libraries during summer vacation creates a situation where students simply lose access or must look elsewhere for access to informational and educational materials and personal conversations regarding written texts. The purpose of this study was to investigate middle school students' reading habits and motivational reasons, expressed by students, for wanting to attend a school-sponsored summer reading program.

The methodology used for this study was quantitative research. An existing survey, the Adolescent Motivation to Read Profile, was adapted to fit the needs of this study and data was collected. The population was limited to 149 seventh grade students from Urbandale Middle School, in Urbandale, Iowa. Due to a small number of students returning parent permission slips, data was only collected from 20 students. Upon completion of the data analysis, the researcher found that more female than male students rated themselves as readers, students who rated themselves as readers are influenced by friends and families, and that these students rated activities such as book choice, teacher or teacher librarian help with book selection, and access to high interest materials as appealing, but did not rate having books read aloud or having book discussion as appealing.

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Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

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Karla Krueger


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